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IGRAC Bimonthly Newsletter September/October 2015
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IGRAC launched new website

New website with improved functionality, design and navigation

IGRAC has launched its new website with improved functionality, design and navigation. Apart from these technical improvements, this new website also contains updated content and some new sections such as our eight Focal Areas and 'What is Groundwater?'

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IGRAC contributes to 42nd IAH Congress in Rome

IGRAC’s Director Neno Kukuric and Researcher Nienke Ansems both gave presentations during this annual event organised by the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH). There was also a shared booth, manned by IGRAC and UNESCO-IHP.

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GGRETA workshop organised by IGRAC in Almaty

On 22 June, UNESCO and IGRAC organised the workshop ‘Added Value of Groundwater Management Systems' in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The purpose of this workshop was to introduce the information management system (IMS) that has been developed within the framework of the GGRETA project. 

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Interview with IGRAC's new Researcher Andreas Antoniou

Mid June, Dr. Andreas Antoniou joined IGRAC as Researcher. Andreas is originally from Greece, but has already lived in the Netherlands for several years carrying out his doctorate research on hydro- geochemistry. Now it is time to get to know IGRAC's new team member.

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IGRAC links UCR Shale Atlas with TBA Map

IGRAC has made a map which overlays its Transboundary Aquifers of the world map 2015 with a shale layer. The aim of this map is to provide a global overview of the spatial relationships between transboundary aquifers and some of the major shale plays and shale basins in the world. This map has also been included in the GGIS. 

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IGRAC hosted a World Bank partnership roundtable on groundwater

Together with NWP, IGRAC organised a ‘Roundtable on Netherlands Groundwater Expertise in Integrated Delta Management'. Mr. Junaid Ahmad, Sr. Director Water at The World Bank, met representatives of the Dutch groundwater sector.

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MAR Project in Kenya successfully carried out by IGRAC

Recently IGRAC, together with Acacia Water, carried out a project on Manage Aquifer Recharge (MAR) in the transboundary Merti Aquifer, shared between Kenya and Somalia. The project was commissioned by IGAD Inland Water Resources Management Programme (IGAD-INWRMP).

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Draft Guidelines for Multidisciplinary TBA Assessment available online

The first draft version of the 'Guide-lines for Multidisciplinary Assessment of Transboundary Aquifers' is now available online. Comments and suggestions are very welcome via info@un-igrac.org. These comments will be used as input when writing the final version of the guidelines.  

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Training Manual with IGRAC contribution available online

A training manual on 'Integration of Groundwater Management into Trans-boundary Basin Organizations in Africa' is now available online. This manual, consisting of 11 modules, has been complied in response to the needs expressed and is designed to help develop capacity within basin organisations to manage trans-boundary groundwater issues.   

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