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News Call for abstract: 2nd International Conference on Transboundary Aquifers

Groundwater is the most abundant source of freshwater worldwide. This makes it crucial to socio-ecological systems and the source of at least half of the planet population. There are 366 transboundary aquifers identified, and 226 transboundary “groundwater bodies”, underlying almost every country.

Transboundary aquifers are not only a source of freshwater to societies, but they also represent a geographic, economic, and geopolitical space.

The Second International UNESCO Conference on transboundary aquifers ISARM II “Challenges and the way forward”; aims to be an opportunity for showcasing diverse efforts made by UNESCO, the International and Donor community (GEF, the World Bank, the FAO, the Swiss, the German etc…) to streamline groundwater as an enabler for achieving the water-related SDGs.

 Call for abstracts:

Experience shows that a multidisciplinary approach is essential to tackle the management of groundwater transboundary systems. Physical and social scientists, academics, civil servants, development economists, managers, decision-makers, and governmental officers dealing with issues of transboundary aquifers, are invited to participate and submit abstracts. The abstracts should be in English only (less than 400 words) and it should address a subject on one of the topics of the Conference.

The Scientific Committee will select the abstracts, the selected author will be requested to prepare full length papers. The proceedings will include keynote lectures and accepted papers and will be published online by UNESCO-IHP. Authors of accepted contributions will be notified by end of March 2021. There is a limit of 6 pages for each paper (320 words per page), and 3 pages (320 words per page) for each poster, including figures, tables and references. The participants are kindly requested to submit their abstracts by 30 December 2020.

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  • Call for Abstracts and First Announcement:  English

Registration is now available: Register Now!

Conference Thematic Areas

  1. The contribution of TBA to Sustainable Development in the framework of Global and Regional Agendas, e.g. Agenda 2030 and SDGs (including indicator 6.5.2); Paris Agreement; Sendai Framework; Agenda 2063; etc.
  2. The Science/Policy interface of TBA: the role of science in the governance and management of TBA
  3. Advances in the assessment and mapping of TBA and hydrogeological methods
  4. Management and Governance of TBA: Strengthening Cooperation
  5. Education, Capacity Development and Raising Awareness

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline for abstracts: 30 Dec 2020
  • Abstract acceptance: 30 March 2021
  • Second announcement: 30 June 2021 
  • Final attendance registration 1 September 2021
  • Full papers submission: 1 October 2021
  • Final program: 28 October 2021

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Source of information Unesco
Geographical coverage France
News date 10/11/2020
Working language(s) ENGLISH