Integrated Transboundary Groundwater Management

Tools and Methods
Organized by UNESCO-ISARM

The previous IW conference The previous transboundary waters symposium
A two-day course has taken place after the conference, starting on Thursday 9 December and finishing on Friday 10 December. Like the First Pilot Course that ran in Thessaloniki in October 2008, this Second Pilot Course aimed to provide the multidisciplinary information necessary to enable water practitioners ‐ be they political, legal, scientific or technical experts ‐ to improve the sustainable management of transboundary aquifers.

The course analyzed several case studies, presented and commented by internationally known experts from the field; this analysis was then followed by a series of round‐table discussions. In the last session, a role‐play aimed at consolidating the methods and tools developed during the course.

The course reviewed transboundary groundwater issues in different contexts: the case of countries with non concurrent administrative and hydrological boundaries; the case of the European Union, and the case of countries free from political conflict. The case of countries experiencing political conflict were considered through a role‐play based on a fictitious case study.

The course was free of charge and was attended by 40 persons (a selection process took into consideration disciplinary, geographical and gender representations).