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IGRAC Newsletter November 2016
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WMO and IGRAC publish report:

Groundwater Monitoring in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific

IGRAC and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have published a report on “Groundwater Monitoring in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific”, which is available in the downloads section of IGRAC's website. The report is a summary on groundwater monitoring practices in Pacific SIDS and is an outcome of a recently held workshop “Advancing Groundwater Monitoring in Pacific SIDS”.

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IGRAC brief on groundwater in Sustainable Development Goals available online

IGRAC's brief on 'Groundwater in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals: Fundamental Policy Considerations' has been published on the official United Nations Sustainable Development website and was used as input for the Global Sustainable Development Report 2016. This report partially followed a participatory approach, which yielded 62 submitted policy briefs that were used as input to write the final report.

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IGRAC Researchers win VACI Best Paper Award 2016

IGRAC's Senior Researcher Geert-Jan Nijsten has won the VACI Best Paper Award 2016 for the paper "A multi-disciplinary approach and tools for comparative and in-depth assessments of transboundary aquifers" he has written together with Nienke Ansems, Neno Kukuric and Alice Aureli (UNESCO-IHP). The paper was awarded during the 5th Vietnam wAter Cooperation Initiative (VACI) symposium, which was held on 3-5 October 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam. 

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IGRAC at SADC GMI launch and SADC Groundwater Management workshop

On the 20th of September 2016, the newly established SADC Groundwater Management Institute (SADC GMI) was officially launched during a SADC Groundwater Management Workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. SADC GMI is a regional centre for groundwater, which is based in Bloemfontijn, South Africa, and works under the strategic guidance of the SADC Secretariat. IGRAC’s Senior Researcher Geert-Jan Nijsten was invited to attend the launch and to present IGRAC’s current and recent activities in Southern Africa during the workshop. 

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IGRAC presentation at G-WADI conference in Beijing

IGRAC Researcher Daniela Benedicto van Dalen gave a presentation on ‘Initiatives towards sustainable groundwater management’, during the G-WADI Global Conference that was held from 25 till 27 October 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference was organised to highlight G-WADI’s achievements over the past ten years and discuss future challenges.

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IGRAC contribution to transboun-dary aquifers seminar at UNHQ

On October 17th, a seminar on ‘Groundwater Resources and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers’ was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York. IGRAC Director Neno Kukuric was invited to present IGRAC’s transboundary groundwater activities during this seminar that was organised by UNESCO-IHP, the EU delegation to the UN and the Slovak Mission to highlight the importance of groundwater resources and transboundary aquifers in the framework of SDG 6 on water.

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Groundwater monitoring workshop held in Hanoi, Vietnam

From 3 to 5 October 2016, the international training on “Monitoring for Regional and Transboundary Groundwater Management” was held in Hanoi, Vietnam. This workshop was organised by IGRAC in cooperation with the National Center for Water Resources Planning and Investigation (NAWAPI) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) Vietnam under the framework of the Global Groundwater Monitoring Network (GGMN) programme. The workshop was part of the Vietnam Water Cooperation Initiative (VACI) 2016 symposium.

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IGRAC presentations on monitoring, SIDS and Climate Change during IAH Congress

From 25 till 29 September, the 43rd IAH International Congress was held in Montpellier, France. IGRAC Researcher Andreas Antoniou was present at this annual event organised by the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and gave presentations on the role of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of monitoring information technology for international cooperation and studies.  

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IGRAC presents FREEWAT at 35th IGC in Cape Town

During the 35th International Geological Congress, IGRAC Researcher Daniela Benedicto van Dalen presented the FREEWAT (FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management) in a poster session. FREEWAT is a HORIZON 2020 project financed by the EU Commission under the call 'Water innovation: Boosting its value for Europe. The work presented during this congress is entitled as: FREEWAT a water management tool enhancing the participatory approach in the Stampriet aquifer system region.   

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