Deltares signs agreement with Alberta Canada
Published: 15 December 2014
On the 12 th of December 2014, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is signed in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) by Kevin Parks, the Vice President of Science and Evaluation of AER and by Toon Segeren, Director Subsurface and Groundwater systems of Deltares.
In Alberta, the availability and quality of water resources is becoming more and more important. Especially in the southern part of the Province of Alberta that has a semi-arid climate. The Province of Alberta is growing fast because of the large amount of available natural resources (oil and gas). The industrial activities associated with energy development continue to grow and attracts new investors. In addition, this generates more demand on the agricultural market. All these growing activities cause an increased reliance on the province’s water resources. The present and future supply and demand of surface and groundwater resources need to be balanced and require a more integrated approach.
The AGS and Deltares already cooperate in groundwater modelling projects. This MoU strengthens the relationship and allows for a closer cooperation in a wide field of expertise in strategic research, knowledge transfer (training) and specific projects for the coming 5 years.
The partnership has been supported and co-developed by organisations like Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development on the Alberta side and the Government of the Netherlands, the Consulate General Vancouver and the Netherlands Trade Office.