New GWP Publications at World Water Week 2014

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014 - 14:47

Global Water Partnership (GWP) is introducing several new publications at World Water Week 2014: two GWP Technical Committee Background Papers, one Perspectives Paper, one Briefing Note and one Proceedings Paper. All of these are available online,and in hard copy through the GWP online order form.

This paper provides an excellent overview of the global groundwater economy and assesses the opportunities it offers for irrigated agriculture and also the risks it poses for depleting and degrading aquifer systems. A review of the various ‘groundwater governance models’ suggests that while each has merit, none can claim to have achieved the sustainable use of groundwater. The author emphasizes that the socio-ecological and political environment is critical in determining the elements of an appropriate groundwater governance regime.

This paper describes the journey over the past two decades in which the process of integrating water resources management has developed and is reaching adulthood. The paper argues that water security can never fully be achieved, because ever-changing physical and economic conditions will require the continuous adaptation of water systems and behaviors in order to meet the growing demands and changing climactic conditions. The authors examine two approaches to increasing water security: the developmental approach seeking to increase water security over time, and the risk-based approach focusing on managing risks and reducing vulnerabilities resulting from climate variability and water-related disasters.

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