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IGRAC bimonthly newsletter November/December.
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'Groundwater, the Hidden Resource' has been launched

IGRAC launches video to create awareness about groundwater

On Wednesday 26 November, IGRAC launched its new animated video 'Groundwater, the Hidden Resource'. IGRAC initiated the #HiddenResource campaign because although 50% of the world's population depends on groundwater every day, there is still a lack of awareness about the importance of this precious resource. Organisations such as UNESCO, United Nations, UNICEF and UNEP already shared this video with their followers on Twitter and Facebook, resulting in a social reach of over 7 million people. Curious about the video?  

Watch the video here

IGRAC publishes cooperation report

IGRAC has published the cooperation report 'Factors Enabling Transboundary Aquifer Cooperation: A Global Analysis'. This report, written by PhD Researcher Kirstin Conti, is a result of the research project initiated by IGRAC for the 2013 United Nations International Year Water Cooperation. IGRAC hopes that this initial attempt to capture the state of cooperation as of 2013 will be a starting point for future projects and research concerning this subject. 

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Article published in 'Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability'

IGRAC PhD Researcher Kirstin Conti published Article in 'Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability'. The article 'Protected by pluralism? Grappling with multiple legal frameworks in groundwater governance' written by Ms. Kirstin I. Conti and Prof. Joyeeta Gupta has been published in the scientific journal 'Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.' The article is in its special issue on sustainability science - legal pluralism and deals the consequences of legal pluralism for groundwater access, allocation and sustainability.

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BBC News: "Brazil drought: São Paulo sleepwalking into water crisis"

In Brazil's biggest city, a record dry season and ever-increasing demand for water has led to a punishing drought. It has actually been raining quite heavily over the last few days in and around São Paulo but it has barely made a drop of difference. Cantareira, the main reservoir system that feeds this immense city is still dangerously low, and it would take months of intense, heavy rainfall for water levels to return to anything like normal. 

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UNESCO-IHE launches new GIS Open Courseware

IGRAC's in-house partner UNESCO-IHE launched new Open Courseware (OCW) on Software for Preprocessing GIS Data for Hydrological Models. This course was shared during the 7th International Open Access Week, which a global event promoting open access as new norm in scholarship and research.

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Record drought reveals stunning changes along colorado river

Jonathan Waterman has written an item for National Geographic about the extreme drought affecting the Colorado River. "In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off what used to be the end of the San Juan River."

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Last Regional Workshop of TWAP Groundwater project held in Bangkok

UNESCO and IGRAC organised the fifth and last Regional Workshop of the TWAP Groundwater project. The workshop was held from 7-9 October in Bangkok, Thailand and is part of a larger programme also the world's transboundary fresh and salt water systems.

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Meet our new Researcher: Daniela Benedicto van Dalen

On November 1st, Ms. Daniela Benedicto van Dalen joined IGRAC as Researcher. Daniela was born in Brazil, but has already been living in the Netherlands for fourteen years. She adds many years of experience to the IGRAC team and will try to use her extensive network and experience to initiate and lead new projects.

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'Revista Água' publishes interview with IGRAC Director Neno Kukurić

The magazine Água e Meio Ambiente Subterrâneo published an interview of two pages with IGRAC Director Neno Kukurić. This bimonthly magazine is an initiative of the Brazilian Groundwater Association, Associação Brasileira de Águas Subterrâneas (ABAS). In total, 5000 printed copies of the magazine were distributed throughout Brazil to consultants, regulators, universities and members of the Brazilian Groundwater Association. An Electronic version of the magazine is available online. The English translation of the interview is available on the IGRAC website.

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Matt Damon: "Facing up to a water crisis"

"Having been in the field, most recently in India, I have seen that access to safe water is just a few dollars away for many people. A small loan can create a pathway to a household water tap. Making access to capital ubiquitous and affordable for those living in poverty would go a long way towards eliminating water stress. Due to a combination of problems, including rapid population growth, constrained water supplies and high levels of poverty, countries such as India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nigeria will be hit the hardest by this trend."  

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UPGro-RWSN Webinar on groundwater recharge

UPGro and the Rural Water Supply Network have organized a webinar that provides an introduction to the big picture of groundwater recharge in Africa, followed by practical experiences of using rural roads for groundwater recharge and to tap water for agriculture in Ethiopia. 

The video is available online

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