Sector Project Policy Advice Groundwater – Resources and Management
Groundwater as part of a sustainable and integrated water resources management
The availability of water is a crucial factor for the improvement of people’s living conditions and socio-economic development in many countries and thus for the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Today people in many countries suffer from the lack of sufficient quantities of water or from bad water quality. It is predictable that this scarcity will further increase due to climate change, economic development and population growth. Integrated approaches to water resources management are seen as the most relevant step to resolve this crisis. This includes a holistic view on water resources taking into account the natural, social and economic conditions and the relevance of water for human beings as well as for nature. However, groundwater is still often not sufficiently addressed in these approaches, mainly due to its natural characteristics. Therefore, the goal of the sector project is to integrate groundwater into Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).