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Assessment of groundwater challenges & opportunities in support of sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

The report confirms that groundwater, if managed sustainably, can be an important development resource across the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. The report presents data related to groundwater resource characteristics and highlights the opportunities and challenges presented in promoting sustainable and resilient groundwater development in the region. Groundwater has significant potential to support human and economic development in SSA, as it has done in other global regions. The report recommends investment in expanding groundwater development as an integral component of national water resources strategy for countries in SSA. Investment in groundwater can be financially viable and a wise policy option to support socioeconomic development if safeguards specific to groundwater are incorporated into investmentprograms. The expansion should be designed within a sustainable framework responsive to thespecial social and cultural and economic features of groundwater resources, compounded bytheir special hydrological, environmental and engineering dimensions to guide sustainabledevelopment of this important component of water resources.

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  • Author

    Wijnen,Marcus Marinus Petrus, Barghouti,Shawki, Cobbing,Jude Edmund, Hiller,Bradley Todd, Torquebiau,Raphael

  • Document Date

    2018/08/01

  • Document Type

    Report

  • Report Number

    129390

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    World,

  • Region

    The World Region, Other,

  • Disclosure Date

    2018/08/10

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Assessment of groundwater challenges & opportunities in support of sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Keywords

    groundwater; groundwater resource; effect of climate change; management of groundwater resource; Advisory services; Groundwater Development; water sector; national water resource strategies; millennium development goal; cgiar consultative group; large volumes of water; Adaptation to Climate Change; integrated urban water management; surface water; renewable groundwater resource; resilience to drought; surface water resource; demand for water; water scarcity

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Wijnen,Marcus Marinus Petrus Barghouti,Shawki Cobbing,Jude Edmund Hiller,Bradley Todd Torquebiau,Raphael

Assessment of groundwater challenges & opportunities in support of sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/420291533931251279/Assessment-of-groundwater-challenges-opportunities-in-support-of-sustainable-development-in-Sub-Saharan-Africa