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Summary: SWP Learning Event on the "Assessment of Surface and Groundwater"

On September 6th 2018, the SWP organized at NADEL its first learning event on the topic of the “Assessment of Surface and Groundwater”. The trigger for this event was twofold: first, deepening our expertise, which is key to develop high quality solutions for water security and second, learning from one another is a huge added value of the network.

The event provided participants theoretical background as well as practical knowledge and allowed space for discussion and reflection based on concrete experiences & challenges.

After a welcoming speech from Dr. Fritz Brugger from NADEL and Darcy Molnar (SWP steering board), Michael Sinreich from the Federal Office for the Environment set the scene by introducing the topic of the learning event. Then participants broke down into 3 breakout sessions focusing on water quantity, hosted by Marie-Louise Vogt from CHYN on the topic of estimation of groundwater recharge, Sean Furey from RWSN/Skat on the topic of the African Groundwater Atlas and Salvador Peña from Photrack on the topic of quantifying surface water through an app. In the afternoon, participants took part in another 2 breakout sessions on the topic of water quality: one hosted by Claudio Valsangiacomo from Supsi on the topic of water quality analysis and one hosted by Joel Podgorski on geogenic contamination and the eawag GAP platform (visit the platform). To allow discussion on the existing tools and how they are used in practice, i.e. from assessment to implementation, Adrian Auckenthaler presented the case of the holistic water resources assessment in canton Basel and Ellen Milnes from CHYN/humanitarian aid focused on how it is done in humanitarian contexts.

The SWP received positive feedback on this pilot learning event from the participants. Therefore it is encouraged to carry on this path and organize another learning event in 2019 on a different topic prioritized by the SWP members.

Presentations

Introduction 

Breakout Session “Water Quantity”

Publications:

Breakout Session “Water Quality”

From Assessment to Implementation

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