Developing groundwater from scratch: Lessons from Laos

 

Also published in Mekong Eye

With hotter, less predictable weather on the rise, more countries are looking underground for water.

Groundwater has an increasingly greater role to play in supporting rural livelihoods and food security in the Mekong region. Climate change impacts, such as unreliable rainfall leading to droughts, and calls for increasing food production, necessitate exploring this often under-used water resource.

But, in many places, the knowledge about and capacity to develop and manage groundwater sustainably is limited. This is the case in Laos, where we have been working with farmers and policy makers to find the best ways for the country and its people to benefit from groundwater…