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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

IAH TBA Commission projects
Post date: Thu, 12/29/2016 - 14:25
The IAH Commission on Transboundary Aquifers has launched a website (http://isarm.org/IAH-TBACommission) that attempts to bring together all available information related to transboundary groundwater. This website contains an overview of transboundary aquifer projects and another overview with publications.
DIKTAS GGIS Viewer
Post date: Thu, 12/22/2016 - 09:27
IGRAC has launched a new viewer with groundwater information from the Dinaric Karst region of the Balkan Peninsula. This map viewer contains the results from the DIKTAS project and is part of the Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS). The viewer is designed to provide information to a wide group of stakeholders, like groundwater users and those engaged in the management of the groundwater resources in the region.
UNESCO and Government of the Netherlands reaffirmed commitment to IGRAC until 2022
Post date: Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:30
On Tuesday December 6th, the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and the Government of the Netherlands reaffirmed their commitment to IGRAC by signing a new agreement until 2022. This agreement was signed by Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Ms. Margot Llompart, Deputy Permanent Delegate of the Netherlands to UNESCO, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
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.

Events

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.
World Water Forum, Brasilia 2018
Event Date:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 (All day) to Friday, March 23, 2018 (All day)
The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council. Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development...