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SESSION 2.02: Groundwater for sustainable water supplies in developing countries
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 Room Barthez 1
Session description: Increasing water demand for sustaining human activities is raising severe concerns worldwide,and particularly in developing countries where the access to water is already poor. To support developing countries moving out of poverty, adequate and safe water supply is a priority, and developing groundwater is often the best solution due to its dispersed occurrence and its ability to buffer climate variability. However, sustainably developing and managing groundwater supplies requires knowledge about aquifer systems and groundwater chemistry and how they respond to stresses from climate, abstraction, land use change and contamination.
This session focuses on groundwater supplies in developing countries and aims to discuss: (1) the contribution of groundwater to domestic and agricultural needs (2) new approaches for improving knowledge on groundwater availability and renewability; (3) current and future challenges of increasing groundwater supply in developing countries; and (4) the opportunities of developing participative approaches for long-term sustainable management. Case studies of successful or unsuccessful projects are welcome.
Conveners : Jean-Michel Vouillamoz (IRD-LTHE, France – Direction Générale de l’Eau, Benin, Jean-Michel.Vouillamoz@ird.fr), Viviana Re (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy – National Engineering School of Sfax, Tunisia, firstname.lastname@example.org), Alan MacDonald (British Geological Survey, United Kingdom, email@example.com)