Managed Aquifer Recharge and its specific role in UNESCO IHP

Since its commencement IAH-MAR has actively contributed to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme. This role has grown and in IHP VIII (2014-2021) it specifically supports the achievement of Theme 2 “Groundwater in a changing environment”, and is the leading contributor to Focal Area 2.2 “Addressing strategies for management of aquifer recharge”, notably through IAH-MAR working groups.

Focal Area 2.2 Strategies for Management of Aquifer Recharge

General objective:

Improve security and quality of water supplies especially in water scarce areas under climate change and population growth.

Specific Objectives:

  • Integrate managed aquifer recharge into Integrated Water Resources Management to address effects of locally changing climate, population and food production
  • Develop and apply methods to assess impacts of recharge structures on water availability and quality, social and economic resilience and local ecosystems
  • Evaluate the costs and benefits of recycling of appropriately treated urban waste and storm water for aquifer recharge
  • Enhance governance capacities and institutional and legal frameworks to aid effective MAR implementation.
  • Develop a scientific basis for the prevention and management of clogging, improve measurement methods and models and knowledge of biochemical processes and fate of pathogens and organics in MAR systems.

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