Resource Pack

Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible - K4D Briefing Pack

1st March 2022
Author: Alan MacDonald, Alan Nicol, Andrew Roby, Chiara Trabacchi, Chris Chijiutomi, Clare Gorman, Deepa Joshi, GCRF Water Security Hub, John Matthews, Kathleen Dominique, Kim Ozano, Kirsty Upton, Nick Hepworth, Upandha Udalagama, Zinhle Tshabalala

This briefing pack provides some of the latest evidence and information about groundwater, along with key messaging and resources. In this pack we discuss the UK’s Water action at COP26; programme activities around water and climate, water governance, finance, and gender and the UK’s well developed water ‘offer’, that together, can help reach the goal of global water security. Groundwater is water found underground in aquifers which, although hidden from view, are vital to agriculture, economic growth, nature and health. Groundwater is an especially important source of water as rainfall varies due to Climate Change. The sections in this briefing pack are: UK position on water; UK water offer; Latest innovation and developments around groundwater; Supported networks for knowledge, connection and opportunities; Water as a strategic climate asset; Water governance; Water finance; Water Finance and Water Risk Filter; Gender and water; GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub – case studies; Upcoming events and networks; Key reading; Key videos.

Suggested Citation

Ozano, K.; Roby, A.; MacDonald, A.; Upton, K.; Hepworth, N.; Gorman, C.; Matthews, J.H.; Dominique, K.; Trabacchi, C.; Chijiutomi, C.; Tshabalala, Z.; Joshi, D.; Udalagama, U.; Nicol, A. and the GCRF Water Security Hub (2022) Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible. FCDO Briefing Pack on Water Governance, Finance and Climate Change, K4D Briefing Note, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/K4D.2022.027


1st March 2022


Continent: Global