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Brief: Water Security and Development: Assessing Groundwater Management Strategies

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Steven Gorelick
July 8, 2015

Global changes, such as increasing population, urbanization, irrigated agriculture, and transboundarynconflicts, are severely stressing freshwater supply systems. With many major rivers fully exploited, the netglobal groundwater depletion rate has doubled since 1990. Stakeholders from the development community need modern scientific approaches to identify the most effective and viable strategies upon which to base water management decisions.

Global changes, such as increasing population, urbanization, irrigated agriculture, and transboundarynconflicts, are severely stressing freshwater supply systems. With many major rivers fully exploited, the net
global groundwater depletion rate has doubled since 1990. Stakeholders from the development community need modern scientific approaches to identify the most effective and viable strategies upon which to base water management decisions.