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Regional consultations

Regional consultation for East and South Asia, and the Pacific

3-5 December 2012 - Shijiazhuang, China

Asia, and South Asia in particular, is developing rapidly and faces difficult challenges to meet the growing demand for water. Most Asian countries with large population have a common issue to solve: the unplanned and massive use of groundwater that has resulted in serious and growing problems of depletion and quality deterioration.
In a region where the succession of natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides) has affected an ever-increasing number of people in recent decades, coupled with the inevitable post-disaster crisis linked to the supply of drinking water, groundwater governance should also consider the proper management of groundwater resources resilient to natural disasters located in areas at risk.
Much economic and population growth is generated in coastal and flood-prone areas and the Pacific’s small island states are particularly vulnerable.
Moreover, the region shares common geological formations, aquifer systems and river basins, so that natural hazards frequently transcend national boundaries. Transboundary surface and groundwater resources governance are also crucial aspect of the strategy towards water security in the region.

The fourth Regional Consultation was dedicated to Asia and the Pacific Region and was held in Shijiazhuang, China from 3 to 5 December 2012.
Its organization was supported by the Ministry of Land of Resources of the People’s Republic of China, the China Geological Survey (CGS) and the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (CAGS), and the event was hosted by the Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology (IHEG).
More than 80 participants from 17 countries attended the 3-days event that included 8 technical plenary sessions and 6 working groups on thematic aspects of groundwater.