General Information - ISARM

Puri. S and Aureli, A (eds.), 2009. Atlas of Transboundary Aquifers – Global Maps, Regional Cooperation and Local Inventories. UNESCO-IHP ISARM Programme. UNESCO, Paris. [CD only]
 
This framework document presents a UNESCO-IHP initiative that responds to the challenges of shared water resources. The purpose of this document is to summarise the current understanding of transboundary aquifers, demonstrate their significance in water resource management and to highlight the fact that, as yet, there is very little international experience in the approaches needed for their shared management.
 
Since the management of transboundary aquifers is a multidisciplinary and multi-dimensional issue, the document has been prepared for widespread circulation. It addresses a broad readership, particularly scientists, legal specialists, socio-economists, environmentalists and policy makers. This document illustrates certain key issues that have arisen from case studies on Transboundary Aquifer Systems that exist in areas with diverse climatic and socio-economic conditions.
 
Puri. S and Aureli, A (eds.), 2009. Atlas of Transboundary Aquifers – Global Maps, Regional Cooperation and Local Inventories. UNESCO-IHP ISARM Programme. UNESCO, Paris. [CD only]
 
The Atlas aims to present a global vision of regional and local initiatives. Since its start in 2000, ISARM has launched a number of global and regional initiatives. More than 200 transboundary aquifers have been identified. Inventories undertaken in the Americas, Asia, Africa, South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus, and Middle East have been already published separately. This Atlas presents a compilation of available data.
 
The Atlas also aims to show the usefulness of a common knowledge for shared management. In recent years water security for people and the natural environment have taken a centre stage in much of the dialogue on international policy. Coordination among countries being then essential for the sustainable management of transboundary aquifers, this atlas is intended to be a valuable reference that will encourage their sound and sustainable management.
 
UNESCO, 2010. Transboundary Aquifers: Challenges and New directions. ISARM2010 International Conference, 6-8 December, UNESCO, Paris. Abstracts. UNESCO, Paris.
 
This publication contains the abstracts of papers and posters, received from countries all across the world that constitute the technical programme of the International Conference on ‘Transboundary Aquifers: Challenges and new directions’ (ISARM2010), organized by UNESCO and its partners at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, 6– 8 December 2010.
 
UNESCO, 2010. Transboundary Aquifers: Challenges and New directions. ISARM2010 International Conference, 6-8 December, UNESCO, Paris. Pre-Proceedings. UNESCO, Paris. [CD-ROM version only]
 
This publication contains the full articles of papers and posters, as they were received for the technical programme of the International Conference on ‘Transboundary Aquifers: Challenges and new directions’ (ISARM2010), organized by UNESCO and its partners at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, 6– 8 December 2010.
 
Updated August 2011.
 
The first part of the “Guide on TBAs” (see below, Part III) is about a preliminary assessment and general analysis including the identification of going on dynamics at the legal, institutional and technical levels, an identification major challenges and an analysis of experiences on some transboundary aquifer systems (North Western Sahara, Iullemeden, Guarani, Nubian sandstone, Upper Rhine, Carboniferous, Genevese and Stampriet aquifer systems).
 
Updated August 2011
 
The second part of the “Guide on TBAs” (see below, Part III) includes detailed case studies of seven transboundary aquifer systems representing important challenges (aquifer systems of the Mekong River basin, coastal aquifers Ghana-Togo-Benin, lac Chad basin, Senegal-Mauritania aquifer system, Taouudeni-Tanezrouft, Iuellemeden, Mountain and Coastal aquifers between Palestinian Territories and Israel).
 
Collectif, 2010. Vers une gestion concertée des aquifères transfrontaliers. Guide méthodologique. AFD, UNESCO-IHP, Oieau, BRGM, Académie de l’eau, Paris. The English version is now available on-line and printed versions are expected early 2012.
 
In order to efficiently contribute to take up the challenges of the sustainable management of transboundary aquifers, the French Development Agency (AFD) launched a methodological study in close partnership with UNESCO-IHP's ISARM project, the French Water Academy, the International Office for Water, and the French Geological Survey (BRGM). The aim of this study is to develop an operational guidebook which consists of recommendations targeted to political decision-makers and managers, and includes case studies selected on several continents.