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World ground water associations collaborate


May 25, 2017
By Ground Water Canada

Sri Lanka – Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice, known as GRIPP, announced it will collaborate with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources in Germany; British Geological Survey, in the U.K., Global Environmental Facility, World Bank and UNESCO-IHP.

Associate Partners the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) – both geological surveys that work extensively on earth sciences, geology, hydrogeology and ground water around the world – will serve as platforms for contributing expertise, and for accessing, interpreting and sharing reliable ground water-related data and information in order to responsibly manage natural resources and environmental change, GRIPP said in a news release.

“BGR is happy to join a global team of institutions dedicated to making our hidden assets more visible and providing a voice for better governance, management and protection of groundwater resources globally and at regional levels,” said Thomas Himmelsbach, the new head of the ground water and soil science department at BGR. “We hope to contribute from our vast experiences in many parts of the world our share of solutions and practices to this important global initiative.”

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The Daugherty Water for Food Institute – University of Nebraska (DWFI) recently became a Core Group Partner. One of the institute’s four subject focus areas is improving ground water management for agricultural production, with an emphasis on understanding the relationship between humans and nature. By engaging in scientific and policy research, education, and communication, the foundational pillars of DWFI will coincide well with GRIPP’s mission to secure ground water for future generations, the organization said in the release.

UNESCO-IHP has joined GRIPP with a view to develop collaborative work, which is already happening in relation to reporting and documenting work under the IAH Commission on Managed Aquifer Recharge.

The World Bank and the Global Environment Facility join the partners as key supporting entities and potential funders, GRIPP said.