Groundwater monitoring workshop held in Hanoi, Vietnam


From 3 to 5 October 2016, the international training on “Monitoring for Regional and Transboundary Groundwater Management” was held in Hanoi, Vietnam. This workshop was organised by IGRAC in cooperation with the National Center for Water Resources Planning and Investigation (NAWAPI) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) Vietnam under the framework of the Global Groundwater Monitoring Network (GGMN) programme. The workshop was part of the Vietnam Water Cooperation Initiative (VACI) 2016 symposium.

GGMN Workshop Vietnam

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together national and international groundwater experts to review the state of groundwater monitoring in the South East Asian region, to introduce the Global Groundwater Monitoring Network (GGMN) programme and its practical implementation in Vietnam. 

The workshop addressed new monitoring technologies, groundwater monitoring optimisation and other related aspects of monitoring networks. The workshop also intended to build synergies and strengthen regional cooperation. 

VACI 2016 Symposium

IGRAC Director Neno Kukuric at panel discussion

The 5th Vietnam wAter Cooperation Initiative (VACI) 2016 symposium attracted some 1,500 participants from 25 countries for discussion, exchange and networking. IGRAC Director Neno Kukuric participated in a panel discussion on “Improving water management in transboundary basins: challenges and opportunities” and gave a presentation on “Groundwater monitoring and mapping of transboundary aquifers”. 

During the symposium, the paper "A multi-disciplinary approach and tools for comparative and in-depth assessments of transboundary aquifers" written by IGRAC Staff Members Geert-Jan Nijsten, Nienke Ansems and Neno Kukuric, was awarded with the VACI Best Paper Award 2016.