Groundwater in Africa is a vital resource, and one that can be damaged, so that is why we are delighted that UPGro is featured in the July 2014 issue of Mining, People and Environment Magazine. Many thanks to Ruth Green, from the editorial team!
reposted with permission from http://www.thewaterchannel.tv/thewaterblog
Posted by Sara Datturi
June 30, 2014
Fluorine (F2 of F) is the element # 9 in the Periodic Table. Due to its high reactivity, it is not found freely in nature, but it often combines with other elements. For instance, F represents 0.064% of the earth crust’s mass. In nature, F is common found as fluoride anion in several minerals particularly in fluorite.
This archive of groundwater literature for Africa is being developed as part of the Africa Groundwater Atlas project, through the Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro) research programme.
The Africa Groundwater Atlas project will make available
- an archive of groundwater literature related to Africa, searchable by country and keywords
- a web-based atlas summarising the hydrogeology of each African country in maps and text
- a printed atlas of the hydrogeology of Africa
re-blogged from: thewaterblog
Posted by Rossella Alba
May 22, 2014
In Megab, a rather small village in the semi-arid Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, one bridge provides multiple functions to the local community. The bridge is located along the road that connects Hawzien to Abreha-we-Atzeha and Wukro. At first sight, it appears to be just a bridge. But when you look carefully, you can see it combines multiple functions: access, connection and water harvesting
A new paper by Diego Garcia-Landarte Puertas, Kifle Woldearegay, Lyla Mehta, Martin Van Beusekom, Marta Agujetas Peréz and Frank Van Steenbergen from the Catalyst Project: Optimising Road Development for Groundwater Recharge and Retention
“Roads are generally perceived as infrastructure to deliver transport services, but they are more than that. They are major interventions in the hydrology of areas where they are constructed – concentrating runoff and altering subsurface flows. At present, water-related damage constitutes a major cost factor in road maintenance. Using ongoing research from Ethiopia, this article argues to reverse this and turn water from a foe into a friend and integrate water harvesting with road development.
We are delighted to announce that the 15 UPGro catalyst project summaries have been translated into French. UPGro is focusing on groundwater research across Sub-Saharan Africa, thus we understand the importance of sharing knowledge and expertise with Francophone African colleagues.
To download the summaries as PDF documents, visit the Catalyst Project page
What can hydrogeologists contribute to safe water supply and poverty reduction?
Date: 5th June 2014
Time: 9:30am – 6:30pm (including drinks reception)
Venue: Burlington House, London
Organisers/Sponsors: HWB-UK, IAH, Hydrogeological Group
Groundwater plays a key role in the provision of reliable water supplies in many less-developed regions of the world. Due to its complexity, a detailed understanding of the groundwater environment is often required to ensure that resources are exploited in a safe, sustainable and cost-effective way.