Groundwater and the right to a healthy environment

The UN-Water Summit on Groundwater 2022 aims to bring attention to groundwater at the highest international level. We are organising a side event on Tuesday 6 December which will consider the role of groundwater and the right to a healthy environment, and how water security can be improved in humanitarian crises.

 

Groundwater and the right to a healthy environment: improving water security in humanitarian crises

Groundwater is central to the right to a healthy environment and the right to clean drinking water, but the understanding of groundwater resources is often overlooked in planning and regulatory processes. During humanitarian crises, institutional systems are weakened, environmental monitoring programmes are suspended or terminated, and groundwater evaluation and management are often neglected.

This event will provide an opportunity to engage in a dialogue discussing the link between groundwater surveillance and humanitarian crisis. How the potential of groundwater can be harnessed, and how groundwater management can be included within strategies for fragile situations.

Discussion topics include:

  1. Links between the right to a healthy environment and the right to water, and hte connection through groundwater. Presentation of initial results from a HR2W study to benchmark laws HR2W
  2. Groundwater services for informed decision-making to prevent migration and improve water security in humanitarian crises Deltares, Government of Uganda
  3. Application of Humanitarian Crises: Improving groundwater management in humanitarian situations where improved data modelling can bring improvements in water availability/sustainability ACF, SI

Attending the event

The side event is open to UN-Water Summit on Groundwater 2022 delegates.  If you are planning to attend this side event or are interested in the topic, please email Geert-Jan Nijsten and Marta Faneca Sànchez.