Participatory water resource management

REACH-funded research led by Newcastle University and IWMI has focused on developing a novel approach to water security and poverty research through participatory monitoring at community scale. Citizen scientists were trained in Amhara and SNNP regions of Ethiopia to collect quantitative data on rural hydrological systems.

The research has demonstrated the reliability of the data gathered by local citizen scientists and explored its value and use in developing their understanding of hydrological processes affecting groundwater availability. This work has informed approaches to participatory monitoring in two major sustainable land management programmes run by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

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