Special issue on transboundary aquifers puts the worlds’ shared aquifers in focus

The Journal of Hydrology’s special issue on the International Shared Aquifer Resources Assessment and Management summarizes key findings from 15 years of transboundary aquifer (TBA) management across Africa, America, Asia and Europe. It highlights that management of transboundary aquifers in fragmented ways may affect sustainable development within and beyond a country’s borders, and that this requires an integrated water resources management approach. Several partners of the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP) contributed articles.  Among them were the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), and University of Strathclyde. GRIPP partners also have their work featured, including the Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management (ISARM) global initiative, which started in 2002 and is supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), IAH and other partners, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded assessment of Transboundary Water Assessment Programme (TWAP) developed by UNESCO-IHP.

 

Find out more about upper pannonian thermal aquifers successful cross-border aquifer management in Europe, and lessons from almost 20 years of the ISARM initiative here. Also, follow the IAH Commission on Transboundary Aquifers.

 

The Ramotswa transboundary aquifer between Botswana and South Africa (photo: Karen G. Villholth).

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