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IGRAC's Newsletter January/February 2015
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IW:LEARN Webinar is online

Videos 'Moving with the Momentum' are available online

On the 15th of January, IGRAC and UNESCO-IHP organized the IW:LEARN Groundwater Webinar entitled: "Moving with the Momentum: Reviewing Lessons for Groundwater from 2014 and a Looking Ahead to 2015". During this webinar, experts from various organizations shared their views and experiences regarding three groundwater-related topics. The presentations and videos are now available online.

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GroFutures serious game successfully tested at IGRAC

IGRAC is developing a serious groundwater game, called 'The Tragedy of the Groundwater Commons Game'. This game that is part of the GroFutures project aims to improve participants' insight in the social dilemma of the tragedy of the commons through different groundwater management scenarios. To test the game, IGRAC recently organized a try-out workshop with UNESCO-IHE students.

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IGRAC report on Groundwater Economics

IGRAC Intern Barbara Agstner has written a report on Groundwater Economics, entitled: 'Significance and State of Affairs of Groundwater Economics in the Governance of Transboundary Aquifers'. With this report IGRAC aims at contributing to the growing body of scientific research, by enquiring into the role of groundwater economics in the governance of aquifers with a specific focus on transboundary aquifers. The full report is freely available online. 

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Erasmus+ programme on Groundwater has been introduced

UNESCO-IHE, TU Dresden and University of Lisbon have introduced the Erasmus+ Joint Master Programme in Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation (GroundwatCH). The two-year programme will start for the first time in September 2015. Between 10 and 15 full scholarships are available for attending the GroundwatCH programme. Students applying with other or own funding will benefit from a largely reduced tuition fee.

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Central America drought turning into humanitarian crisis, UN warns

A prolonged drought in Central America is turning into a humanitarian crisis for nearly two and a half million people affected by food insecurity in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today. 

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NASA: "42 Cubic km to replenish California drought losses"

According to a new analysis of NASA satellite data, it will take about 42 cubic kilometers of water, to recover from California's continuing drought. That's around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir. 

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UPDATE Magazine publishes interview with Neno Kukuric

In the December issue of its UPDATE Magazine, UNESCO-IHE published an interview with IGRAC Director Dr. Neno Kukurić. In 1993, he obtained his Master's Degree in Hydrological Engineering at this institute and was therefore invited for an alumni interview to look back at his time at UNESCO-IHE. "It was much more difficult to say goodbye to IHE than to embrace it," he recalls.

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Sustainable development goals (SDGs): all you need to know

This year, the millennium development goals that were launched in 2000 to make global progress on poverty, education, health, hunger and the environment will expire. UN member states are finalising the sustainable development goals that will replace them and IGRAC previously drafted a position paper regarding the inclusion of groundwater in those 'SDGs'. But what are the SDGs and what do they aim for? The Guardian published a news item that tells you all you need to know about these goals. 

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Who should win the 'Coolest Paper' of 2014 Award?

The Early Career Hydrogeologists' Network (ECHN) of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) would like to know your favorite hydrogeology paper of 2014. The paper can be from any peer-reviewed journal and by any author. The only criterion: it needs to be about hydrogeology and you need to be an early career hydrogeologist (hydrogeology student or in the early years of professional work) to vote. By nominating your favorite paper, you will be added into a prize draw to WIN a book of your choice from the IAH book series! 

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Stefan Siepman 

 In July 2014, Stefan joined IGRAC as Communication Specialist. His first task was to lead a project that aimed to create more awareness about the importance of groundwater. This resulted in the #HiddenResource campaign and animated video (www.thehiddenresource.com). Currently, Stefan is preparing IGRAC's presence at the 7th World Water Forum in the Republic of Korea. In addition, he is coordinating the development of a new IGRAC website, which should be launched in fall 2015.

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Meeting with Dutch Ambassador 

IGRAC Director Neno Kukuric meets Dutch Ambassador in Paris to discuss international groundwater cooperation.
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