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IGRAC Newsletter September 2016
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IGRAC and UNESCO-IHP launch GGRETA publications 

Publications on Groundwater Governance in Transboundary Aquifers

IGRAC and UNESCO-IHP launched a set of publications that were prepared within the framework of the “Groundwater Governance in Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA)” Phase 1 project (2013-2015), funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Groundwater Serious Game played during GroFutures workshop in Niamey, Niger

On August 22nd and 23rd, a stakeholder workshop to kick off the GroFutures comparative study in the Iullemmeden basin was held at Université Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger. During this workshop, IGRAC and the GroFutures Team facilitated a session of the Groundwater Serious Game that was attended by 28 participants.

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IGRAC presented the MAR Portal at ISMAR9 in Mexico

During ISMAR9, held in Mexico City, IGRAC presented the recently launched MAR portal. The MAR portal is the first structured database on MAR sites globally. The MAR inventory is the result of work by the INOWAS research group from TU Dresden, a consortium of researchers within the EU-funded project DEMEAU and IGRAC.

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IGRAC has become an accredited FREEWAT trainer

IGRAC Researcher Daniela Benedicto van Dalen participated in the ´Training the Trainer´ workshop, organised by the FREEWAT project team at the UNESCO head office in Paris. The FREEWAT project aims to develop an open source and public domain GIS integrated modelling environment for the simulation of water quantity and quality in surface water and groundwater with an integrated water management and planning module. 

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Forthcoming Events

IGRAC organises workshop on groundwater in Pacific SIDS

From 29 August till 2 September, a workshop on “Advancing Groundwater Monitoring in Pacific SIDS” was jointly organised by WMO, IGRAC, FMS, SPC and SPREP. This workshop in Suva, Fiji, was organised in the framework of the Global Groundwater Monitoring Network (GGMN) programme. 

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IGRAC launches Groundwater Resources in Africa viewer during 35th IGC in Cape Town

In cooperation with BGS and SADC, IGRAC has developed a special viewer within its Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS) dedicated to present and share information related to groundwater resources in Africa. During the International Geological Congress, from 27 August till 4 September in Cape Town, IGRAC Researcher Daniela Benedicto van Dalen presented the viewer during the pre-congress workshop “Understanding the role of groundwater in 21st Century”.

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Online Africa Groundwater Atlas has officially been launched

BGS has developed the Africa Groundwater Atlas in partnership with the IAH Burdon Groundwater Network for Developing Countries and with more than 50 collaborating groundwater experts across Africa. This online Atlas is an introduction to the groundwater resources of 51 African countries, and a gateway to further information.

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