Pond created under the underground taming of floods for irrigation (UTFI) Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan / IWMI

Integrated solutions to groundwater challenges

2022 was international Year of Groundwater. The year ended with a UN Groundwater Conference and a plan to intergrate solutions to groundwater challenges.

An estimated four billion people live in areas that suffer from severe physical water scarcity for at least one month per year. And half the global population lacks clean and safe sanitation.

As half the world is dependent on groundwater for their supply of drinking water, it is essential to make groundwater visible. That's why adding groundwater issues to integrated water management is part of the solution.  

"So many factors can influence the access to water, especially for the most vulnerable. If they are not all taken into account in the design of the solution, its sustainability is at stake. That is why approaching water problems from an integrated approach is essential." says Elisabeth Lictevout, director of IGRAC.

Watch this UNESCO animation explaing how precious groundwater is.

Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan / IWMI

"...approaching water problems from an integrated approach is essential."
Elisabeth Lictevout, director of IGRAC
Read more about the new approach in the 7-year UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme

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