On the 6th of October, the 7th edition of the Latin America-Spain Water Dialogues was. During this online event, organized by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MTERD) of Spain and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), experts and leaders from the Latin American and Spanish water sectors met to discuss the challenges arising with local and transboundary aquifers. IGRAC Director Neno Kukuric was invited as transboundary aquifers expert to give a keynote speech with a global perspective about the state of groundwater resources.
7th Water Dialogues
During this 7th edition of the Latin America-Spain Water Dialogues, the challenges arising in local and transboundary aquifers were discussed, in view of their relevance as a priority source of fresh water, promoting their rational use, protection, and if necessary their restoration, as well as the need to encourage (in the case of international aquifers), agreements that allow progress with joint policies and strategies between countries.
In his presentation, Neno Kukuric stressed that greater efforts should be made to assess the world's groundwater resources and implement actions that allow “making the invisible visible”. This presentation also inspired two round tables in which the challenges and characteristics of the management and governance of both local and transboundary aquifers were analyzed into more detail.
Video starts at the presentation of Neno Kukuric.
Leading up to the Water Dialogues, Neno Kukuric gave an interview with iAgua / Smart Water Magazine about this topic. The interview is published both in Spanish and English:
- Neno Kukuric: "Es urgente realizar una evaluación de las aguas subterráneas en América Latina"
- Neno Kukuric: "It is therefore urgent to conduct an assessment of groundwater in Latin America"
Latin America-Spain strategic collaboration
The Latin America-Spain Water Dialogues are part of a long-term strategic collaboration platform set up by CAF Development bank of Latin America and the Kingdom of Spain, through the Ministries for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MTERD), Asuntos Económicos y Transformación Digital (MAETD) y Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación (MAEUEC). It is also supported by Casa de América y de iAgua.