IWRA Online Conference ‘Addressing Groundwater Resilience under Climate Change,’ 28-30 October, 2020

Climate change has become an undeniable major pressure on the world’s freshwater resources. Yet, the effects of climate change on groundwater, the most significant freshwater resource on Earth, are still poorly understood. Somewhat neglected by policymakers and ignored by the public, groundwater management, governance and monitoring are less developed compared to surface water, globally. More up-to-date research and knowledge generation and sharing, as well as more efforts to raise awareness of the links between groundwater and climate change are also critical to ensure the sustainable management of this vital resource.

This conference will address these challenges and priorities in order to manage resiliently groundwater resources under climate change. This conference’s main goal is to, ultimately, promote the sharing and exchange of state-of-the-art scientific and policy knowledge on the links between an increased resilience of groundwater resources and climate change for the sustainable governance, use and management of these resources in all regions of the world.

The conference debates and results will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the thematic areas ‘Groundwater in a Changing Environment’ and ‘Education Key to Water Security’  of the eighth phase of the UNESCO-IHP programme  ‘Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional, and Global Challenges.’ They will also contribute to subsequent discussions and activities within the framework of COP26 in 2021, and the 2022 UN Water’s theme  dedicated to groundwater.

To register for the conference, go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AXfEyhNcRGKxk56lqD-SGA. Registration is free of charge.