Regulating What We Can’t See: International Law and Transboundary Aquifers

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Presentation titled “Regulating What We Can’t See: International Law and Transboundary Aquifers” by Gabriel Eckstein, Texas A&M University, School of Law, and President of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) to the 46 IAH Congress, September 2019. He is an attorney and geologist, and his specialty is groundwater in transboundary aquifers. He talks about the interface between law, science, and policy related to sharing groundwater resources across state boundaries, including between nations.

Topics covered in the presentation include:
• Issues for transboundary aquifers
• Basis for developing governance mechanisms for transboundary aquifers
• Trends in governance of transboundary aquifers and associated gaps in governance trends.

Presentation includes various images, including cross sections that illustrate the concept of a transboundary aquifer and the challenges as to how two different states can allocate it in an equitable manner. Illustrations of several conceptual models of various types of aquifers in the context of international transboundary aquifers are shown, because in order to develop strategies to manage transboundary aquifers, one must take into account aquifer characteristics and all the information about flow, chemistry, and the relationship of groundwater and surface water (groundwater/surface water interaction), such as rivers and lakes, and in the context of the hydrologic cycle. Other images include a graph showing global groundwater use, maps of transboundary aquifer locations and the corresponding types of legal/management/policy, and international guidelines and agreements.

About this Video

Video Creator: IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists
Recommended/Summary by: Andrew J.B. Cohen
Curated by GroundwaterU on: 01/26/2022

Video Language: English
Video Category: Policy/Legal, Thought Leadership
Multimedia Type: Film/Pictures, Drawings/Graphs/Maps, Descriptive Text
Presentation Style: Lecture
Technical Level: Intermediate, Advanced