University of Strathclyde and CIFAL to host Transboundary Aquifers Conference

Glasgow Conference LeafletThe ‘International Water Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifers Roundtable Conference’, part of the UN 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation, will take place on 15-16 October 2013 at the Banqueting Hall of the City Chambers in Glasgow.

the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and UNITAR CIFAL Scotland will host an international roundtable conference on transboundary aquifers. The ‘International Water Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifers Roundtable Conference’, organised in partnership with a number of institutions involved in water governance and management, including UNESCO-IHP and the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, is a programme designed as part of the 2013 UN International Year of Water Cooperation.

This international roundtable conference will provide a unique opportunity to discuss transboundary aquifer management from a multi-disciplinary perspective, focusing on its scientific-hydrogeological, socio-economic and legal-institutional dimensions.

The Conference will take place on 15-16 October 2013 at the Banqueting Hall of the City Chambers in Glasgow.

The Conference will aim at exploring the importance and value of cooperation over transboundary aquifers, discussing the challenges currently facing effective governance of transboundary aquifers and the ways in which law and science can help overcome these obstacles. In particular, discussions will revolve around the interactions between science, law and policy and the role of in fostering transboundary aquifer cooperation.

Speakers will include actors who have been at the forefront of the campaign towards greater international cooperation over issues involving transboundary aquifers, as well as members of the Scottish Government.

According to UNEP, around 30 percent of the world’s freshwater is stored underground in the form of groundwater, constituting about 97 percent of all the freshwater potentially available for human use; however, “the lack of specific legal and institutional arrangements to manage these aquifers, in addition to the need to further deepen the understanding of the science-policy interaction, calls for further debate”, a gap which the Conference in Glasgow will partially fill.

The Conference will take the form of multilateral discussions as well as roundtable debates, a format chosen to allow for greater interactivity and dialogue between speakers and participants. The Conference is meant to be an open forum that allows each participant to give their input and views on the issues at hand and work together to find the solutions to achieve effective transboundary aquifer management.

2013 has been declared the ‘International Year of Water Cooperation’ by the UN General Assembly. The goals of the series of events, programmes, projects and activities organised throughout the year are to raise awareness of the crisis water supplies are currently facing and of the challenges of building effective water governance. The ‘International Year of Water Cooperation’, part of a wider effort to achieve the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), also aims at bolstering and promoting water cooperation agreements, in the hopes of enhancing access to water supplies and services.


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