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IGRAC, Your Partner in Groundwater

IGRAC, Your Partner in Groundwater

IGRAC, the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre, is a UNESCO centre that works under auspices of WMO and is supported by the Government of The Netherlands. IGRAC specialises in regional- and transboundary-level assessment and monitoring of groundwater resources with a focus on managed aquifer recharge, groundwater governance and SIDS.   
 
One of IGRAC’s flagship products is the Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS). It is a web-based Geographic Information System, which supports the storage, visualisation, analysis and sharing of groundwater data and information through map-based modules. The GGIS is a highly interactive system that can easily be enlarged with new thematic and/or regional (project) modules.

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 (1 in 10) still lack access to safe drinking water

 (1 in 10) still lack access to safe drinking water (WHO & UNICEF, 2015)

In Africa, more people have access to a mobile phone (93%) than to piped water (63%)

In Africa, more people have access to a mobile phone (93%) than to piped water (63%) (Afrobarometer, 2016)

Globally, 1/3 of all schools lack access to safe water

Globally, 1/3 of all schools lack access to safe water (WHO & UNICEF, 2015)

Groundwater supplies 1/2 of all drinking water in the world

Groundwater supplies 1/2 of all drinking water in the world (UNESCO-WWAP, 2009)

Groundwater supplies 43% of the global consumptive use

Groundwater supplies 43% of the global consumptive use in irrigation (Siebert et al., 2010)

Two-thirds of the World’s aggregated groundwater is abstracted in Asia

Two-thirds of the World’s groundwater is abstracted in Asia (UN WWDR 2012)

World’s aggregated groundwater abstraction is 1,000 km3 per year

67% of all groundwater is used for irrigation (food production)

67% of all groundwater is used for irrigation (food production)

22% of all groundwater is used for domestic purposes (drinking water and sanitation)

22% of all groundwater is used for domestic purposes (drinking water and sanitation)

11% of all groundwater is used for industry

11% of all groundwater is used for industry

News

IGRAC presented at groundwater session Budapest Water Summit 2016
Post date: Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:18
This week, IGRAC Director Neno Kukuric contributed to the session 'Groundwater Sustainability - How can we manage the commons under uncertainty?' of the Budapest Water Summit 2016. During this session, he highlighted the importance of sustainable management groundwater and raising awareness about this hidden resource.
Submit MAR data and contribute to the MAR Portal
Post date: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:52
Recently, IGRAC has launched the MAR Portal, which contains data resulting from the Global MAR Inventory with 1200 case studies from over 50 countries. This data was compiled and analysed INOWAS, DEMEAU and IAH-MAR Commission. Building on this inventory, IGRAC now offers other organisations and researcher to contribute to the MAR Portal by adding MAR data.
Groundwater stress and groundwater use in Germany
Post date: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:21
IGRAC has published an open access report on 'Assessing Groundwater Stress: An approach of measuring groundwater stress based on sub-national statistical data'. This report, written by Benedikt Ahner, presents a scheme on how to process sub-national water withdrawal and use datasets specified by source and sectoral use, for (ground)water stress calculations at various scales.
Groundwater Monitoring in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific
Post date: Wed, 11/09/2016 - 15:18
IGRAC and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have published a report on “Groundwater Monitoring in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific”, which is freely available in the downloads section. The report is a summary on groundwater monitoring practices in Pacific SIDS and is an outcome of a recently held workshop “Advancing Groundwater Monitoring in Pacific SIDS”.

Events

Cooling towers in Johannesburg by Robert Staudhammer
Event Date:
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 08:00 to Friday, December 2, 2016 - 14:00
From 28 November till 2 December 2016, the 2nd Regional meeting on tools for the sustainable management of transboundary aquifers will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Senior Researcher Geert-Jan Nijsten will be involved in this meeting as RAMOTSWA project member and IGRAC representative.
WMO meeting Commission of Hydrology in Rome, Italy
Event Date:
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 08:30 to Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 17:30
From 7 to 13 December 2016, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will organise a meeting for the Commission for Hydrology (CHy), which will be held at the Barceló Aran Mantegna in Rome, Italy. Researcher Nienke Ansems will represent IGRAC during this meeting. 
NASA Satellite image of shrinking Aral Sea in 2014
Event Date:
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 14:00
With the endorsement of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs IGRAC is organising a Roundtable on the Aral Sea Basin, to be held in Delft (The Netherlands) on the 16th December from 14.00-17.00.
World Water Congress XVI IGRAC
Event Date:
Monday, May 29, 2017 (All day) to Friday, June 2, 2017 (All day)
The IWRA 'XVI World Water Congress' will be held in Cancun, Mexico, from 29th of May till 2nd of June. IGRAC will participate in several groundwater related sessions.