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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 participates in expert meeting on UNECE Third Assessment
Post date: Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:18
On 9-10 May 2017, IGRAC participated in the ‘Convention of the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes Expert Group on Transboundary Assessment’, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland.
IGRAC’s Groundwater Serious Game at Kenya-RAPID project
Post date: Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:33
IGRAC's Serious Groundwater Game will be used within the framework of the Kenya-RAPID project. This game called 'The Tragedy of the Groundwater Commons Game' aims to improve participants' insight in the social dilemma of the tragedy of the commons through different groundwater management scenarios.
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.

Events

Event Date:
Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day) to Friday, May 19, 2017 (All day)
This week UNECE and UNESCO will be holding technical webinars on SDG indicator 6.5.2 “Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation”:
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.
Workshop on recent progress on transboundary water cooperation in Geneva
Event Date:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (All day)
Over the past decades, there has been a considerable increase in the number of legal and institutional frameworks for transboundary water management. However, in the last ten years progress has somewhat slowed down and few new agreements have been signed. In addition, some basins with existing...
Geneva on the opposite shore by Dennis Jarvis
Event Date:
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, July 6, 2017 (All day)
The twelfth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (WGIWRM) under the Water Convention will be held from Wednesday, 5 July until Thursday, 6 July 2017 in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, starting at 10 a.m. on 5 July and ending at 5.00 p.m. on 6 July.