Global Environment Facility / Ministry of Environment, Uruguay / Ministry of Water and Sanitation, South Africa / University of Strathclyde

Governance of groundwater resources in transboundary aquifers

Tuesday 30 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: FH 307
UNESCO-IGRAC 2015 Transboundary Aquifers Map

Groundwater is the primary source of drinking water worldwide and plays a critical role in supporting food and energy production. It provides drinking water to at least 50% of the world’s population and represents 43% of all of the water used for irrigation. In the last 50 years, the use of groundwater has increased by 300% around the world, in response to the rising demands for drinking water supplies and food production for a growing global population. Groundwater governance is a precondition for water security. For too long, groundwater governance has been an area of policy neglect. Achieving the 2030 Agenda will require to establish good groundwater resources governance practices. This is of special importance in the case of transboundary aquifers (TBAs) that are shared between two or more countries.

Approximately 600 TBAs have been identified by UNESCO-IHP. This event will highlight on-going efforts aimed at fostering groundwater governance at domestic and transboundary level. It will do so from a practical perspective, looking at applied methodologies and best practices.


09:00  Welcome remarks

  • H.E. Santiago Wins, Ambassador of Uruguay in Sweden
  • Alice Aureli, Chief, Groundwater and Human Settlements Section, UNESCO International Hydrological Programme

09:10 Principles of groundwater governance

Francesco Sindico, Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, University of Strathclyde

09:25  Groundwater governance and SDGs: Uganda's perspective

Callist Tindimugaya, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda

09:40  How to improve and apply groundwater governance principles

Astrid Hillers, Sr. Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility

09:55  Groundwater governance in the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System in Southern Africa

Tales Carvalho Resende, Project Officer, UNESCO International Hydrological Programme

?10:15  Q&As

?10:30  Close of event