Global Challenges Academy

Community-led Water Management

Community-led Water Management

  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Partnered with: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Tanzania
  • Region: Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Nepal

Water catchments and river basins undergo water stress due to changes in land use, over-exploitation of water resources, and drought. Data on these areas is often scarce, as it requires new monitoring initiatives to identify underlying causes of water stress and develop solutions.

How we are meeting this challenge

  • Working with river basin authorities in Ethiopia and the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) in Tanzania, we've tackled key water management issues through the transparent use of data.
  • Our work will integrate independent sources of information from community-led monitoring (hydrological ‘citizen science’), and recent developments in remote sensing.
  • We work with stakeholders to implement quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure for monitoring water catchments.
The Rufiji River, Tanzania.

Who will benefit

Communities, businesses, governments and ecosystems in the study areas of the project.

Project team

  • Dr Geoff Parkin, Newcastle University
  • Mr John Gowing, Newcastle University
  • Mr Philip James, Newcastle University
  • World Wide Fund for Nature, Tanzania (WWF), Tanzania
  • Dr Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College London, UK 
  • Abay River Basin Authority, Ethiopia
  • Rufiji River basin Authority, Tanzania

Let's work together

If you're interested in working with us on a future research project, or would like to collaborate, email us today: global.challenges@ncl.ac.uk