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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

H2020 FREEWAT architecture
Post date: Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:52
The FREEWAT Project, after two years of successful activities in the field of water management, has entered the most exciting part of its ambitious scopes. The FREEWAT Consortium is pleased to announce the release of the open source FREEWAT platform v.0.4 through the FREEWAT website (registration is compulsory for statistical purposes)
Join the INOWAS Summer School on MAR in Dresden, Germany
Post date: Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:58
From 4 till 15 September 2017, INOWAS will organise its second International Summer School on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR). This course will be hosted by TU Dresden and takes place in its main campus. IGRAC Researcher Nienke Ansems will be one of the lecturers during the course. Tuition fee, accommodation (on TUD campus), lunch and technical trips will be covered for all selected participants. Application deadline: 15 May 2017.
High-level delegation from Thailand visits IGRAC for groundwater governance programme
Post date: Mon, 04/03/2017 - 13:53
On 13 and 14 March 2017, a high-level delegation visited the Netherlands for a meeting and site visit on groundwater governance and groundwater monitoring systems, organised by IGRAC and partners. High government officials from several ministries and departments visited IGRAC, UNESCO-IHE, Deltares, Acacia Water and Waternet.
The Chronicles Consortium groundwater-level analysis and training workshop
Post date: Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:59
The Chronicles Consortium, supported by the UPGro programme, AfriWatSan & ESPRC, conducted a pan-African capacity-strengthening and knowledge co-production workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania from the 10th to 12th of February, 2017.  

Events

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.
World Water Week 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Event Date:
Sunday, August 27, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day)
World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2017, World Water Week will address the theme “water and waste – reduce and reuse”. In 2016, over 3,200 individuals and around 330 convening organizations from 130 countries...
2nd International INOWAS Summer School on Managed Aquifer Recharge, Dresden (Germany)
Event Date:
Monday, September 4, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 15, 2017 (All day)
From 4 till 15 September 2017, the 2nd International INOWAS Summer School on Managed Aquifer Recharge will be held at TU Dresden, Germany. IGRAC is involved in the organisation of the course and IGRAC Researcher Nienke Ansems is one of the lecturers.
Dubrovnik Old Town by Michael Caven
Event Date:
Monday, September 25, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 29, 2017 (All day)
The Croatian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists is honoured to host the 44th Annual Congress “Groundwater Heritage and Sustainability” in the Dubrovnik Palace hotel, Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 25th to 29th September 2017.