Improving water security for the poor

REACH-Wiser: Water Insecurity, Equity and Water Resilience

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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‘Our partnership with REACH recognises science has a critical role in designing and delivering effective policy and improving practice on the ground.’

KELLY ANN NAYLOR, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (WASH) SECTION, PROGRAMME DIVISION, UNICEF

'Access to water is a defining challenge for the 21st century. The UK has already helped 43 million people to access clean water, but there is far more to be done.'

UK DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE

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