The Challenges for Transboundary Aquifer Management – IAH and IHP session

The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme is co-convening the Session «The Challenges for Transboundary Aquifer Management», to be held during the IAH 2016 Montpellier International Congress. Take a look at the complete programme of the Congress and the description of the session. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended.

ISARM logo.200In 2016, the UN General Assembly is due to decide the fate of the UN International Law Commissions’ Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers following the repeated postponing the decision. The Draft Articles, in whose development the IAH took the scientific lead, represent arguably the most authoritative international legal instrument that specifically addresses the governance of aquifers. At the start of the SDG’s, it is becoming imperative to ensure that there is adequate regulation over transboundary aquifers, as their integrity and surrounding ecosystems are threatened by over exploitation, land-use changes and pollution. The science behind these drivers needs to be made more explicit and prominent.

This session of the IAH Congress, in its 60th Anniversary year, calls for papers from the science, the law and social science fields, to come together and provide the background and the justification that could be submitted to the UN General Assembly in Nov 2016 on how the Draft Articles can be turned into an international instrument.


We look forward to meeting you in Montpellier!


» Congress programme and session description

» Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme

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