Focus on Transboundary Aquifers


The Scientific Basis of the UN ILC Draft Articles on Transboundary Aquifers

A CWLPS/CECHR seminar given by Shammy Puri (Secretary General, International Association of Hydrogeologists) on Tuesday 16th February, from 12-1pm in the Carnegie Lecture Theatre

As a member of the advisory team to the UN ILC Special Rapporteur drafting the Articles on the use of transboundary aquifers, Shammy Puri was deeply involved in providing the scientific framework of the hydrolgeology of transboundary aquifers. His in depth knowledge on such aquifers came from his direct experience in exploring, designing and later exploitation of a number of transboundary aquifers, but the principle one being the Rum – Saq aquifer that is shared by Jordan & Saudi Arabia. Currently he is advising the EU and the Governments of Swaziland and Lesotho on integrated water resources management, where both countries lie in what are probably the most classic examples of transboundary waters management and their related issues.

Shaminder Puri serves for a second term as Secretary General of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. His scientific, technical & policy experience on groundwater resource management comes from nearly four decades of work. His scope of practical experience derives from responsibility for the world’s largest water well drilling programme in the Rum-Saq Aquifer, restructuring of the coal sector in Ukraine and as global co coordinator of the Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management Programme (ISARM,) under which an atlas of 273 aquifers was published. He was also one of the prime technical contributors to the UN’s International Law Commission’s activities the issued Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers, adopted by the UN General Assembly. He has held senior advisory position with UNEP, UNESCO, the EU’s EuropeAid programmes and the Asian Development Bank. His current assignment includes establishing the African Groundwater Commission and advising the Governments of Lesotho and Swaziland on their transboundary water resources management.

The seminar will focus on the scientific background to the ‘Draft Articles on Law of Transboundary Aquifers’. For further information contact

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