GRIPP partners International Groundwater Resources Assessment Center (IGRAC), the Center for Advanced Water Research (CAWR), and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) have co-created a map and interactive portal and inventory of managed aquifer recharge (MAR) interventions globally. By facilitating access and promoting international sharing of information and knowledge on MAR, the MAR portal encourages stakeholders to consider how it can be a viable solution for sustainable groundwater resources development and management.
The Climate Justice Fund Project is making strides on its goal to help Malawi achieve SDG 6. It is working to map all surface water, groundwater, gravity-fed, urban, waste, agricultural and rural water sources across Malawi. They have trained 100+ government staff in data collection and analysis, and have introduced borehole testing for water quality and sustainability, and much more.
The new Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Draft Strategy 2018-2023 strengthens the theme of Sustainable Groundwater Development. The goal is that groundwater resources are properly considered and sustainably used for developing drinking water supply sources and ensuring their long-term quality and security. The theme comprises three topics: Groundwater Resources Management, Professional Water Well Drilling and Groundwater Abstraction using Solar and Handpumps.
The Ramotswa Project has entered into its second phase. Led by IWMI, the project focuses on one of the most important shared aquifers in the Limpopo Basin--the Ramotswa Aquifer. The project is developing a scientifically informed, integrated and participatory strategy on how to resolve demographic, institutional, and climate-related water issues of the region. Understanding this groundwater resource could play a significant role in addressing multiple-level water insecurity.
Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro) is a seven-year African research program that received an A+ rating from the Department for International Development (DFID) and a successful mid-term review by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Attention in 2018 will be on the emerging findings from the five research consortia and their implications for improving groundwater policy, management and development across the continent.
Since its launch, the Africa Groundwater Atlas has been used around 500 times per month, by people across Africa and beyond, and has received very positive feedback from users. Prepared by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and developed as part of UPGro, the Africa Groundwater Atlas received additional funding in 2017. The Atlas is an online resource that provides a consistent overview of the groundwater resources of fifty-one African countries, and a gateway to further information. The Atlas and the accompanying Africa Groundwater Literature Archive help improve the availability and accessibility of high quality information on groundwater in Africa.
The Association of Water Drilling Rig Owners & Practitioners (AWDROP), a non-profit in Nigeria, has been contributing immensely to National Water Policy in curtailing over-abstraction of groundwater in Nigeria. This year they are incorporating a Groundwater Replenishment Program and a Borehole Rejuvenation and Rehabilitation Program into the Nigerian National Water Bill, and boosting regulation on drilling companies.
The Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net) has started partnership with a new program on groundwater-surface water interactions. The initiative has received funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York through the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) program. They are also developing a SADC course on professional drilling. It is anticipated that early in 2018, short courses on borehole drilling and supervision will be held at the SADC Groundwater Management Institute (GMI) in South Africa, and short course on Procurement, Costing & Pricing and Contract Management will be held at WaterNet in Zimbabwe. Notices will be published in various media once the course dates are finalized.
The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) contributed to the new “BMZ Water Strategy – A key contribution to implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement” that was published in July 2017, serving as a guiding framework for country strategies and political dialogue. Additionally, they developed a module on sustainable groundwater management as part of a GIZ manual for the implementation of solar powered irrigation (SPIS). BGR has been actively involved in a number of conferences and advocated for GRIPP, including at the 12th Gulf Water Conference in Bahrain, Stockholm World Water Week, and the 8th Water Research Horizon Conference in Hamburg, Germany.
Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) and partners are contributing to a consortium working to address sustainability concerns for the High Plains Aquifer in the USA, where groundwater is heavily used for food production and serves over seven states. They are developing a comprehensive, aquifer-wide hydrologic model as an important baseline tool to estimate climate change and management impacts on groundwater levels across the region.
IGES’s new strategy is to promote sustainable use of groundwater in ASEAN and South Asian region for climate change adaptation, including, for the mitigation of droughts and for building the resilience of the smallholder farmers. With this, IGES looks forward to collaboration with GRIPP and its partners to highlight the supplementary use of groundwater as a new policy option for climate change adaptation and together intends to find technical and financing solutions to achieve this.