Against a backdrop of worsening water stress across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and partner organizations in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan have embarked on a 4-year project aimed at expanding the safe reuse of treated water.
Groundwater is notoriously difficult to manage. One cannot easily see how much is available, who is using it, how much they are using, whether it is polluted, and so on. What, then, can rural communities do to prevent groundwater misuse, with its dire consequences for rural livelihoods?
A new IWMI study conducted in Ethiopia with support from REACH, proposes a citizen science approach to community-based monitoring of groundwater that could both improve governance, while also empowering women.