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AMBIO

, Volume 41, Issue 7, pp 773–776 | Cite as

Reducing Risks to Rural Water Security in Africa

  • Rob Hope
  • Tim Foster
  • Patrick Thomson
Synopsis

Introduction

With increasing hydro-climatic risks in Africa all water resources will be affected (Vorosmarty et al. 2010; IPCC 2012). But the response to climate variability of groundwater will be slower than that of surface water. Groundwater resources are more resilient due to aquifer storage which acts as a buffer during periods of little or no rainfall. Despite the significant availability of groundwater resources across the major geological formations in Africa, the quantitative and qualitative distribution remains partly understood (MacDonald et al. 2012). Adapting to environmental change will likely require increasing use of groundwater for both domestic and productive uses. Information costs in recording longitudinal data on aquifer recharge and use are prohibitively high and point estimates from a limited sample of verifiable drilling sites provides partial information on whether shifting patterns of groundwater availability are attributable to environmental or operational...

Keywords

Groundwater Resource Water User Millennium Development Goal Water Service Sustainable Development Goal 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

This paper is an output from the Smart Water Systems project (R5737) supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries. However, the views expressed and the information contained in it are not necessarily those of or endorsed by DFID, which can accept no responsibility for such views or information or for the reliance placed on them.

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© Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geography and the EnvironmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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