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Diktas athens 2014
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  • 1. Protection and Sustainable Use of the Dinaric Karst Transboundary Aquifer System
  • 2. http://diktas.iwlearn.org WHY ? 1. 80% of the water resources in the Mediterranean is shared between two or more countries; 2. Karstic aquifers are the most common in the Mediterranean; 3. Over-exploitation is frequent and further increasing notably in the costal aquifers where it has resulted in salty water intrusion; 4. Quality of groundwater is under threat of pollution, which is especially linked to urbanization and intensive agriculture; 5. The strong pressures on resources often provoke conflicts between users of groundwater. Need to develop a proper management of groundwater resources especially shared among countries by formulating and implementing common strategies and management policies
  • 3. http://diktas.iwlearn.org What is DIKTAS? DIKTAS is a project initiated by the aquifer-sharing states and supported by GEF - Global Environment Facility. It is implemented by UNDP and executed by UNESCO.
  • 4. http://diktas.iwlearn.org What is Karst? Karst is a special type of geologic environment that is formed by dissolution and corrosion of soluble rocks, such as limestone and dolomite.
  • 5. http://diktas.iwlearn.org Objectives • At the global level: to focus attention of the international community on vulnerable water resources contained in karst aquifers; • Enhance replication of experiences in other karst areas • At regional level: Develop and facilitate cooperation mechanisms among countries in order to assure sustainable and equitable use of this water resource • Protect the unique groundwater dependent ecosystems that characterize the Dinaric Karst region of the Balkan peninsula
  • 6. http://diktas.iwlearn.org Project Components I – Improving understanding of the resource and its environmental status II - Establishing cooperation mechanisms among countries sharing the aquifer III - Facilitating harmonization of policies and priority reforms - development of SAP IV - Stakeholder Participation, Consultation and Communication
  • 7. http://diktas.iwlearn.org Strategic Action Program (SAP) The preparation of a SAP is a cooperative process among key stakeholders in the countries of the region. • Negotiated policy document establishing clear priorities for action to resolve the priority trans-boundary waters problems • Identifies policy, legal and institutional reforms and investments needed to address trans-boundary waters problems
  • 8. http://diktas.iwlearn.org DIKTAS Web Portal Management of shared groundwater resources should be based on reliable scientific knowledge and information to avoid potential conflicts between neighbouring countries.
  • 9. Thank you COOPERATION FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

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