Groundwater information for Africa: The Chronicles Consortium – finding and making long term groundwater records available [K5]

The Chronicles Consortium – part-funded by UPGro – has collated long-term groundwater records from across Africa. This is allowing an assessment of the impacts of groundwater use, climate variability, and climate and land use change on groundwater storage. This data…

Groundwater information for Africa: the Africa Groundwater Atlas – the main online information portal for groundwater for all African countries [K3]

Groundwater has a critical role to play in securing safe water supplies, economic growth and food security in Africa. Groundwater is widespread on the continent, generally of high natural quality, and more resilient to climate variability than surface water. It…

UPGro website archive – legacy supported by Skat Foundation through RWSN [K2]

During the programme, the UPGro website has been the central information portal for the programme.  The final activity of the programme will be to re-organise the website to make the key outputs and synthesis available, illustrated by a short film.…

Global focus on groundwater: Groundwater is increased visibility on the global water agenda and will be the focus of the 2022 UN-Water World Water Development Report [K1]

“Globally, invisible groundwater resources are under increasing pressure due to human activities and climate change. Our response to this pressure is often not adequate, also due to limited awareness of the importance of groundwater resources.” – UN-Water Dr Neno Kukric,…

UPGro evidence and approaches into a UNICEF guideline and an online course on drilling professionalisation, with WaterAid, UNICEF and UNHCR [C2]

UNICEF and UNHCR are major actors in global WASH, from high level policy to in-country implementation. Both have acknowledged challenges with drilling good quality boreholes that can supply communities and refugee camps safely and sustainably. Good practice guidelines, developed by…

UPGro co-generation: UPGro has been a catalyst for greater academic rigour and exchange between researchers and practitioners through its thematic and financial inputs to the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) [C1]

The UPGro Knowledge Broker, Skat Foundation, also hosts the Secretariat and leads the Sustainable Groundwater Development theme for the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), the only global network for rural water supply professionals in low and middle income countries. This…

UPGro Science: understanding of African/Tropical recharge processes has been improved. Climate change may enhance groundwater recharge in arid and semi-arid areas, presenting opportunities for long-term management as part of national climate adaptation strategies [S4]

UPGro researchers found that in wetter areas recharge happens every year, but in dryland areas substantial recharge less regularly, often just once or twice a decade.

UPGro Science: The programme has made a substantial contribution to evidence and data on African groundwater, its use and potential [S1]

As of mid July 2020, UPGro researchers have published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers directly, and used elements of UPGro work or partnerships to publish a further 60. 1 paper published in Nature and 2 in Nature Communications. Substantial interdisciplinary…