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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

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.  
GRIPP was presented to members and partners of UN-Water
Post date: Thu, 02/23/2017 - 13:56
The first face-to-face Partners’ Meeting of GRIPP (Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice) was held on 8-9 February in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting was used to discuss and agree about basic principles of the partnership, including the mission, structure and governance, but also about the impact pathways and short-terms actions.
IGRAC organises Aral Sea Roundtable
Post date: Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:44
On 16 December, a roundtable on Aral Sea was held in Delft. Experts from Central Asian countries as well as representatives from international organisations gathered to discuss the past, present and future of the Aral Sea. The Roundtable was organised by IGRAC in cooperation with UNESCO-IHE as a part of the training course on Preventive Diplomacy for Transboundary Water Management with a Focus on Central Asia. 
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.

Events

Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR) Thailand
Event Date:
Monday, March 13, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (All day)
On 13 and 14 March a delegation from the Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR) Thailand will visit the Netherlands. DGR is a department within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and responsible for groundwater management in Thailand. DGR recently established a groundwater...
Official launch: World Water Development Report 2017
Event Date:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (All day)
The WWDR 2017 will be launched on 22 March 2017, which is the international World Water Day. The launch event will take place in the Sandton Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the event the main findings of the WWDR 2017 will be presented to the audience and to the media.
World Water Day 2017
Event Date:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 00:15 to 23:45
The World Water Day is annual international event held on 22 March and was initiated in 1993 to raise awareness for the importance of sustainable management of the world's freshwater resources. The main theme for this year's World Water Day will be "Wastewater" and the will be activities and...
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.