The benefits of a scientific approach to sustainable development of groundwater in Sub-Saharan Africa

Cobbing, Jude E.; Davies, Jeffrey. 2008 The benefits of a scientific approach to sustainable development of groundwater in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Adelana, Segun M.A.; MacDonald, Alan ORCID:, (eds.) Applied groundwater studies in Africa. London, UK, CRC Press, 85-101. (Selected papers on hydrogeology, 13).

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With less than ten years to go before the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) falls due, there is an increasing urgency behind the supply of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to African countries. Although groundwater will form a substantial part of the water used in water supply schemes, particularly in rural areas, the resource is poorly understood in many parts of the continent. Careful and appropriate data collection during project implementation, together with data interpretation and knowledge dissemination can prevent past mistakes being repeated, and reduce the ultimate cost of water supply schemes both from a human and a financial point of view. Hydrogeologists are familiar with this argument, but are not always consulted when water supply schemes are planned. As funding agencies prepare to increase water supply and sanitation implementation in sub-Saharan Africa, it is vital that a scientific approach to groundwater development is more widely adopted, and incorporated at the planning stage of new projects.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2008 > Groundwater resources
ISBN: 9780415452731
Additional Keywords: GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, International development, Groundwater resources, Groundwater protection, Africa, Sustainable development
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
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Date made live: 19 Feb 2009 16:10 +0 (UTC)

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