On 22 October 2020, UNESCO IHP and GEF IW:LEARN will organise an online discussion on the topic of conjunctive water resources management at national and transboundary level. The overarching theme is “co-managing water in the river and below one's feet to enhance resilience and sustain water services” and IGRAC's Neno Kukuric and Arnaud Sterckx will be two of the speakers.
Conjunctive water resources management
Only few cities, countries and basin organizations have been able to tackle how to co-manage ‘in the river’ and ‘below their feet’ water resources so far. By enhancing the natural functioning of surface water-groundwater interactions, Conjunctive Water Management (CWM) contributes to generating multiple benefits regarding climate, water scarcity and quality, flooding, or biodiversity. As increasing climate variability and change will make conjunctive water management even more important, the event will help attendees identify (missed) opportunities based on examples from transboundary basins, coastal zones, urban settings, agriculture and wetlands.
14:00-15:00: Conjunctive Water Management
New UNESCO IHP publication: definition, rationale, putting CWM into practice, governance priorities, etc.
- Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and MAR Portal
- CWM & nature-based solutions, circular economy, and climate resilience.
15:00-16:30: Special interactive session: Transboundary level
Opportunities, specificities and obstacles to CVM in transboundary conditions.
- Incentives for riparian/aquifer parties to invest more in transboundary CWM and financing opportunities.
- Project involvement: The value of CWM interventions within transboundary projects design and activities.