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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

Vacancy: Junior/Medior Groundwater Specialist (2 positions)
Post date: Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:03
The Junior/Medior Groundwater Specialist participates in the development and implementation of all IGRAC activities and projects, including the Global Groundwater Monitoring Network (GGMN) programme and the assessment of internationally shared aquifers within the ISARM programme. The specialist updates the content of the Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS), maintains the underlying database and online portal and oversees further GGIS software development. The duties also include organising, conducting and follow-up of meetings and workshops organised by IGRAC in various parts of the world. 
Groundwater Overview during the UN-Water meeting in Stockholm
Post date: Mon, 09/04/2017 - 11:02
During the last meeting of UN-Water, IGRAC presented a proposal to produce an overview of groundwater activities by UN-Water Members (UN agencies and programmes) and Partners (UN affiliated organisations, NGOs, int. associations, etc.) organisations.
SADC launches its Groundwater Information Portal developed by IGRAC
Post date: Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:36
On 31 May and 1 June, IGRAC gave a training workshop for SADC-GMI staff on how to work with the SADC Groundwater Information Portal (GIP). This SADC-GIP has recently been launched and is developed by IGRAC.
IGRAC PhD Fellow Kirstin I. Conti successfully defended her PhD thesis
Post date: Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:34
On the 4th of July 2017, Kirstin I. Conti has successfully presented and defended her PhD thesis and was awarded with a Doctoral degree.

Events

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.
GRIPP at IAH Congress in Dubrovnik
Event Date:
Thursday, September 28, 2017 (All day)
The 7th GRIPP Partners Meeting will be held during the 44th IAH Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia. During this face-to-face meeting, GRIPP partners will discuss the progress in GRIPP’s activities, partnership building, branding, product development and project initiatives. As one of GRIPP's core group...