Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP)

A global partnership for sustainable groundwater management


The groundwater challenge

GRIPPGroundwater use is soaring. It is being used at unprecedented rates for irrigation, industry, and urban development. As surface water supplies dwindle, we are now making withdrawals from our subterranean water bank that cannot be sustained. This is damaging the environment and imperilling food supplies, jobs and health. Yet in some regions, groundwater remains plentiful. If managed sustainably, it has huge potential to boost agricultural production and lift millions out of poverty.

Climate change is likely to intensify our dependence on groundwater, so the need for solutions is becoming critical. Without coherent policies, attaining many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be challenging.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Nevertheless with new technologies, smart governance and community action, there is huge scope for progress.


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Join the GRIPP revolution

The GRIPP partnership, led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), will strengthen, expand and connect current groundwater initiatives. Building on IWMI’s three decades of research, it will embed sustainable groundwater practices at the heart of natural resource management and the SDGs.

New members are invited to join GRIPP to:

  • advance the agenda of sustainable groundwater management at a global scale, to achieve the SDGs;
  • be part of a network of partners with the critical mass to confront today’s groundwater issues for the benefit of future generations;
  • assist with recording and dissemination of proven technologies and approaches;
  • provide a platform for guiding groundwater research and management in the long term; and
  • capitalize on funding opportunities.

For more information on GRIPP contact: k.villholth(at)