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Sustainable use and protection of groundwater resources - transboundary water management

Pilot Study

Pilot countries
Contact person

Dr. Tomasz Nałęcz Tomasz.Nalecz@pgi.gov.pl

Groundwater resources will be of increasing significance for the domestic economy in the future because surface waters - the main water source used by humans over ages - become progressively more contaminated. Now more than 60% of man-used water comes from groundwater resources. The consequences of water shortages could destabilize the geopolitical environment. The political conflicts that such changes in water resource availability could engender, could put global economic sustainability and security at risk. Therefore, the most important fields of activity in hydrogeology are the preparation of balance of groundwater resources, assessment of factors affecting their formation, and implementation of protection systems. The main idea of the project is the development of transboundary water quality monitoring and assessment between Ukraine and Poland, with strong support from the USA and Israel, and the development of international cooperation on implementation of transboundary water quality assessment. The project will initiate cooperation on monitoring, contamination migration and water management issues. Abandonment of study of contamination migration and monitoring of groundwater can degrade the water dependent ecosystems as well as cause future problems with drinking water supply. The proposed project builds on previous Polish - Ukrainian activities in integrated water resources management and the new strategy to mainstream groundwater issues to integrate Ukraine into European water management system.

Next Meeting

Previous Meetings
Jerusalem, Israel, April 20-23, 2009
Shatsk, Ukraine, September 2-4, 2008
Minsk, Belarus, Nov 8-9, 2007
Lviv, Ukraine, May 22-23, 2007
  • Report of the meeting and list of participants (.PDF/106Kb)
Lublin, Poland, August 10-11, 2006
  • Report of the meeting and list of participants (.PDF/119Kb)