SS-52 Offshore Aquifers – Why Should We Care?

Topic: 4. Water policy and governance
Date: 2017-06-01
Time from: 17:20:00
Time to: 18:50:00
Room: Cozumel 2

In a 2013 Nature magazine article, scientists highlighted the presence of major reserves of fresh and brackish water in continental shelves around the world, with reserves that could amount to 100 times the volume of water extracted from the Earth’s subsurface since 1900. If confirmed, this phenomenon may potentially help addressing the “global water crisis”. Vast offshore freshwater reserves raises complex issues regarding applicable legal regime(s), exploration, resource preservation, extraction, transportation, treatment. UNESCO-IHP and the University of Strathclyde are co-organizing this session to raise awareness of the existence and accompanying challenges of this potentially vast reservoir of freshwater.