This publication is one of the products of the Project “Groundwater Governance — A Global Framework for Action” implemented during the period April 2011- June 2016. The project was conceptualized by the World Bank and formulated under the leadership and supervision of Jacob Burke (FAO Offi cer at the time), in close consultation with partners. The joint project execution was led by FAO and overseen by a Steering Committee composed of Mohamed Bazza (Coordinator) and Nicoletta Forlano from FAO, Alice Aureli (UNESCO IHP), Shaminder Puri and John Chilton (IAH), Marcus Wijnen and Jacob Burke (World Bank) and Astrid Hillers (GEF).
A Core team of specialists composed of Stephen Foster, Jac van der Gun, Frank van Steenbergen, Stefano Burchi and Andrea Merla led the drafting process for the project final products and their discussion with the Steering Committee and selected groundwater specialists. FAO communication and information technology staff maintained the project website, designed the fi nal materials and helped with communication. Similarly, a large number of staff from FAO and UNESCO, both at the respective headquarters and decentralized units, provided ample logistic support for the large number of consultations and meetings as well as for the day-to-day activities of the project.