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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

Meet our new researcher: Claudia Ruz Vargas
Post date: Thu, 11/23/2017 - 09:30
Earlier this month, Claudia Ruz Vargas joined the IGRAC team as our Researcher. After obtaining her joint master’s degree in Groundwater and Global Change, the Chilean decided to apply for the junior groundwater specialist position. “I look forward to participate in projects that contribute to an improved and more sustainable management of groundwater resources, at a regional and international level”, Claudia says.
IGRAC and IHE Delft organise groundwater governance training in Benin
Post date: Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:40
Together with IHE Delft and the Institut National de l’Eau (INE) from Benin, IGRAC organised a tailor-made training on groundwater governance in Cotonou, Benin from 9 to 13 October. The over-arching training objective was to learn how groundwater governance can contribute to sustainable groundwater management and how this may secure Benin’s livelihoods under climate change and rising competing demands.
Post date: Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:01
Following a call for feasibility studies for spacebased services integrating the Internet of Things (IoT), the European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded the Blue Desert project to the Blue Value consortium. This consortium’s software solution will monitor groundwater in desert areas using IoT and satellite Earth observation technology.
TWAP regional information sheets
Post date: Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:37
Eleven regional water system information sheets have been made available for download. These information sheets are a result of the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP), which was funded by The GEF and executed by UNEP.

Events

Global workshop for integrated monitoring of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation
Event Date:
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, November 23, 2017 (All day)
From 21 to 23 November 2017, a global workshop for integrated monitoring of sustainable development goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation will be held in the Circus Theater Scheveningen in The Hague, The Netherlands. The 2030 agenda for sustainable development is an ambitious plan of action for...
IGRAC and SDGs
Event Date:
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 10:30 to 12:00
On Friday 24 November 2017, IGRAC will host a session on the importance of groundwater in SDG6. This session, chaired by Neno Kukuric, is one of the field excursions as part of the 'Global workshop for integrated monitoring of SDG6 on water and sanitation' and will take place at IHE Delft's...
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...
WMO global conference: 'Prosperity through Hydrological Services'
Event Date:
Monday, May 7, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (All day)
From 7 to 9 May 2018, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO OMM) will organise a global conference on  “Prosperity through Hydrological Services” and IGRAC has been invited to contribute to this meeting as well.