Groundwater Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa (GroFutures) will develop the scientific evidence and inclusive groundwater management processes by which groundwater resources can be used sustainably for poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
It will improve understanding of the volume and renewability of groundwater in SSA, and develop robust models and tools to forecast available groundwater resources under changing climate, land-use and demand scenarios, including expansion of arable land under irrigation.
GroFutures will examine current groundwater governance processes and identify pathways toward more sustainable and equitable use of groundwater resources that are reconciled to projections of changing demand and resource availability. It will assemble an international consortium of scientists with an unmatched track record of groundwater research and stakeholder engagement in SSA that both leverages substantial additional investment and engages with research and development communities across Anglophone and Francophone Africa.
GroFutures will also establish a Network of African Groundwater Observatories that representing the primary groundwater environments and development governance challenges in SSA that features a new dataset of 25 records of groundwater-level observations that are 2 to 6 decades duration from across SSA enabling the most rigorous analysis of the relationships among climate, land-use and groundwater recharge that has ever been conducted in the tropics.
Dedicated basin observatories will be constructed that will enable very detailed monitoring of the physical process by which groundwater is replenished and application of a new method for quantifying the volume of groundwater in African aquifers thereby overcoming fundamental limitations in present knowledge of groundwater in SSA.
GroFutures will also employ an innovative and participatory approach to the management of groundwater which will enable for explicit consideration of the views of poor people in making decisions over the allocation and development of groundwater resources.
- University College London (UCL), UK – Grant NE/M008932/1
- Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey (AMUN), Niger
- Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia – Grant NE/M008584/1
- British Geological Survey (BGS), UK – Grant NE/M008622/1
- Institut Recherche pour le Developpment (IRD), France – Grant NE/M008576/1
- Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK – Grant NE/M008347/1
- International Water Management Institute (IWMI), South Africa & Global
- Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania – Grant NE/M008592/1
- University of Ngaoundere (UNG), Cameroon
- University of Maiduguri (UMA), Nigeria
- University of Sussex (USX), UK
- UCL: Prof. Richard Taylor (PI), Dr Mohammad Shamsudduha
- AAU: Dr Tenalem Tegaye, Ass. Prof. Yohannes Aberra Ayele
- AMUN: Yahaya Nazoumou, Ouassa Tiekoura
- BGS: Prof. Alan MacDonald
- IRD: Dr Guillaume Favreau, Dr Jean-Michel Vouillamoz
- UNG: Dr Benjamin Ngounou Ngatcha
- IDS: Dr John Thompson, Charlie Dobson
- IWMI: Dr Karen Grothe Villholth, Dr Gebrehaweria Gebregziabher
- SUA: Dr Japhet Kashaigili, Devotha Mosha, Prof. Andrew Tarimo
- USX: Prof. Martin Todd
Groundwater in Africa: Voices from the field (video interviews)
- Professor Tenalem Ayenew, Addis Abba University, Ethiopia
- Professor Ibrahim Goni, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
- Professor Japhet Kashaigili, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
- Dr. Yahaya Nazoumou, Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, Niger
- Professor Andrew Tarimo, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
Selected Publications, Abstracts & Presentations:
- Jasechko, S & Taylor, R.G ‘Intensive rainfall recharges tropical groundwaters’ Environmental Research Letters 11 December 2015
- Damkjaer, S. & Taylor, R. The measurement of water scarcity: Defining a meaningful indicator, Ambio (2017). doi:10
- “A pan-African inter-comparison of the relationship between precipitation and groundwater recharge from in-situ observations and large-scale models” by Shamsudduha Mohammad (2016)
- “Groundwater recharge and trends in seasonally humid tropics- comparative analysis of sedimentary and basement aquifers in Benin” by Kotchoni Daado Olabissi Valerie, 2016 (linked to GroFutures)
- “Unlocking the Potential of Interdisciplinary Research on Groundwater” by John Thompson (2016)
- “Episodic groundwater recharge in a semi-arid environment- assessing the impact of the 2015 16 El Niño in Central Tanzania” by David Seddon (2016)
- “Groundwater Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa- an integrated approach to assessing sustainable groundwater use for poverty alleviation” by Richard Taylor (2016)
- Zeitoun, M., Lankford, B., Krueger, T., Forsyth, T., Carter, R., Hoekstra, A.Y., Taylor, R.G., Varish, O., Cleaver, F., Boelens, R., Swatuk, L., Tickner, D., Scott, C.A., Mirumachi, N., and Matthews, N., (2016). Reductionist and integrative research approaches to complex water security policy challenges. Global Environmental Change, Vol. 39, 143-154.