IGRAC in het kort

facilitates and promotes world-wide exchange of groundwater knowledge…
…to improve assessment, development and management of groundwater resources

The idea of an International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) – an initiative of UNESCO and WMO – was launched at the “Fifth International Conference on Hydrology” in February 1999. Since then, it took some time to ensure world-wide support for such a centre and to define where to host it, what it should do, how to organise it and – in particular – how to finance it. By early 2003, the last obstacles to establishing IGRAC were overcome. Since then, IGRAC has started its activities, aiming at benefiting the entire international groundwater community with services on a free-of-charge basis. The Centre is hosted at the Netherlands Institute of Applied Geoscience TNO at Utrecht, The Netherlands. For the initial years it is financially supported by the Dutch interministerial bureau ‘Partners for Water’. IGRAC operates under the auspices of WMO and UNESCO (as UNESCO Institute – Category II).