Sun – 13, 09:30 – 13:00 (Blue Room)
Organized by UNESCO GRAPHIC and IAH Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change (IAH-CGCC)
Groundwater resources in many semi-arid and arid locations are in a state of crisis because of over-abstraction and the uncertain consequences of climate change. Climate change is expected to significantly modify the global hydrological cycle. There is a broad consensus that the effects of climate change will be felt by humans mainly through its impacts on water resources globally, including groundwater resources. Direct impacts of climate change on natural processes (groundwater discharge, recharge and storage and groundwater quality) may be exacerbated by the human response to these impacts, such as increased groundwater abstraction to adapt to extended and more frequent droughts. The effects of climate change on groundwater resources are therefore closely linked other global change drivers, including population growth, land use changes, and urbanization.
UNESCO GRAPHIC: To better understand the effects of climate change on global groundwater resources, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) initiated the GRAPHIC (Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change) project in 2004. GRAPHIC seeks to improve understanding of how groundwater interacts within the global water cycle, supports ecosystems and humankind and, in turn, responds to complex and coupled pressures of human activities and climate change. To achieve these objectives within a global context, GRAPHIC is a collaborative effort and umbrella for international research, education, and outreach.
IAH Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change (IAH-CGCC): the IAH-CGCC began as an IAH working group in 2003 and evolved into a formal commission of the IAH in 2008. In 2011, the IAH Secretariat approved an application to re-launch the IAH-CGCC with a revised mandate (2012-2015). The mission of the IAH-CGCC is: to improve understanding of (1) the relationship between groundwater and climate change, and (2) the role of groundwater in adaptation to climate variability and change. IAH members contributing to the IAH-CGCC include citizens from over 30 countries on 5 continents.
Objectives and Outputs:
The objectives of the workshop are to review past activities by GRAPHIC and the IAH Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change and discuss plan for upcoming activities, including new publications and future meetings, including COP21 in Paris, December 2015.
In particular, a major portion of the workshop will be devoted to discussing the second edition of the GRAPHIC book titled Climate Change Effects on Groundwater Resources: A Global Synthesis of Findings and Recommendations. Workshop organizers will describe the first edition and will solicit authors who are interested in contributing to the second edition.
Website for reference if any:
Jason Gurdak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth & Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University where he leads the Hydrogeology and Water Resources Research Group. Currently, he is also the co-coordinator of GRAPHIC.
Marc Leblanc is a professor in hydrogeology at the University of Avignon in France and the co-coordinator of GRAPHIC. He leads the hydrogeology laboratory (LHA) at EMMAH UMR. His research focuses on the impact of global change on groundwater resources.
Richard Taylor is a Professor of Hydrogeology at University College London (UK) and Co-Chair of the IAH Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change. He led a global review of the impact of climate change on groundwater published in Nature Climate Change in 2013.
Tales Carvalho Resende, PhD, Hydrogeologist, MA in International Affairs, works at the UNESCO – International Hydrological Programme (IHP). He is the UNESCO-IHP liaison to GRAPHIC, and is actively involved in promoting innovative groundwater resources evaluation for water management decisions and policies, such as the application of GRACE satellite observations to transboundary aquifers.
Mon – 14, 14:00 – 15:30 (Main Hall)
UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
The United Nations World Water Development Report, released every year with a focus on different strategic water issues each year, is the UN’s flagship report on water. It is a comprehensive review that gives an overall picture of the state of the world’s freshwater resources and aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water.
Through a series of assessments, the Reports provide a mechanism for monitoring changes in the resource and its management and tracking progress towards achieving targets, particularly those of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The Reports also offer best practices as well as in-depth theoretical analyses to help stimulate ideas and actions for better stewardship in the water sector.
The development of the WWDR, coordinated by WWAP, is a joint effort of the UN agencies and entities which make up UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
The WWDR seeks to answer the questions being asked by the international community: how far have we come towards meeting the targets of sustainable development? How far have we yet to do? What actions can we take to make the path smoother, and faster? In today’s changing world, the Report takes stock of past actions, present challenges, and future opportunities in order to provide decision-makers with up-to-date, reliable information that can help to change the ways in which we use water.
The WWDR is targeted to all those involved in the formulation and implementation of water-related policies and investment strategies, as well as to professionals at all levels. Although it offers a broad global picture, it focuses particularly on the situation in developing countries, where the need for better infrastructure and water governance is highest. With the report, WWAP is aiming to show where systems are failing, and to provide the information needed for efficient and effective capacity-building throughout the world.
