The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

2018 AWRA Summer Conference: The Science, Management, and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will hold its 2018 summer conference from 9-11 July in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. This year's topic is The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater. The program will stimulate conversations on innovative approaches for identifying transboundary groundwater resources and the methods to develop sustainable governance and management agreements.

Abstracts are now being accepted through 28 February on any and all topics dealing with, or related to The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater. The term 'transboundary' is not limited to 'transnational', but refers to situations when groundwater crosses or underlies two or more political jurisdictions, international or not, so that it must be managed as a transboundary resource. Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations are sought and no papers are not required - just the abstract, which is submitted online.

When: 9-11 July, 2018
Where: Fort Worth, TX, USA
How to Register: Visit the event website for details

Growing populations and economies will increase competition for water resources around the world. Furthermore, desiccation of surface water supplies via climate change will not only exacerbate disputes over current water supplies but also increase pressure on groundwater resources, already stressed in some parts of the world. Since water resources respect no political boundaries - sometimes not even intra-national or intra-state boundaries - equitable agreements to govern, manage, and protect these resources are essential to the social and economic well-being of all water users. While formal agreements for equitably governing and managing transboundary surface water resources are common and well-understood, the development of similar transboundary groundwater agreements is in its infancy.