United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), one of the partners of the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP), is organizing the second Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management (ISARM 2021) Conference in Paris, France, on December 6–8, 2021. The theme for the conference is ‘Transboundary Aquifers – Challenges and the Way Forward’. The conference will provide an opportunity for showcasing the diverse efforts made by UNESCO and partners, including the international research and donor community, to streamline groundwater as an enabler for achieving the water-related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across borders. UNESCO has published a call for abstracts, with a deadline for submission on December 30, 2020.
Experience shows that a multidisciplinary approach is essential to tackle the management of transboundary aquifer systems. Therefore, physical, social and legal scientists, academics, civil servants, development economists, practitioners and managers, decision-makers and governmental officers dealing with issues related to transboundary aquifers, and interested in giving a presentation/displaying a poster at the conference are invited to submit abstracts.
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Conference thematic areas:
- Contribution of transboundary aquifers to sustainable development in the framework of global and regional agendas, e.g., Agenda 2030 and the SDGs (including indicator 6.5.2); Paris Agreement; Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030; and Agenda 2063.
- Science-policy interface of transboundary aquifers, and the role of science in the governance and management of transboundary aquifers.
- Advances in the assessment and mapping of transboundary aquifers and hydrogeological methods.
- Management and governance of transboundary aquifers and strengthening cooperation.
- Education, capacity development and raising awareness.
- Deadline for the submission of abstracts: December 30, 2020
- Acceptance of abstracts: March 30, 2021
- Second announcement: June 30, 2021 (with full detailed program)
- Registration of final attendance: September 1, 2021
- Submission of full papers: October 1, 2021
- Final program: October 28, 2021