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WaterExhibition
The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations host a water exhibition titled “Building Water Resilience and Sustainability: The Singapore Perspective”, at the United Nations headquarter in New York City. This exhibition, which will be held ...
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, in his message for World Water Day 2022 said, “Water can be a source of conflict but also of cooperation. It is essential that we work together to provide better stewardship of all water sources, including ...
UN-Water’s Chair Mr Gilbert Houngbo
UN-Water’s Chair Mr Gilbert Houngbo opened today’s World Water Day celebrations with a video message to world leaders and experts from the water sector and beyond. Mr Houngbo said, “For policy-makers in the water sector and beyond, groundwater may be ...
UN WWDR 2022
As water scarcity grows across the world due to climate change, groundwater’s immense potential cannot be overlooked. This short video by the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme promotes the findings of the 2022 edition of the United Nations World Water ...
WorldWaterDay2022
The UN World Water Development Report 2022 “Groundwater - making the invisible visible” is launched on 21 March 2022 at the opening ceremony of the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal. The report and World Water Day 2022 sets ...
WHO
“The only time many people really think about groundwater is when things have gone terribly wrong— when they hear about community wells drying up or when toxic chemicals have leached into the groundwater, causing long, arduous walks to distant water ...
WorldWaterDay2022
On World Water Day, 22 March 2022, a ‘pivot’ event will be held in commemoration of World Water Day. Hosted at the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal, the event will be attended by heads of state and prominent ...
IWRA webinar
The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) will host two World Water Day webinars focusing on “Future gazing: groundwater action as climate action”. Both webinars will discuss the same topic but will include different panelists. The speakers will explore challenges, tipping ...
IAEA
Unlike surface waters, groundwater is invisible to the eye and hence often poorly understood. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) uses environmental isotope tracers for water quality assessment and pollution sources tracking, and information on water origin and its fate ...
Bucket
Even today, with vastly improved sources of data, groundwater governance suffers from large knowledge and awareness gaps that translate into institutional and policy voids, according to this article by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Demand for groundwater is increasing ...
self-supply
Following on from the theme of World Water Day 2022, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has produced a new factsheet focusing on self-supply of groundwater, which is the extraction of groundwater by a household, to either fully supply their ...
GWP
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has launched the new ‘GWP ToolBox – IWRM Action Hub’ (IWRM = integrated water resources management). This new platform represents a step-change in providing knowledge and action for water resources management. After wide consultation with ...
Graeme Williams / IWMI
To better understand and more sustainably manage groundwater, researchers at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) adopt interdisciplinary approaches to devise holistic solutions for the billions of people who depend on groundwater for survival and who could benefit from the ...
UN-Water’s Chair Mr Gilbert Houngbo
The UN-Water Chair, Mr Gilbert Houngbo, addressed the delegates at World Expo 2020 Dubai Water Week, 20-26 March 2022, with a video message about the importance of groundwater, saying, “Our drinking water and sanitation, our food supply and natural ecosystems ...
IWMI
In this interview, groundwater expert Dr. Karen Villholth, Principal Researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), explains how groundwater “is an invisible piece of the puzzle to resilience, sustainability, and natural ecosystems,” and “more important today than ever.”
FAO/UNEO webinar
As part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will host a webinar called ‘Restoring Freshwater’ on 22 March 2022, World Water Day. This ...
Webinar
In celebration of World Water Day 2022 and the UN World Water Development Report 2022, both on the theme of groundwater, IWHR, IAHR, UNESCO World Water Assessment Program and GWP China are organizing a webinar on 30 March 2022 that ...
WorldWaterDay2022
This new online course on groundwater management, hosted by Cap-Net, the UN Development Programme’s global network for capacity development in sustainable water management, aims to help participants gain awareness of the importance of groundwater, understand the need to preserve it ...
Mina Guli
Mina Guli is an Australian businesswoman and CEO of Thirst, a group promoting water conservation to young people. Mina once ran 62 consecutive marathons to raise awareness of the global water crisis. For World Water Day, Mina is doing a ...
More trees can boost groundwater recharge
In the African drylands, the predominant view used to be that more trees meant less water soaking into the ground and recharging aquifers. Tree planting was discouraged and in some areas people even uprooted trees. New research paints a more ...
WorldWaterDay2022
Water-stressed Djibouti receives groundwater from a well-field that may be part of a transboundary aquifer system. International cooperation and joint management to arrange and protect such water supplies are imperative in times of climate change and drought.
UNU-INWEH
The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has released a report summarizing the results of a preliminary assessment of water security in 54 countries in Africa considering ten components, including access to drinking water, sanitation, hygiene ...
UNDP
In this photo story, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) shows how its Climate Change Adaptation teams are solving water challenges all around the world, working with governments and communities worldwide to achieve equitable access to safe and affordable drinking ...
Wapor
Today, approximately 70 per cent of global groundwater withdrawals are used in the agricultural sector, for production of food, livestock and industrial crops. Monitoring groundwater is critically important to food security. WaPOR, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) portal, monitors ...
Youth space
At the World Water Forum, 21-26 March 2022, in Senegal, there will be a ‘Youth Space’ - a place where ideas and solutions converge across generations, sectors and countries. This space will offer young people from all over the world ...
Henk Ovink
Henk Ovink is the Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands and global water expert. In this podcast interview with RIMScast, Henk discusses groundwater and World Water Day, and shares the purification methods that have ...
WorldWaterDay2022
A webinar, called “Groundwater: protecting tomorrow’s resources”, will concentrate on groundwater for human water-supply, discussing its linkages with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Hosted by the International Water Association (IWA), participants will learn about sustainable groundwater ...
WorldWaterDay2022
Are you a young isotope hydrology professional interested in fighting climate change? Do you want to help countries around the world protect and preserve their precious water supplies? Then check out this new internship with the International Atomic Energy Agency ...
7 ways
Groundwater is often referred to as an ‘invisible resource’. Hiding under our feet, it is impossible to tell how much is there, which affects the way it is used and shared between communities and across borders.
World Bank Senegal
Senegal is already water stressed and current water withdrawals are projected to increase by 30 to 60 percent by 2035, while water-related extreme events and pollution cost Senegal over 10 percent of GDP every year. The Dakar area is especially ...
Groundwater illustration
Groundwater is the world’s most abundant freshwater resource and a crucial regulator of water extremes such as floods and drought. When we protect groundwater we save lives and ecosystems, improve health, reduce hunger and tackle climate change all at once. This ...
Hydroday
From the Spanish Group of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH-GE), in collaboration with different universities and Spanish public research organizations, a series of educational science activities will be held in different Spanish regions in order to publicize the importance ...
Stop the rot
“Stop the Rot” is an initiative to drive evidence-based action to ensure handpump and borehole quality. Set up by the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), Ask for Water and Skat Foundation, Stop the Rot is about tackling technical issues, installation ...
IWRA
This year’s World Water Day webinars from the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) aim to enable global citizens to ‘see’ groundwater and take personal action. The speakers will explore challenges, tipping points and triggers for groundwater resource management, and how ...
WorldWaterDay2022
Almost a quarter of the world’s groundwater is used by India. The country’s remarkable rise in agricultural productivity, dubbed the Green Revolution, was based on the development of groundwater resources But now, the country’s aquifers are dangerously depleted and polluted ...
WorldWaterDay2022
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a strategic partner of the 9th World Water Forum that will take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 21 to 26 March 2022. Below is a selection of key FAO sessions at the Forum ...
WorldWaterDay2022
The UN-Water Summit on Groundwater 2022 aims to bring attention to groundwater at the highest international level. Held in December 2022, the Summit will use the UN World Water Development Report 2022 as a baseline and the SDG 6 Global ...
Groundwater catalogue
A catalogue on groundwater management and governance tools, measures and instruments is being developed and will be introduced during the UN-Water Groundwater Summit, to be held in December 2022. The Groundwater Catalogue will be accompanied by a set of international ...
WorldWaterDay2022
World Water Day is just one of the ways in which the theme of groundwater is being highlighted this year, below are a few groundwater related activities in 2022: 21-26 March 9th World Water Forum: "Water security for peace and ...
Lions Club of Seregno AID
The Lions Club of Seregno AID is organising the sixth edition of the World Water Day Photo Contest focusing on the theme of ‘Water - making the invisible visible’. The competition is open to all lovers of photography and to ...
WMO data
The World Meterological Organization (WMO) generates high quality hydrological data, products and services. WMO’s three Global Hydrological Data Centres help “build a water value chain from data collection to decision”: The Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC) The International Groundwater Resource ...
UNDP cambodia
A report, commissioned with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), looks closely at the availability, use and management of groundwater in Cambodia. Approximately 50% of Cambodians are dependent on groundwater for drinking during the dry season. However ...
WorldWaterDay2022
A new book, Managing aquifer recharge: A showcase for resilience and sustainability, published by UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme) and partners, showcases 28 real-life examples of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) from around the world. The book, free to download or read ...
IWA
There are many benefits to incorporating groundwater into the water supply and the Danish experience provides an ideal case study. Denmark is a leading example of sustainable use and protection of groundwater. In Denmark, drinking water comes entirely from groundwater ...
IWRA game
The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) presents “Memory Mayhem: A Groundwater Puzzle Game.” This is an ‘escape the room’ style game that challenges your detective skills while entertaining and teaching about groundwater resources. The game is part of the IWRA ...
IWRA
Groundwater and climate change must be considered in the same legal context, according to a policy brief from the International Water Resources Association. With the vast majority of the world’s freshwater lying underground, the possible impacts of climate change on ...
UNDESA
The human family and our planet all depend on water for our survival. Yet, 2 billion people lack safe water today. There is a global water crisis and groundwater will play a vital role in solving it. To raise awareness ...
waterundergroundtalks
Water Underground Talks is a series of short videos in which groundwater experts from around the world share their passions and latest research. In an interview format, researchers from around the world explain their work on the connections between groundwater ...
