Groundwater-based natural infrastructure solutions: The missing link to resilience?
The groundwater-based natural infrastructure (GBNI) event will highlight and discuss the role and prospects of solutions that explicitly and actively consider and emphasize groundwater as a natural infrastructure. The solutions include managed aquifer (or artificial) recharge with various degrees of supportive grey infrastructure to enhance water storage underground for subsequent recovery and use and the slight derivative where storm water is purposefully tapped and diverted underground for flood protection as well as subsequent productive or environmental purposes. GBNI also encompasses various approaches that enhance treatment or protection of fresh underground water and associated ecosystems and their services, like river bank filtration, underground dams, recharge area protection, enclosures, etc. The event will discuss the spectrum of solutions, exemplify novel and innovative approaches that account for both sustainability, bankability and affordability, equity in benefits and social acceptance and engagement. The solutions will also be discussed in terms of complementarity to existing more traditional storage and treatment infrastructure solutions and how we can promote, improve and integrate the groundwater-based ones for increased resilience and inclusive water security. The event will bring in multiple and inter-disciplinary perspectives from developing and developed countries in a highly interactive forum.
Programme for Special Event on:
Groundwater-based Natural Infrastructure : The missing link to resilience?
11:00 Welcome by Moderator
Alvar Closas, IWMI, International Water Management Institute
11:05 Introduction to Groundwater-Based Natural Infrastructure (GBNI)
Karen Villholth, IWMI, International Water Management Institute
Presentation of GBNI cases and initiatives from around the world:
11:15 MAR in Nebraska
Nick Brozovic, DWFI, Daugherty Water for Food Institute
11:20 Payment for Ecosystem Services for MAR, Japan
Binaya Raj Shivakoti, IGES, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
11:25 Underground Taming of Floods, India
Paul Pavelic, IWMI, International Water Management Institute
11:30 Stormwater Harvesting via Aquifers, Adelaide, South Australia
Andrew Ross, ANU, Australian National University, Australia
11:35 Roads: Green Infrastructure for Groundwater Recharge, Ethiopia, etc.
Frank van Steenbergen, MetaMeta, the Netherlands
11:40 Unmanaged Recharge with Poor Outcomes, India
Jenny Grönwall, SIWI, Stockholm International Water Institute
11:45 Planning and Assessment of MAR applications
Catalin Stefan, CAWR, Centre for Advanced Water Research
11:50 The Global MAR Portal
Arnaud Sterckx, IGRAC, International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre
11:55 Q and A and general discussion
12:30 Closure of Special Event