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Groundwater governance -
A Global Framework for Action
FAO, UNESCO, IAH, WB and GEF join forces to address groundwater governance issues.

groundwater wellThe project addresses concerns over the depletion and degradation of groundwater around the world. These impacts are attributed to a general failure to use groundwater responsibly. The project aims to reverse these trends.

The project aims to raise awareness of the paramount importance of sustainable groundwater resources management in averting the impending water crisis; and influence political decision making for better stewardship of groundwater resources worldwide.

The project is expected to define a Shared Vision and a Global Framework for Action on Groundwater Governance. These will be derived from:

  • An examination of the state of governance in relation to groundwater supply and demand.

  • The development of regional groundwater governance diagnostics integrating local and national experiences together with perspectives for management at local, national and transboundary levels.

The GWG project at the 7th World Water Forum :: SIDE EVENT

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.

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