Nature based infrastructure was at the forefront of this year's Stockholm World Water Week, and the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP) special session looked at how we can harness the “green” infrastructure beneath our feet for improved water security and resilience for vulnerable communities.
Launched this year at Stockholm World Water Week, GRIPP has curated over 20 solutions for Groundwater-Based Natural Infrastructure, or GBNI, contributed from experts around the world. Groundwater is natural capital, and if managed properly, can provide resilience and water security in the face of future changes. Check out some case studies and learn more about the solutions on the new GRIPP platform.
In 2015, UN Member States adopted the historic 2030 Agenda, setting universal and transformative goals and targets, and committing to working tirelessly for their full implementation. To ensure that no one is left behind, it will be vital to track progress towards the goals.
The International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-scale Agriculture and Water Management was held at FAO Headquarters in Rome in April 2018, looking at the opportunities to benefit from solar technology by small-holder farmers, while also discussing some of the challenges and potential pitfalls associated with financing, implementing and regulating this rapidly growing sector.
From project partners Future Pump. Solar irrigation has many benefits, both environmentally and socially, and while there is the potential to over extract groundwater, the private and public sectors should work together to make sustainable solar irrigation a reality.
Coffee is a major export of Vietnam, but the highlands where about 40% of the coffee is grown, is experiencing water shortages in the dry season. Research has found that yields can be increased while decreasing water consumption, and irrigation practices can be improved.
A high-level ministerial delegation from Ethiopia was in Telangana, India, to find solutions for rain water management and nutritional security. The visit was jointly hosted by ICRISAT and the Telangana Ministry of Irrigation.
Scientists and government officials are collaborating with communities to test out new approaches to reversing land degradation—methods that might have potential to change the status of the entire highlands region from vastly degraded to successfully restored.
Water experts estimate that only 4 to 7 percent of arable land is irrigated in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the lowest ratio across the world. A new special series on small-scale communal irrigation in South-Eastern Africa is calling for donors to develop a viable, sustainable and inclusive business model for small-scale public irrigation schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the first phase of the Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands, IWMI investigated technologies that could improve farmers’ access and use of the available water in their surroundings for better agricultural production and productivity.