Commentary on UN Sustainable Development Goals

13/11/2015

On September 25, 2015, the global development agenda for the next 15 years was set at the United Nations General Assembly following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GroFutures Team members Simon Damkjaer and Richard Taylor comment on the limitations of current metrics used to assess progress toward SDG 6.4 – “to… substantially reducing the number of people living under conditions of water scarcity“. Read their commentary here: the Circle of Blue.


GroFutures launched at Inception Workshop in Addis Ababa

12/11/2015

Some 25 social and physical scientists from 12 participating organisations in 11 different countries met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to kick-off the GroFutures project. The GroFutures team began the workshop with a field trip to the Upper Awash Basin to assess changing patterns of groundwater management and use. Team members then worked together to review  integrated physical and social science research plans in the 3 focal ‘Basin Observatories’ comprising the Upper Awash (Ethiopia), Great Ruaha (Tanzania), and Iullemmeden (Niger/Nigeria).  Further details are reported here.


Impact of African groundwater mapping

11/11/2015

GroFutures team members Alan MacDonald (BGS) and Richard Taylor (UCL) published a quantitative map of African groundwater resources in Environmental Research Letters in 2012. Since then there’s been much progress including the commencement of the UPGro (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor) programme. Click here to read more.