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About the Project

Groundwater Governance - A Global Framework for Action (2011-2016) was a joint project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), jointly with UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the International Association of Hydrologists (IAH) and the World Bank. 

The project was designed to raise awareness of the importance of groundwater resources for many regions of the world, and identify and promote best practices in groundwater governance as a way to achieve the sustainable management of groundwater resources.

The first phase of the project consisted of a review of the global situation of groundwater governance and aimed to develop a Global Groundwater Diagnostic integrating regional and country experiences with prospects for the future. This first phase built on a series of case studies, thematic papers and five regional consultations.

The second phase of the project has developed the main project outcome, a Global Framework for Action consisting of a set of policy and institutional guidelines, recommendations and best practices designed to improve groundwater management at country/local level, and groundwater governance at local, national and transboundary levels.

Duration and budget

  • January 2011-December 2015
    (48 months)
  • Budget = USD 4.5 million
    of which GEF allocation of USD 1.75 million

Project documents

Flyer: Groundwater Governance Project

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