Mon – 14, 16:00 – 17:30 (Main Hall)
Organized by FAO, UNESCO IHP, IAH, World Bank and GEF
As in several previous IAH Congresses a further side event will take place to present the final results of a four year GEF funded Project. The final products of the Project include a “Shared Vision 2030” and a “Framework for Action to achieve the Vision” on Groundwater Governance. Preliminary drafts of these documents were presented and discussed at IAH Marrakesh Congress (2014), from where a Declaration on Sound Governance was issued.
In the side event a presentation of the Shared Vision and Framework for Action, will be made, followed by a moderated discussion to interact with participants and respond to questions. The side event is part of a wide communication and outreach program aimed at gaining the endorsement of the Vision and Framework for Action from the groundwater community and the many related stakeholders. It has been funded and supported from the GEF’s program on International Waters, and the implementation of this program.
Objectives and Outputs
- Sharing of the outputs of the project “Groundwater Governance- A Global Framework for action” and their enrichment based on participants’ experiences, particularly with regard to implementation at country level of the Shared Global Vision 2030 and the Framework for Action to achieve the vision
- Ownership of the Vision 2030 and FFA and development partnerships to support their implementation, work conducted by IAH National Committees during the project and future plans
For additional information, please consult: www.groundwatergovernance.org
Tentative Program (speakers to be specified)
Presentations of the project outputs:
Statements, testimonies on the project and questions from the audience, with a focus on how the project results can be transformed into action; recommendations for IAH Congress regarding ways and means to support the project outputs
Tue – 15, 11:00 – 12:30 (Main Hall)
Organized by: Early Career Hydrogeologists’ Network of IAH (ECHN) in collaboration with Hydrogeology Journal
During the session the HJ Executive Editor, Clifford Voss, will give a brief overview of the journal and discuss with the participants some important topics like: How to decide when a work is ready for publication, Different article types, How to structure a paper, Tips for preparing a concise and comprehensive paper, The review process, Ethical issues, and more.
The presentation will be followed by Question&Discussion time, with the help of other HJ editors and Editorial staff.
Objectives and Outputs:
- To present and promote Hydrogeology Journal to early career hydrogeologists
- To provide useful publication tips to early career hydrogeologists
- To encourage the discussion with senior member and potential mentors regarding scientific publication issues.
Website for reference if any: echn.iah.org/iah-2015-congress-rome-italy
Tentative Program (and list of speakers):
Introductory remarks: Viviana Re and John Chilton
1. Clifford Voss
Plenary discussion: Hydrogeology Journal Editors and Editorial Staff.
Closing remarks: Viviana Re and John Chilton
Tue – 15, 14:00 – 15:30 (Main Hall)
Organized by Esri Italia
GIS is applied to many fields of endeavor, indeed to any field in which data can be depicted geospatially. So, what makes water different when it comes to GIS. Why do we need special data models for water?
Water movement through the hydrogeological cycle is extremely complex and is still not easy to understand.
In order to study the connectivity of water flow through the landscape GIS techniques can be applied. However is not enough to know that there are geographic data layers about water features like: streams, lakes, aquifers and wells with the aim of carry out this type of study. Therefore is necessary to apply special tools based on GIS.
The Esri ArcGIS Platform includes a wide collection of tools and data models developed for water resource management that allows a researcher and a decision maker to visualize and analyze hydrologic data for tasks such as assessing water quality, estimating water availability, planning flood prevention, understanding the natural environment, and managing resources.
This workshop will be an overview about available tools and best practices from the Esri users and partners’ community.
Tentative Program (and list of speakers):
1. Paolo Gull, Esri Italia (20′) – Introduction
2. Muriel Lavy, Politecnico di Torino (40′) – ArcHydro – GIS for Water Resources
3. Peter Schätzl, DHI Italia (15′) – FEFLOW – ArcGIS: a geospatial system to support decision making and management of groundwater resources
4. Marco Amanti, ISPRA (15′) – The new hydrogeological map of Roma Capitale
Thu – 17, 09:00 – 12:30 (Main Hall)
Organized by KINDRA
During the workshop, the “water” projects granted by the European Commission during 2014 under the European Horizon 2020 Research Programme will be illustrated, by their coordinators and partners. These five on-going projects are related to water use and consequently they concern groundwater too. In some cases, groundwater is the main topic developed by projects. Knowing more about these projects represents an opportunity for the IAH community to create synergy inside EU, but also with other international and global projects related to the groundwater topic. Future and further possibilities for upcoming H2020 calls would be preliminary discussed.
Each talk includes 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions/discussion
Fri – 18, 09:00 – 12:30 (Main Hall)
Organized by ANIPA
During the third EGA (European Groundwater and Wells Associations) Meeting, ANIPA, the Italian National Association of Hydrogeology and Water Wells, will propose that European associations consider setting up an EN working group in their common field, which starting from the different national standards, will draw up a common EN Standard.
Preliminary Programme of the Workshop
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