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Managing the Invisible: Understanding and Improving Groundwater Governance

Managing the Invisible: Understanding and Improving Groundwater Governance
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). June 2012
  • The aim of this study is to analyze the impediments to better groundwater governance within a given political economy and to propose recommendations to address key governance issues. The report tries to answer the questions: Why has groundwater governance failed to stop the emergence of very serious threats to the resource? What are the impediments to improving groundwater governance? What are the options to overcome those impediments? Implicit in the report approach is recognition of the importance of groundwater resources in promoting developing country adaptation to predicted climate changes. Overarching objectives also include addressing the general invisibility problem related to groundwater, as well as strengthening the ability of World Bank teams to undertake political economy and governance analyses related to groundwater (and thereby enhance the effectiveness of Bank operations in the water sector).
  • Geographical coverage: Africa, Asia, India, Kenya, Morocco , South Africa, Tanzania (United Republic of), Yemen
  • Main themes: Aquifer recharge, Community participation, Conflicts, Groundwater, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Negotiation, Peacebuilding, Transboundary waters, Water governance, Water quality
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Policy makers, Practitioners, Stakeholders, Wetland managers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy, Communication
  • Type of resource: Case studies, Working paper
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Published in 2015