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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 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.
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.

Events

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.
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...