Rainwatch and farmer radio in Ghana and Burkina Faso is able to connect groundwater users in rural areas with forecasts and other useful information to strengthen their resilience [C7]

https://youtu.be/Gq9etCaG6DU One of the key aspects of supporting groundwater management is being able to cope with changing rainfall patterns. Rainwatch is a simple, open source platform which is owned and managed by National Met Personal from 15 different countries across…

Groundwater Game as an effective tool for stakeholder engagement and collaborative planning [C6]

Building consensus was done with the Groundwater Game in Tanzania to guide groundwater monitoring and management. In Tanzania, the GroFutures research team also engages regularly with users in the Great Ruaha River Sub-Catchment of the Rufiji Basin through it Learning…

Engaging with the White Volta Basin [C5]

The Volta Basin spans 6 West African countries, covering an area of 400,000 km2, with most of the basin falling within Burkina Faso and Ghana. The transboundary White Volta Basin Authority was established in 2007 to improve water governance and…

Development of understanding and tools for Water Resource Management in West Africa [C4]

The BRAVE project co-developed tools with end-users in West Africa to improve water resource management (WRM) in the face of climate variability and environmental change.  WRM requires sound scientific understanding of water flows and storage; in BRAVE we are improving…

UPGro Science: No substantial decline in the volume of water stored in the major aquifer basins over the last 15 years, but there are major localised risk areas [S6]

At the scale of the African continent, UPGro research has shown that there has been no substantial decline in the volume of water stored in the major aquifer basins over the last 15 years. However, local contexts do differ, and in some African cities, groundwater levels have fallen.

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: Knowledge sharing approaches, such as RAINWATCH and Farmer Radio, can be used to increase resilience by communicating climate and groundwater forecasts with farmers [S12]

Farmer listening groups and radio outreach programmes have been used in Ghana and Burkina Faso to provide up-to-date information and guidance on groundwater use, water harvesting, and sustainable land management practices to farmers.