International Water Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifers October 2013

Glasgow City Chambers, Banqueting Hall
15 October 2013 9:00am- 4:30pm
16 October 2013 9:00am- 1:00pm

Book your place now

Presenter's Biographies

Download Provisional Schedule

Download Transboundary Aquifers Leaflet

Around 97% of the word’s available freshwater is stored underground; this means that groundwater is the most important potential source for human use. Worldwide, 2.5 billion people depend solely on groundwater for their daily needs and groundwater supplies nearly half of all drinking water in the world (UNESCO).

About 97% of the world’s available freshwater  is found in aquifers and the latest figures from the International Groundwater Research Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) show more than 400 transboundary aquifers worldwide. However, the paucity of specific legal and institutional arrangements to manage these aquifers in addition to the need to further deepen the understanding of the science policy interaction and the emergence of the payment concept for ecosystem services, linked to groundwater resources, calls for further debate. The Southern African Development Community region, where 20 transboundary aquifers have been identified amongst 13 countries, presents a specific example.

This international roundtable conference will provide a unique opportunity to discuss transboundary aquifer management from a multi-disciplinary perspective, focusing on its scientific-hydrogeological, socio-economic and legal-institutional dimensions.


The conference will be framed around the following debates
  • 2013 UN International Year of Water Cooperation and Scotland as a Hydro nation
  • Emerging challenges in Groundwater Science
  • Linkages between Groundwater Science and Transboundary Aquifer Law and Policy
  • Transboundary Aquifer Management: An Environmental Accounting Perspective
  • Transboundary Aquifer Cooperation: From Global to Regional


Key objectives
  • To celebrate the work of the UN in International Water Cooperation and the role that Scotland can play therein.
  • To underpin the role of science in decision making in the context of transboundary aquifer cooperation
  • To discuss the role of emerging legal instruments in the management of transboundary aquifers
  • To explore the value of water and the role it plays in transboundary aquifer cooperation


Participants will have an opportunity to
  • Engage in multidisciplinary debates examining cooperation in the field of transboundary aquifers from a science, legal and value perspective
  • Listen to worldwide specialists coming from policy, practice and academia
  • Participate in facilitated networking and interactive sessions with the range of stakeholders and decision makers


The conference will be of interest to
  • Government and Non-Government science, research and policy organisations
  • Academics and researchers
  • International organisations involved in integrated water resources management


  • Alice Aureli- UNESCO-IHP
  • Alistair Rieu Clarke- University of Dundee
  • Amanda Duff, DFID
  • Andrea Coulson- University of Strathclyde
  • Annukka Lipponen, UNECE
  • Anthony Turton- Water Stewardship Council of Southern Africa
  • Bob Irvine, Scottish Government
  • Francesco Sindico- University of Strathclyde
  • John Chilton- British Geological Survey
  • Louise Cronenberg- World Bank
  • Luis Araguas- International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Marius Claasen - South Africa Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Michael Kelly- KPMG and Visiting Professor of Accounting, University of Strathclyde
  • Minister Brown James Mpinganjira, Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development, Malawi
  • Nick Burn, Water for People
  • Nick Robins- British Geological Survey
  • Phera Ramoeli- SADC Secretariat
  • Robert Kalin- University of Strathclyde
  • Roda Nuvunga- Mozambique IHP National Committee
  • Rodney Ndamba- Institute for Sustainability Africa
  • Shammy Puri- International Association of Hydrogeologists
  • Shona Russell- University of St. Andrews
Organising Committee
  • Alan MacDonald, Chairman of the Burdon Groundwater Network, International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
  • Alice Aureli, UNESCO-IHP
  • Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Reader in International Law, IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee
  • Andrea Coulson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • Francesco Sindico, Reader in International Environmental Law, School of Law, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance
  • Guy Howard, Director of WASH DFID
  • Jon Rathjen, Scottish Government
  • May East, Chief Executive, CIFAL Scotland
  • Modesta Kanjawi, Director Water Resources, Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation, Government of Malawi
  • Phera Ramoeli, Senior Program Manager (Water) at SADC Secretariat
  • Pradeep Aggarwal, Head of Section and Water Resources Programme Manager, International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Robert Kalin, Professor of Professor of Environmental Engineering for Sustainability, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The University of Strathclyde, CIFAL Scotland, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, in partnership with Scottish Government, UNESCO-IHP (International Hydrological Programme), IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists), DFID (Department for International Development), SA Water Forum, will be active in promoting observance of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation through this roundtable conference, International Water Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifers, as part of a continuing process of advocacy and partnership to foster greater awareness and action towards global water issues.


Company Limited by Guarantee Number SC 309031 Scottish Charity Number SC 037597 Cookies Policy 

© Copyright CIFAL Scotland 2015, All Rights Reserved.