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IGRAC bimonthly newsletter May/June 2015
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IGRAC at IWRA World Water Congress XV in Edinburgh

Presentation on worldwide assessment of transboundary aquifers

Geert-Jan Nijsten, Senior Researcher at IGRAC, gave a presentation on the worldwide assessment of transboundary aquifers with focus on the African continent during the 15th World Water Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. His presentation was part of the session ‘Transboundary Water Resources: Aquifers', which was held on Wednesday 27 May 2015.

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IGRAC contribution to World Water Development Report 2015

IGRAC has contributed to the World Water Development Report 2015. It provided the Groundwater Development Stress (GDS) Map for the WWDR 2015, titled 'Water for a Sustainable World'. Moreover, IGRAC's map of arsenic traces in groundwater in Asia was included in the Case Studies and Indicators document titled 'Facing the Challenges'. Both documents are available online.

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TBA Map 2015 available online

After it has been officially launched at the World Water Forum in Korea, the 2015 edition of the Transboundary Aquifers of the World Map is now also available online. This special edition, which includes a series of three thematic maps which overlay the Transboundary Aquifers of the World, is available as PDF and JPEG. 

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"New NASA data show how the world is running out of water"

Twenty-one of the world's 37 largest aquifers have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period, researchers announced.

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RWSN launches video series

The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) has launched a video series on boreholes. The video embedded in this newsletter is about preventing water supply system failure.
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IGRAC participates in Expert Meeting WMO Manual

Nienke Ansems, Researcher at IGRAC, has participated in the Experts Meeting for the preparation of WMO Manual on Water Resources Assessment (WRA). This meeting was held from 18 to 20 May 2015 in the headquarters of WMO in Geneva. Aside from this expert meeting, IGRAC Director Neno Kukuric met WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud to discuss close cooperation between both organisations.

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Vote for the Coolest Paper Award!

Earlier this year, the Early Career Hydrogeologists' Network of the International Association of Hydrogeologists asked early career hydrogeologists to nominate their favourite papers. Out of all nominations they compiled a shortlist of 7 papers young hydrogeologists can vote for using an online poll.

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"Political will is key in solving global water problems"

"The battle against global water problems arising from climate change should not be waged using technological solutions alone. Sound management and long-term funding are at least just as important." This was the main message of Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Ms. Schultz van Haegen, during the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) held in Paris last week.    

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World Bank blog: "Why it’s time to elevate groundwater"

The lack of care given to groundwater is placing a huge tax on the poor who have no access to clean piped water supply and depend on groundwater for their health and livelihoods.

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