About the Symposium

Accounting for approximately 99% of all liquid freshwater on Earth, groundwater has the potential to provide societies with tremendous social, economic, and environmental benefits and opportunities. Groundwater already provides half of the volume of water withdrawn for domestic use by the global population, including the drinking water for most of the rural population who do not get their water delivered to them via public or private supply systems, and around 25% of all water withdrawn for irrigation.
However, this natural resource is often poorly understood, and consequently undervalued, mismanaged and even abused, rendering it vulnerable to depletion and pollution. In the context of growing water scarcity across many parts of the world, the vast potential of groundwater and the need to manage it sustainably can no longer be overlooked.
Keeping in view the importance of groundwater, UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management (COMSATS University Wah Campus) in partnership with UNESCO Islamabad and Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) is organizing an international symposium on groundwater. This event will provide a platform to professionals from around the globe to share knowledge, ideas, and insights to better navigate the future of this very important resource.

GW Symposium Tracks

  • Groundwater assessment and management, Artificial recharge and active management of aquifers, Integrated coastal aquifer management
  • Groundwater and climate change
  • Groundwater sustainability and governance
  • Groundwater quality and pollution, Groundwater flow and contamination
  • Computational groundwater, Tools, methods, and models to study groundwater
  • Groundwater and Gender