August 27, 2014: ISARM consultants Ofelia Clara Tujchneider, Gregory Christelis and Jac van der Gun have won the third prize at the Best Research Paper 2013 Awards with their paper entitled: 'Towards Scientific and Methodological Innovation in Transboundary Aquifer Resource Management'. The editors of Environmental Development identified this paper as one of the three best research papers published in the second year ot the journal.
Topic of the paper
To substitute the largely sectoral approach that focussed more on the visible and easily quantifiable surface water, a concerted effort by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in the late 90s and early 2000s together with implementing agencies promoted a new approach to transboundary groundwater management, better integrated with land-use planning, ecosystem protection and river basin management.
Furthermore, UNESCO's International Hydrological programme launched in 2000 the International Shared Aquifer Resource Management Programme (ISARM),that has been successful in contributing to improving relevant area-specific scientific knowledge, including the hydrogeological, legal, socio-economic, institutional and environmental components.