Asian Experts Share Sa’s Groundwater Expertise

The delegation was in South Australia as part of the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) Groundwater Governance in Asia program. It aims to build capacity in the Indo- Gangetic and Yellow River Basins through a research-based training program for professionals and senior managers actively involved in groundwater management. The professionals were here to see a sophisticated system of groundwater planning which considers the economic environmental and social sustainability aspects in future water allocation decisionmaking. Coming from countries where private land holdings might be limited to 10 acres, where access to groundwater – let alone a pump or the energy to power it – is no guaranteed thing, where the livelihood of up to 86 per cent of the population depends on agriculture, and where collectively more than one billion people rely on groundwater for irrigation, the Buckley farm might have seemed a world away.

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