Groundwater potential
Hundreds of millions of people in Africa depend on groundwater for their basic needs. How it is managed and shared in the future will be central to securing people’s lives and livelihoods. Groundwater needs to feature centre stage in policy ...
WorldWaterDay2022
Climate change is predicted to have a major impact on water resources. Groundwater has always displayed excellent drought resistance, and the presence of aquifers provides a ‘natural solution’ for deployment in change change adaptation. Groundwater management needs ‘strategic rethinking’ to ...
igrac map
The population of Western Africa is growing rapidly. The population of the region is predicted to increase from around 390 million people today to more than 790 million in 2050. As many of the rapidly expanding cities rely on groundwater ...
Primer on arsenic contamination
Arsenic is a poison that causes many illnesses and can be fatal. An estimated 140 million people in at least 70 countries are exposed to arsenic in drinking water above WHO’s (World Health Organization) guideline value. UNICEF and WHO’s Arsenic ...
Photo competition
Water Science Policy, a global, multilingual platform for water journalism, is launching a groundwater photostory competition, with support from the International Water Resources Association and UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme. If you are up to the challenge of documenting groundwater ...
WorldWaterDay2022
The IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), and other partners, are organising a livestream seminar on the past, present and future of groundwater management. Presentations will ...
IWRA policy briefs
Groundwater is the most significant, but least understood water resource on Earth, according to the IWRA (International Water Resources Association). In a series of five policy briefs, IWRA experts explore key themes addressing groundwater resilience under climate change: 1. Groundwater ...
Water International journal
For World Water Day 2022, the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) has compiled an insightful list of groundwater articles, published in Water International, IWRA’s peer review journal since 1975.
Making groundwater visible in Afghanistan
Climate change and some anthropogenic activities have reduced the quantity and the quality of groundwater throughout Afghanistan. Hydrogeology in Afghanistan is being recognized as a tool for peace and development. Under the auspices of IAPG (International Association for Promoting Geoethics) ...
WorldWaterDay2022
The São Paulo-Brussels Groundwater Declaration is based on a survey on groundwater challenges and solutions for sustainable management and awareness. Hundreds of hydrogeologists from all over the world participated in the survey. The analysis of the answers and thought-provoking suggestions ...
IWRA webinar
Groundwater is not only a story of over-exploitation, depletion and negative impacts. There are locations in which groundwater is managed successfully and problems solved by good cooperation and governance. Between June 2021 and March 2022, the International Water Resources Association ...
WorldWaterDay2022
The IHE Delft Institute for Water Education’s Student Association is asking people to join the #OneWeekWaterChallenge on Instagram this week up until 22 March 2022. The challenge is to post an Instagram story every day for a water-related challenge.
World Bank
India is home to 16% of the world’s population, but only holds 4% of the world’s freshwater resources. The extraction of groundwater in India has been on the rise for decades. Over the last 50 years, the number of borewells ...
GWYN
UNESCO is committed to engaging with youth and young scientists as knowledge holders, change-makers and leaders that contribute to addressing water security. The Groundwater and Settlement Section of the Water Sciences Division of UNESCO is proposing to create a Groundwater ...
WorldWaterDay2022
The chronic lack of water in the semi-arid regions of southern Madagascar has been exacerbated by frequent droughts which lead to food insecurity and malnutrition crises. UNICEF is leading the implementing of a pilot groundwater early warning system (GEWS) for ...
RWSN
Groundwater provides over half of the world’s population with domestic water supplies. Groundwater storage is extensive in many places, and acts as a natural buffer against climate variability. However, the quantities that can be abstracted are unevenly distributed, and yields ...
WorldWaterDay2022
The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and its Korean partners are holding a ‘Groundwater Talk Show’ on the “Evolving Roles of Groundwater in Addressing New Challenges”, which will be online between 10:00-12:00 on 21 March 2022 (GMT + 9 hours) ...
World Bank Group
In this article, Yogita Upadya Mumssen, from the Global Water Practice at the World Bank, outlines the water crisis facing Africa, where one in three people are facing water scarcity. Mumssen argues that bolder action is needed to scale up ...
WorldWaterDay2022
Groundwater management is a big problem for long term water health and sustainability. For World Water Day 2022, Human Right 2 Water (HR2W), a not-for-profit organization, hosted a short discussion between experts on groundwater and human rights to water and ...
International Water Management Institute
The Limpopo River Basin is the driest it has been for 35 years. It winds its way through four countries – Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Underneath the landscape are groundwater-holding aquifers. They are at risk of running low ...
Dr. Ramesh Singh/ICRISAT
In India, research has found that age-old, decentralized approaches to managing water and watersheds can fail, leaving farmers without sufficient water resources. However, this story from Bundelkhand in central India shows just how rapidly farmers can reap the benefits when ...