UNESCO Launches Global Aquifer Map

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A worldwide map of groundwater resources crossing national boundaries has just been published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This map details 273 shared aquifers – sources of ground water – across the globe. It is the culmination of eight years of research and development of an extensive ground water database by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP). The map also indicates water quality of the aquifers, recharge of the aquifers, streams and rivers in the region of the aquifers, and population density near the aquifers.

Above Photo: Inside the Global Aquifer Map

The unveiling of this project is set to coincide with the United Nation’s review of a new draft Convention on Transboundary Aquifers on October, 27, 2008. This convention is an international treaty to assist in the management and protection of ground water resources across country boundaries. This project is very important because shared ground water resources could increase conflict across political boundaries in the future. The delineation of transboundary aquifers will assist countries in current and future water planning.

International Conference on Nonrenewable Groundwater Resources – October 2008

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Thanks to Water Wired for the update on the upcoming conference about global nonrenewable groundwater resources:

International Conference on Nonrenewable Ground Water Resources: Sociotechnological Aspects of Nonrenewable Ground Water Resources: Half-Empty, Half-Full, Top-Down, Bottom-Up, and Some Paths Forward

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA), in cooperation with the Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) at Oregon State University, UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and the World Bank, will present an International Conference on Nonrenewable Ground Water Resources, 13-14 October 2008, in Portland, OR.

Abstracts are currently being accepted for the conference by February 4, 2008.

For more information, please contact aquadoc@oregonstate.edu or Todd.Jarvis@oregonstate.edu at Oregon State University, if you have questions about the topics.