TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: October 17, 2014
Unlocking the potential of groundwater for the poor
Over 200 million people (in northwest India, Pakistan and north China) suffer from the consequences of unsustainable management of groundwater. At least 250 million people (mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa) are unable to fully utilize the aquifers they live on top of.
In both cases, it is the poor who suffer the most. Sustainable use and care of groundwater sources can go a big way towards helping them move out of poverty, or at least cushioning them from the worst effects of water scarcity.
A public event at Overseas Development Institute, London, on November 28 will host discussions on what we know about the dependence of the poor on groundwater, and how to build upon that relationship in ways that benefits both aquifers and their users. The discussions will draw upon research coming out of the UPGro Project, jointly funded by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The event is open to public. It will be webcast live on the ODI website. More information here: http://www.odi.org/events/4037-groundwater-poverty-development
There will be more discussions on the topic in a series of webinars being organized by RWSN. The webinars free to attend and open to all. You just need to register on http://tinyurl.com/RWSN2014
For videos, past webinar recordings, and articles on the global groundwater scarcity, please visit http://www.thewaterchannel.tv/dossiers/the-underground-drought
With Regards,TheWaterChannel Team