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Aureli on going unesco gef projects

  1. 1. Ongoing GEF Projects Executed by UNESCO on Groundwater Resources UNDP/GEF –UNEP/GEF GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT IN THE TRANSBOUNDARY SYR DARYA BASIN Project Preparation Phase – Inception Meeting 3-4 February 2014 UNESCO HQ, Paris - 1, Rue Miollis Salle XIV (Floor -1) Dr A. Aureli UNESCO IHP Chief Groundwater Section Project Executing Agency
  2. 2. Set up Coordination and Cooperation for the Sustainable Management of the Transboundary Dinaric Aquifer System • GEF / UNDP / UNESCO-IHP IGRAC regional Full -Size Project • Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro • Regional and international partners • Post conflicts countries • 2010-2014 Objectives: • facilitate the equitable and sustainable utilization of the transboundary water resources of the Dinaric Karst Aquifer System, and • protect the unique groundwater dependent ecosystems that characterize the Dinaric Karst region of the Balkan peninsula.
  3. 3. Protection and Sustainable Use of the Dinaric Karst Transboundary Aquifer System (DIKTAS)))) • • • • The rise of several new sovereign states created new transboundary interlinkages TDA: Expansion and consolidation of the current scientific and technical knowledge base; preparation of thematic maps to guide management Development of mechanisms for coordination and information exchange at national and regional level Joint development and implementation of the Strategic Action Programme
  4. 4. Global Objective • focus attention of the international community on the huge but vulnerable water resources contained in karst aquifers • Replication of experiences in other Karst areas
  5. 5. “Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Action”–
  6. 6. GEF-UNESCO-FAO-WB-IAH Thanks to UNESCO-IHP Network Latin America & Caribbean 19 countries Sub-Saharan Africa 19 countries 5 regional consultations96 countries Regional Diagnostics / Recommendations Asia & Pacific 17 countries Framework for Action Arab States 19 countries Providing policy makers with science-based guidelines for informed decision making UNECE region 22 countries + private sector GOVERNANCE of GROUNDWATER RESOURCES
  7. 7. Management of coastal aquifers and groundwater  In the frame of the Strategic Partnerhsip for the Mediterranean  12 Méditerranean participating countries + the Palestinian territories Objectives: • Identify land source pollution to the mediterranean sea • reverse the trends in over-extraction and degradation of the coastal aquifers quality through policy interactions and to provide appropriate capacity and technology for groundwater management • Characterization and management of Groundwater supported ecosystems • Regional actions for Coastal Aquifer Management through the development of a regional and national plan for actions relating to coastal groundwater. • Legislative, policy and institutional reforms for Coastal Aquifer Management One main expected objective : Coastal aquifers supplement to the TDA-Med http://themedpartnership.org
  8. 8. IW LEARN Project (2011-2014) Goal: Strengthen Transboundary Waters Management by facilitating information sharing and knowlegde management amongst GEF IW projects and partners    International Waters Learning Exchange And Resource Network Unique initiative in the GEF portfolio Strong focus on groundwater protection and management Improve effectiveness in combating land degradation in MENARID through an enhanced role of groundwater Community formed by practitioners, project managers and Ministries representatives. Structured targeted dialogues around main challenges and themes such as Groundwater Governance, Climate Change Adaptation, Traditional knowledge, Transboundary Aquifers, Managed Aquifer Recharge… Analysis of the global portfolio of GEF Projects on Groundwater in light of disseminating outstanding results, lessons learned and replicable practices A series of interviews and videos from events across the world looking at groundwater issues!
  9. 9. GEF Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) GEF- UNESCO IHP -IGRAC – TRANSBOUNDARY AQUIFERS ASSESSEMENT
  10. 10. TWAP Transboundary Aquifers Objectives The project builds on the achievements of the UNESCO International Shared Aquifer Resources Management Initiative (ISARM) UNESCO HAS FORMULATED INDICATORS FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF TRANSBOUNDARY AQUIFERS • (1) Provide a description of the present status of transboundary aquifers (TBA) and aquifers in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) • (2) Bring to the global attention the potentialities and the vulnerability of transboundary aquifer systems, and catalyze action.
  11. 11. As Follow up of the UNESCO ISARM Inventory UNESCO HAS FORMULATED INDICATORS FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF TRANSBOUNDARY AQUIFERS Characterization and better knowledge of selected aquifers in all regions
  12. 12. TWAP -TBA - use of indicators • Indicators: Smart combinations of variables in order to describe the complex aquifer system in 20 easy to understand and intuitive indicators • To enable comparison of TBAs: Indicators will be aggregated per TBA and per national segment (1 value per TBA/national segment)
  13. 13. UNESCO project financed by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) Transboundary Aquifers- Groundwater Resources Case Studies Objectives: • improve the knowledge on national groundwater resources • recognition of the importance and vulnerability of transboundary aquifer resources, • improve cooperation between countries • and • establish cross-border dialogue and cooperation
  14. 14. Transboundary Aquifers- Groundwater Resources case studies Three case study TBAs i. The Esquipulas-Ocotepeque-Citalá (Trifinio) Aquifer (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras) – ii. The Stampriet Aquifer (Namibia, Botswana, South Africa) iii. The Pretashkent Aquifer (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan)
  15. 15. THE PROJECT “GROUNDWATER RESOURCES GOVERNANCE IN TRANSBOUNDARY AQUIFERS” GOALS AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES PRETASHKENT CASE STUDIES GOALS: NATIONAL LEVEL  COUNTRIES IMPROVE THEIR KNOWLEDGE ON NATIONAL GROUNDWATER RESOURCES AND ON THEIR TRANSBOUNDARY AQUIFERS,  ACQUIRE CAPACITY TO BETTER MANAGE THE RESOURCE, ENHANCED NATIONAL WATER SECURITY AND IMPROVED OVERALL ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY. REGIONAL LEVEL  ENHANCED COOPERATION ,  COUNTRIES COOPERATE AND IMPLEMENT PRIORITY ACTIONS FOR THE PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE AQUIFER.
  16. 16. PRETASHKENT CASE STUDIES OUTPUTS Indicator Based Assessment of the aquifer environmental and socio-economic conditions, Information Management Systems programs in each project aquifer Proposal and Recommendations for Harmonized monitoring Countries Cooperation Multi-country Consultative Meetings in the aquifer National studies and regional seminars
  17. 17. CASE STUDY PRETASKENT COMPONENTS • Component 1 It will focus on the assessment of the hydrogeological, environmental, socio‐eco nomic conditions, legal and institutional frameworks, including the identification of transboundary concerns (diagnostic analysis) • Component 2 It will be dedicated to facilitate cooperation mechanisms among countries sharing the aquifers.
  18. 18. Thank you

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