REACH water security & local monitoring
The project will investigate participatory monitoring at the community scale as an approach to enhanceing climate and hydrological monitoring in data scarce rural areas. The focus will be shallow ground water resources. The aim is to demonstrate twin benefits from facilitating a citizen science approach: improved understanding of the resource; and an entry-point for investigating non-state resource govenrance options which promote water security for the poor. Work in two pilot study sites in Ethiopia will examine under-researched trade-offs between needs for (i)household water supply, (ii)productive use to improve livelihoods and (iii)maintaining environmental flow requirements in streams supported by groudwater.