Addressing Groundwater Resilience under Climate Change

IWRA-IAH-UNESCO online Conference

  • 28 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020
  • 08:00
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Online (Time set on CET)

IWRA-IAH-UNESCO's conference is a separate event from IWRA's conference deliberately planned right from the start as an online event. It has now been moved virtual to reduce CO2 emission (a trigger of climate change) and to provide more access to those who often cannot travel to attend international conferences.


Climate change is one of the strongest growing pressures on Earth, and undeniably affecting the world's freshwater resources. Groundwater is the most significant freshwater resource in the world, and it is yet to be completely understood. It is often ignored by the public, and its governance, management and monitoring is at the same time often neglected by policy makers.

The 2020 International Water Resources Association (IWRA) online conference, held from 28 - 30 October, aims to raise awareness of the links between groundwater and climate change, which are key to the management of this vital resource. IWRA and IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists) deliberately planned this side event of IWRA's annual conference as an online event right from the start (last year at the IAH congress in Malaga). At the same time, UNESCO IHP (International Hydrological Programme) also joined and helped in the planning and coordination.

IHE Delft’s contributions

IHE Delft is a partner organization of the conference, and various staff members are contributing to the conference. Rector Eddy Moors will be a keynote speaker, Dr Tibor Stigter is Technical Coordinator of the conference as well as member of the Scientific Committee, and theme coordiantor. Dr Neno Kukuric, Director of our in-house partner IGRAC, is a theme coordiantor. Dr Jeltsje Kemerink - Seyoum is also involved as member of the Scientific Committee. Both latter staff members will also be (co-)chairing sessions.

IWRA is a non-profit, non-governmental, educational organisation. It provides a global, knowledge based forum for bridging disciplines and geographies by connecting professionals, students, individuals, corporations and institutions who are concerned with the sustainable use of the world’s water resources.

Registration and Programme

Registration to the conference is free. More information, including the IWRA's online conference programme is available here.


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