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IGRAC bimonthly Newsletter: Nov/Dec 2015 Edition
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GroFutures project launched

Inception Workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Some 25 social and physical scientists from 12 participating organisations in 11 different countries met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to kick-off the new, four-year project on ‘Groundwater Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa’ (GroFutures). One of IGRAC’s key roles in GroFutures is to develop a ‘Groundwater Game’ and apply this in Play & Dialogue sessions with basin stakeholders.

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Training organised for Uzbek Groundwater professionals

IGRAC and UNESCO-IHP have organised a one-week training course on ‘Advanced Groundwater Monitoring and Analysis’ for groundwater professionals from Uzbekistan. This course took place at the UNESCO-IHE office based in Delft, the Netherlands, from 19 to 23 October 2015. In addition, field trips were organised to Waternet AWD and Royal Eijkelkamp.

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Side event on groundwater at MOP7 Water Convention

A side event 'Focus on Groundwater in the 2030 Agenda' organised by UNESCO-IHE was held at the closing day of the Water Convention held in Budapest on 17-19 November 2015. IGRAC contributed to the organisation and the execution of the event. Neno Kukurić presented the long-term DIKTAS project, its achievements and tasks ahead. 

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Andreas Antoniou presents GGIS during Central Asia Workshop

IGRAC Researcher Andreas Antoniou participated as presenter in the international training workshop ‘Integrated Water Resource Analytical Techniques and Remote Sensing Applications in Support of Water Resource Assessments in Central Asian Countries’. This workshop which was held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 14 to 18 September, was organised by UNESCO, JSC, ISTC and USGS. Delegations from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan all participated in this workshop.

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Training manual used during regional course in Burkina Faso

In a joint effort with BGR, Cap-Net and the ex-GW·MATE team (World Bank), IGRAC developed a course on 'Integration of Groundwater Management into Transboundary Basin Organizations in Africa'. This training manual formed the basis of the 'Regional Course on Groundwater Management within IWRM in River Basin Context' held from 24 - 28 August 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. 

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UNESCO-IHP Regional 'Water Quality' Consultation Meeting

IGRAC Researcher Andreas Antoniou will present on 'Enhancing subsurface purification during Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR)' at the UNESCO-IHP Regional Consultation Meeting 'Water Quality in Europe: Challenges and Best Practices', which will take place in Koblenz (Germany) from 1 to 4 December 2015 and will be hosted by the German Federal Institute for Hydrology - International Centre on Water Resources and Global Change, under the auspices of UNESCO. 

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Raising awareness for groundwater during UNESCO Executive Board

On 13 October, IGRAC was presented to delegates of UNESCO member states, during the 197th UNESCO Executive Board. The aim of this session "Groundwater: Our Hidden Treasure" was to raise awareness for the importance of groundwater to discuss how IGRAC could further assist Member States in preserving this hidden treasure.

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IGRAC, INOWAS, DEMEAU and IAH launch global MAR portal

IGRAC has developed a portal on MAR sites in collaboration with INOWAS, DEMEAU and the IAH MAR commission. This MAR portal enables users to search and freely access valuable information on MAR sites globally. Currently, the inventory contains only the site name, coordinates, MAR type and the reference. Over the next several months, the web-based platform will include further layers such as the year when the MAR scheme went into operation, the annual volume of recharge, the source of infiltration water, the aquifer type, the final use of recovered water, as well as the main objectives of the project.  

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IGRAC hosts workshop: 'Water Harvesting and MAR in Palestine'

IGRAC and TU Delft organised a workshop on 'Water Harvesting and Managed Aquifer Recharge: international state of the art and needed research in Palestine' on 26-27 October 2015 in Delft. The workshop was organised with support of Acacia Water, UNESCO-IHE and Waternet and IGRAC's main role was to share its experience and expertise regarding MAR. 

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IGRAC will present at Legal Plurism Conference in Mumbai

Kirstin I. Conti, PhD Research Fellow at IGRAC, will present on 'Methods for Global Assessment of Legal Plural Regimes: Applications to Groundwater Governance' during the biennial international conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, which will take place from 14 to 16 December 2015 in Mumbai, India.   

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Meet the team: Geert-Jan Nijsten

Geert-Jan Nijsten has been working with IGRAC since 2012. As senior researcher, Geert-Jan is involved in many of IGRAC’s activities either as the external focal point or assisting and advising behind the scenes. Currently he is involved in three major transboundary groundwater projects: The groundwater component of TWAP, the Stampriet aquifer (Namibia, Botswana, South Africa) case study which is part of the GGRETA project and the recently started RAMOTSWA project (Botswana and South Africa).   

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