The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Groundwater and Climate Change – Multi-Level Law and Policy Perspectives

Groundwater represents roughly 98% of available freshwater and over 2.5 billion people across the globe rely exclusively on groundwater to meet basic water needs. However, the impacts of climate change on groundwater exacerbate tension surrounding current uses, and pose a major threat for the future. Yet, groundwater law and policy primarily focus on governing use and rarely considers protection. A distinguished list of panellists will discuss this issue and debate on the safeguarding of groundwater and the integration of this resource into climate change adaptation strategies.

When: Thursday, 21 September; 16:00-17:30 CEST
Where: Webinar (online)
How to Register: Click here to register

Topics include:
  • Introduction to ‘Groundwater and Climate Change: Multi-level Law and Policy Perspectives’
  • Assessing India’s drip-irrigation boom: efficiency, climate change and groundwater policy
  • Climate change, groundwater and the law: exploring the connections in South Africa
  • Groundwater law, abstraction, and responding to climate change: assessing recent law reforms in British Columbia and England
  • EU legal protection for ecologically significant groundwater in the context of climate change vulnerability

Panellists
  • Michael Kidd, Professor, University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Owen McIntyre, Professor, University College of Cork
  • Birsha Ohdedar, Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Trevor Birkenholtz, Professor, University of Champaign-Urbana
  • Raya Stephan, Water Law Expert and Consultant

Moderator: Scott McKenzie, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia