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Conjunctive groundwater use: a ‘lost opportunity’ for water management in the developing world?

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The authors are grateful to World Bank GW-MATE (Groundwater Management Advisory Team) colleagues in developing the work on which this essay is based, and especially to Catherine Tovey (World Bank GW-MATE Manager) and Javier Zuleta (World Bank, LAC Department) for their personal encouragement. There is also full recognition of the very important contribution of numerous counterpart organisations in the countries mentioned. GW-MATE is a World Bank Program funded by Dutch, Danish and British trust funds, and supported by the Global Water Partnership through strategic alliance, but the opinions expressed are those of the authors alone and do not represent the official position of these agencies.

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Foster, S., van Steenbergen, F. Conjunctive groundwater use: a ‘lost opportunity’ for water management in the developing world?. Hydrogeol J 19, 959–962 (2011).

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  • Water resources
  • Conjunctive use
  • Groundwater management
  • Groundwater resources