Budapest Water Summit. Groundwater recommendations consider “all forms of managed recharge” (en inglés)

subido por Administrador 16. diciembre 2016 10:14

IGRAC Director Dr. Neno Kukuric contributed to the session 'Groundwater Sustainability - How can we manage the commons under uncertainty?' that has taken place 28-30 November 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The distilled recommendations from the groundwater sesión have been 10.


Groundwater recommendations:


1.    To make “invisible” groundwater visible to the layman, it should be quantified and measured using science based hydrogeological methods.

2.    The global groundwater in “the commons” should be managed through cooperation, diplomacy and the available regulations & rules, including the Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers.

3.    Whilst structured institutional and regulatory solutions exist, they need to be supplemented by incentives that change former behaviour and encourage more efficient and productive use.

4.    There are no silver bullets and especially in groundwater management, one size will not fit all hydrogeological and socioeconomic topologies. Policies and institutional structures can be developed that are locally applicable and likely to give useful quantity and quality outcomes. Closely linked to this is the access to investment finance, though there are critical pitfalls that have to be addressed.

5.    The measured response to climate adaptation must seriously take full account of the potential of aquifer replenishment through all forms of managed recharge,

6.    Governance frameworks vary within and across countries.  The ability of sound science, including that developed collaboratively in a transboundary context, to influence groundwater policy and management will be enhanced by carefully developed engagement/communication efforts.  

7.    The “invisible commons” when used conjunctively with surface and other water resources, provide an approach that can enhance groundwater governance. This has significant promise in the context also of transboundary water resources management. 

8.    Transformational shifts are required in multisector.

9.    Conjunctive use should rely on systems approach and a long term approach is better than short term development.

10. Awareness raising is essential and suitable technologies should be deployed.


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