Presentation of IWA Groundwater Specialist Conference 8-10 September 2011, Belgrade, Serbia - page 2




Aimed at addressing many of the above issues, the IWA Specialist Groundwater Conference was prepared and held in Belgrade from 8-10 September 2011. It was the first IWA Conference of this type. The Conference used and developed the outcomes of the IWA Regional Conference entitled "Groundwater Management in the Danube River Basin and other Large River Basins", held in Belgrade in June 2007. The results of the latter were used to prepare the highly acclaimed book (Dimkić M., Brauch H.J. and M. Kavanaugh, 2008), published by IWA Publishing and now having worldwide distribution. The book serves as a reference source for scientists and advanced students on many universities.

The goals of the conference and the objectives achieved are listed in the last chapter of this paper (Conference Conclusions). The papers presented at the Conference covered four themes:

  • Under Theme 1 (the preparation and implementation of the groundwater component of water management plans for large river basins), representatives from several global (IWA, UNESCO) and regional institutions (EU Commission, ICPDR, IAWD), as well as from certain countries (Iran, Canada, Austria, Romania, Serbia) presented the current situation and various issues related to groundwater management;
  • Theme 2 (the importance of the aerobic state of groundwater, and of the processes which are driven by the level of aerobicity) addressed the increasingly important issue of the aerobic state of groundwater and its impact on groundwater source protection and maintenance. A number of papers showed that a continuation of investigations in this particularly interesting area is certain;
  • Under Themes 3 and 4 (climate change and its impact on groundwater; management of urban groundwater basins: mitigation of water quality impacts from anthropogenic threats) various issues of groundwater quantity and quality under forecasted climate changes (on global, regional and local level, including measures for mitigation and adaptation) and actual anthropogenic threats were addressed, as well as methods for determination and removal of specific pollutants.