03.01.2014 - Natural Sciences Sector

Out of sight, out of mind ?

Worldwide, 2.5 billion people depend solely on groundwater for their daily needs. Hundreds of millions of farmers irrigate their fields with groundwater to produce food for the masses. Yet experts consider that few, if any, of the world’s aquifers are being managed sustainably or equitably. The truth is that groundwater science, law and management are still in their infancy. Incredible as it may seem, we know much more about the planet’s oceans, lakes and rivers than we do about the lifeline beneath our feet. This hasn’t prevented us from pumping it with growing voracity.

The Groundwater Governance Project aims to raise awareness of the paramount importance of managing the planet’s aquifers sustainably, in order to influence political decision-making and thereby avert the impending water crisis. The project winds up in 2014.

 

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