Open Webinar (December 12): Groundwater- Making the Invisible Visible
December 12, 2019
Click here to read Dr. Neno Kukuric’s responses to the questions received during the webinar
Groundwater provides almost half of all drinking water worldwide, about 40% of water for irrigated agriculture and about 1/3 of water required for industry. It sustains ecosystems, maintains the baseflow of rivers and prevents land subsidence and seawater intrusion. Groundwater is an important part of climate change adaptation process and is often a solution for people without access to safe water. Despite these impressive facts and figures, invisible groundwater is out of sight and out of mind for most people.
Human activities (including growth of population and wealth) and climate variability are increasing the pressure on groundwater resources; serious pollution and depletion problems are reported for many parts of the world. Nevertheless, we still do not know sufficient about the state of groundwater resources (aquifers) globally and we do not manage them well enough.
How can we improve the visibility, and the state of our groundwater resources? Discussing this is Dr. Neno Kukuric, a renowned hydrologist and director of UN-IGRAC (International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre).
About the speaker
|Dr. Neno Kukuric is a hydrogeologist with about 30 years of experience gained in more than 20 countries worldwide. His professional interest is international water cooperation and application of informed management, encompassing technical, socio-economical, institutional and political aspects of water-related issues. Neno Kukuric is particularly involved in a global groundwater monitoring and assessment of transboundary aquifers. Since 2011, he’s served as a director of IGRAC, the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre of UNESCO.