UNESCO's participation to Aqua2015
Aqua2015, the 42nd annual congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), is the flagship event of the groundwater community. This year, the main scientific and supporting partner is the International Hydrological programme of UNESCO (UNESCO-IHP), together with the Food and Agriculture Organization.
UNESCO will contribute to an intense programme over the week - including a wide range of topics from urban and contaminant hydrogeology to regional flows analysis, groundwater governance and policy, or groundwater in coastal areas.
Additionally UNESCO has supported the Prize of the IAH Early Career Hydrogeologists Network “Coolest paper of the year”, which will be awarded to Dr Antonio Hernández Espriú from UNAM University (Mexico).
The annual congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) is the flagship event of the groundwater community and the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) will participate again in this event to present and discuss the achievements of its program of work and strengthen collaboration with the many international experts participating.
Some highlights of UNESCO-IHP’s participation are:
Sunday 13 September
- GRAPHIC workshop “Groundwater and Climate Change”, organized by the UNESCO-IHP’s Programme “Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change”
Monday 14 September
- Keynote Lecture by Dr Alice Aureli, Chief Groundwater Systems and Settlements Section (GSS Section), UNESCO-IHP, “UN and UNESCO overview on groundwater policy and governance” during the first Plenary Session.
- Workshop “Shared Vision and Framework for Action for Groundwater Governance” of the project Groundwater Governance, coordinated by FAO, UNESCO-IHP, GEF, IAH and World Bank.
- Workshop of the UNESCO-WWAP to present the 2015 United Nations World Water Development Report.
Thursday 17 September
- Dr Aurélien Dumont (GSS Section, UNESCO-IHP), will co-chair the session “Sustainable yield in groundwater systems” and will present the oral communication “Groundwater mining, fossil groundwater, and non-sustainable use: a need for clarification”.
- Dr Tales Carvalho (GSS Section, UNESCO-IHP), will present the Poster “Towards innovative groundwater resources evaluation for water management decisions and policies: application of GRACE observations to transboundary aquifers”, prepared in the framework of the Governance of Groundwater Resources of Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA) and GRAPHIC Programmes.
- UNESCO International Center IGRAC will coordinate the session “Putting governance of transboundary aquifers into practice; where the hydrogeological and legal meet”, including the presentation “Information Management System for Transboundary Aquifers” by Nienke Ansems (IGRAC researcher).
Additionally UNESCO has supported the Prize of the IAH Early Career Hydrogeologists Network “Coolest paper of the year”, which will be awarded to Dr Antonio Hernández Espriú from UNAM University (Mexico) for his paper: “The DRASTIC-Sg model: an extension to the DRASTIC approach for mapping groundwater vulnerability in aquifers subject to differential land subsidence, with application to Mexico City.” (Hydrogeology Journal (2014) 22: 1469–1485 DOI 10.1007/s10040-014-1130-4)
The President of the Italian Republic and the Minister of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea have extended their high patronage to the event.