Congress on Groundwater and Global Change in the Western Mediterranean
Groundwater and global change in the Western Mediterranean. Major drivers of global change include population growth and migration, climate change, urbanization and expansion of infrastructure, and changes in land use and pollution. Western Mediterranean countries of both southern Europe and North Africa are expected to experience impacts on the sustainability, quantity, quality, and management of water resources. Future scenarios in this region forecast a decline in stream ﬂow, reducing reservoir storage for population supply. In this context, groundwater becomes an increasingly strategic resource to meet water demand for irrigated and urban areas. Particularly, coastal areas are threatened by increasing stress during summer and drought periods causing groundwater depletion and saline water intrusion. Dealing with this situation makes it necessary to address regional needs through global coordination, so the IAH and IHP-UNESCO recommend facilitating country and regional groundwater assessments and exchange of information via seminars, workshops and conferences, such as the one presented here. These aspects are in connection with the Declaration on Groundwater in the Mediterranean (Malaga-Marrakech, 2006), and consequently IAH National Chapters from Western Mediterranean countries are organizing this congress on Groundwater and Global Change.
Organised by IAH National Chapters of Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Morocco and Tunisia.