Conference objectives

This conference is devoted to relating work of groundwater and transboundary aquifers and acts as a contribution to UN Global Acceleration Framework. The conference objectives are:

Provide the opportunity to present an updated overview of the world inventory of transboundary aquifers, as the most recent UNESCO world map of transboundary aquifers was published in 2015.

Bring together transboundary aquifer management experts to discuss concepts and approaches for sound management within various contexts, in both developed and developing countries;

Exchange of ideas for new directions in transboundary aquifer management, as well as the drawing of recommendations for the formulation of new strategies and implementation elements such as guidelines and educational tools.

Consider the contribution of international law principles to the sustainable management of transboundary aquifers and dependent ecosystems as well as to evaluate the legal and institutional advances/issues arising from modern practices of formal/informal agreements between countries.

Emphasize on the efforts exerted and showing the progress with monitoring the transboundary aquifers cooperation within the framework of tracking SDG indicator 6.5.2 through its first and second reporting cycles;

Support development of educational initiatives on transboundary water cooperation and develop sustainable practices and guidance tools on shared water resources management and negotiations.