Groundwater management is a vital resource for tomorrow

Our water resources will only sustain in the long term if we build up our water management. In this context the participants of EM39th experienced two days with the experts of the Institute for Groundwater Management at TU Dresden. To develop our understanding of factors affecting sustainable management of groundwater, we had lectures about the concepts of subsurface properties, well constructions, monitoring wells & groundwater quality sampling and salinity modelling. We also visited the laboratory to support the estimation of geo-hydraulic parameters technically.

Many thanks to Prof. Dr. Rudolf Liedl, JProf. Dr. Marc Walther, Dr.-Ing. Diana Burghardt and Dipl.-Ing. Martin Binder for sharing with us linkages developed within & outside Germany.

Report & photographs by Hiba Mohammad (Syria)

Local water supply and climate change in Bolivia – role play

In an Andean Village, the traditional water supply system is failing due to changing framework conditions. How should the supply system be developed? How to take into account uncertainties and different interests? Prepared with individual background reading, our Environmental Management course participants represent different stakeholder groups in a meeting to agree on the future strategy for a water supply system.

The role play develops academic as well as practical skills and helps to recognise the complexity of negotiations and professional practice.