Fourth Regional Consultation – Asia and the Pacific Region, “Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Action” Project

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The lack of effective governance is cited as one of the main causes of unsustainable management of groundzater resources and degradation of aquifers. To reverse these worrying trends and close the governance gap, international experts and stakeholders are meeting in China for the Fourth regional consultation of the Groundwater Governance Project to discuss regional priorities and needs and feed in a Global Groundwater Governance Diagnostic.
The fourth Regional Consultation of the project “Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Action”, dedicated to the Asia and the Pacific region, will be held in Shijiazhuang, China, 3-5 December 2012. It is being organized by the Regional Office of UNESCO in Beijing and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. This project has been initiated in January 2011 by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) together with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) and the International Association Hydrogeologists (IAH).The Consultation is 3-day event, with plenary sessions as well as technical working sessions on thematic aspects of groundwater governance. The opening session will include the participation of high level ministerial representatives and the national and regional media.

The Five Regional Consultations held in the framework of this project are aimed to: a) acquire first-hand knowledge of regional issues from local groundwater experts; b) raise awareness and promote a global groundwater agenda; c) build partnerships amongst collaborating project agencies, cross-sectoral stakeholders, decision-makers and specialists.

Organized under the responsibility of the UNESCO-IHP network, the Regional Consultations are a fundamental component of the Groundwater Governance project. These Consultations will focus on the regional characteristics of groundwater use and will seek to promote discussion about the characteristics, priorities, visions and specific challenges to the region.

The results of the Regional Consultations will contribute towards the preparation of a Global Groundwater Governance Diagnostic. This will provide a technical base on which to prepare the various stages of the process. This will be achieved through the compilation of state-of-art scientific and technical knowledge currently available on groundwater resources and their governance.

Three other Regional Consultations were already held (Latin America and the Caribbean region: Montevideo, Uruguay, 18-20 April 2012; Sub-Saharan Africa region: Nairobi, Kenya, 29-31 May 2012; Arab States region: Amman, Jordan, 8-10 October 2012) and the last will take place next year (Large Europe, Central Asia, Caucasus and North America regions, including a Private Sector Roundtable: The Hague, Netherlands, 18-21 March 2013).

The Project “Groundwater Governance: a Global Framework for Action” will be developed on a 3-years basis, in close cooperation with Member States, as a response to the emerging global concerns over the increasingly unsustainable use of groundwater and degradation of aquifers. The overall objective of the project is to increase awareness of the importance of a sound management of groundwater resources in order to prevent and reverse the global water crisis.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 03.12.2012 08:00 local time
End 05.12.2012 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Aureli, Alice
Contact Marina Rubio m.rubio(at)
Country China
City Shijiazhuang
Venue Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology (IHEG)
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, Chinese
Estimated number of participants 70
Official Website
Link 1 Groundwater Governance Project website
Link 2 UNESCO Beijing Office - Regional Consultation webpages
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