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"Transboundary Water Management" symposium to address water scarcity leading to increased competition among users in Thessaloniki, Greece, 15-18 October 2008
A symposium jointly organized by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), UNESCO Chair INWEB, UNESCO-IHP, Sustainability of semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA) and the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) on "Transboundary Waters Management" was held from 15th - 18th October 2008 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The objectives of the symposium were to:
- Assess the state of the art and the progress recently made in the sustainable management of transboundary waters by different disciplines such as law, socio-economics and water science
- Review current major international programmes concerned with the assessment and management of transboundary water resources
- Promote interdisciplinary approaches for integrated transboundary water resources management
The main topic of the symposium was Transboundary Surface Waters and Shared Aquifers. The issues addressed during the symposium were the following:
- Common monitoring Networks
- Sharing Data and Information
- Remote Sensing, Cooperative Modelling & Simulation
- International Political Issues, Decision Making & Conflict Resolution
- Involving Stakeholders in Transboundary Areas
- Institutional & Legal Issues
- Transboundary Water Economics
- Planning under Climate Change
- EU Policy in Transboundary Water Issues
- Education and Training, with an emphasis on shared aquifers
A one and a half-day course, which started in the afternoon of Monday 13th October and ended on Tuesday 14th October 2008, took place before the start of the main symposium.
The course was developed by a UNESCO IHP Task Force on Transboundary Groundwater Education. It promoted inter-disciplinary and inter-professional practical tools to facilitate concrete responses to transboundary groundwater sustainable management issues.