|Benchmark meeting on groundwater governance marks road to World Water Day and UN International Year of Water Cooperation|
The Hague (NL), 19–21 March 2013 • UNESCO, together with FAO, World Bank, IAH and UNECE, will organize a Regional Consultation on Groundwater Governance at the outset of the activities celebrating World Water Day 2013 and in the framework of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. Organized under the responsibility of the UNESCO-IHP, this consultation focuses on the characteristics of groundwater use in North America, Europe and Central Asia (including all EECCA countries) and seeks to promote the discussion about the specific challenges and priorities within the regional context.
H.E. Rob Zeldenrust, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, will open the event, which is the 5th regional consultation, following consultations in: Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, Arab States, Asia (East and South) and the Pacific.
The aims of the regional consultations are to:
Venue: The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Hague, the Netherlands
The 5th regional consultation is supported by the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, the Netherlands National Committee IHP-HWRP and IGRAC.
Reports from previous meetings:
Other interesting writing:
Groundwater of Azerbaijan, by Adishirin B. Alakbarov
Shared groundwater resources and conflicts, by Jean-Louis Oliver
Intensive groundwater development: A water cycle transformation, a social revolution, a management challenge,
Transboundary aquifers in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia: Recommendations from Almaty Workshop
» Groundwater – Chapter on groundwater in the Netherlands, from 'Geology of the Netherlands', by Co de Vries
Copyrighted, so not freely available:
Carswell, C., (2013) Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater; in High Country News, 18 February 2013.
López-Gunn, E. and L. Martínez-Cortina (2006) Is self-regulation a myth?: Case study on Spanish groundwater user associations and the role of higher-level authorities; in: Hydrogeology Journal, vol 14, no 3: pp 361–379.
Molinero, J., E. Custodio, A. Sahuquillo and M.R. Llamas (2011) Groundwater in Spain: Legal framework and management issues; in: A.N. Findakis and K. Sato (eds) Groundwater Management Practices; CRC Press/Balkema, pp 123–137.
Ronen, D., Sorek, S. and J. Gilron (year?) Rationales Behind Irrationality of Decision Making in Groundwater Quality Management; in: Ground Water, vol?, no?, pp 1–10.
Stephano, L. de, P. Martínez-Santos, F. Villarroya, D. Chico and L. Martínez-Cortina (2013) Easier said than done? The establishment of baseline groundwater conditions for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Spain; in: Water Resources Management.
Turton, A.R., H.J. Hattingh, G.A. Maree and D.J. Roux (2007) Governance as a Trialogue: Government-Society-Science in Transition; Springer, Berlin, 354 pp.