With funding from the United Nations Development Account and the Government of Sweden, ESCWA is supporting Arab countries in improving their water security by strengthening their capacities for the sustainable management of groundwater resources; improving access to groundwater relevant data and information through the development of the Arab Groundwater Knowledge Platform; and drawing upon innovations in water technologies, geospatial analysis and remote sensing tools that can be used for monitoring, managing and reporting on scarce water resources.
As part of Cairo Water Week activities, ESCWA is organizing a workshop on improved groundwater management in the Arab region, in coordination with the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands. The workshop aims to:
- Present developments on the Arab Groundwater Knowledge Platform and discuss inputs provided by national focal points with the aim of making the platform publicly accessible;
- Present and discuss the planned update of the hydrogeological map for the Arab region;
- Introduce the manual on the assessment of climate change impacts on groundwater resources, including the needed data, opportunities and challenges to assess the impacts of climate change on groundwater - RICCAR;
- Introduce training materials on the use of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission for groundwater storage monitoring and the use of remote sensing for the estimation of crop water consumption from groundwater.