The objective of the event is to present a “Shared Vision” and a “Framework for Action” on Groundwater Governance.
The session aims to consult with participants the scope for a GEF supported initiative to address groundwater issues at global, regional and national levels.
The Shared Vision points to much needed improvements in groundwater governance to meet global demands for water and protect the integrity of aquifers.
The Framework for Action is designed to raise political awareness of the issue and promote key policy messages to advance governance approaches that can sustain the set of groundwater and aquifer services upon which humankind now depends. In addition the Framework aims to focus investments through the governance lens in order to generate a set of global benefits.
The Vision and Framework for Action have been developed over the past three years by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO IHP), the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), the World Bank (WB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The event consists of a presentation of the Shared Vision and Framework for Action, including the process of their preparation, followed by a moderated discussion to interact with participants and respond to questions. This session will launch a wide communication and outreach program aimed at reaching the endorsement of the Vision and Framework by a large number of specialists and stakeholders.