UPGro Science: Groundwater can de-risk economic growth [S3]

https://youtu.be/7gFID4h7ytw Although localised groundwater depletion is evident, particularly beneath growing urban centres, there has been no substantial declines in groundwater storage at a basin scale in Africa over the last 15 years and in some areas, there are substantial unused…

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…

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…

AMCOW Pan African Groundwater Program (APAGroP): A new pan-African initiative promises to open peer-to-peer learning between national governments and increase groundwater data sharing and research collaboration [K4]

UPGro and its partners have played a key role in raising the profile of groundwater among high-level policy-makers in Africa. The UPGro Programme, along with other African and International groundwater partners, supported the AMCOW Pan-African Groundwater Programme (APAGroP) under its…

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 has supported 75 Early Career Researchers, of whom 42 were African and 26 were women [C13]

Early Career Researchers (<5 years experience post PhD or <10 years experience without PhD from Jan 2015) represented nearly half of the programme staff and were actively supported to present their work at conference, webinars and special workshops and training…

Citizen engagement: School Water Clubs helping girls and boys in Kenya understand water issues in their local area, across Kenya and the world

The Gro for GooD team set up three School Water Clubs in Kwale County, Kenya, to support water science education in secondary schools. This programme of school engagement was delivered with project partner Base Titanium Ltd. The research team, along…