Presentation of IWA Groundwater Specialist Conference 8-10 September 2011, Belgrade, Serbia - page 3



The Conference

The Conference was held under the auspices of the Serbian Government and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. IWA, IAWD, ICPDR and IAH have all made major contributions during the preparatory stage of the Conference. The main organisers of the Conference are Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources and Belgrade Water Supply and Sewerage Company, aided by the Serbian Water Protection Society and the Serbian Association of Water Technology and Sanitary Engineering.

The introductory address was given by Professor Milan Dimkić, President of the Programme and Scientific Committee, and officially opened by Academician Nikola Hajdin, President of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Welcome addresses were also given by Mr Paul Reiter, Executive Director of IWA, Mr Dusan Petrović, Serbian Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Water Management, Dr Žarko Obradović, Serbian Minister of Education and Science, Mr Philip Weller, Executive Secretary of ICPDR and Mr Vladimir Taušanović, President of IAWD.

The Conference was attended by more than 300 participants: approximately 230 from Serbia, while the rest from 22 foreign countries (Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Ghana, Germany, Iran, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Montenegro, Romania, Rwanda, The Netherlands, Spain, USA )

Some 60 papers were presented during the Conference. Keynote and overview papers on some topics were presented by invited speakers. The Programme and Scientific Committee recommended 25 papers for publishing in IWA's Water Science & Technology journal.

Contributions Overview

A number of papers discussed the cooperation and management framework for ensuring maintenance and improvement of the status of Europe's surface and groundwater resources, including their quantity and quality. The overall framework in this regard is defined by the EU Water Framework Directive (EU WFD). Within the Europe largest river basins, the basic document is the Danube River Protection Convention, established in 1994 with a number of strategic goals. Their implementation is assured by ICPDR. The Danube River Basin Management Plan is complimented by the Joint Programme of Measures. The cooperation and management issues were covered in papers presented by Weller and Liska (2011), Scheidleder and Liska (2011), and Zojer (2011). The paper presented by Đurić et al. (2011) dealt with the groundwater component of the management plan for the Tisza River Basin.

A significant number of papers dealt with aerobic conditions of alluvial aquifers. The invited paper by Dimkić et al. (2011a) discussed one of the most important issues related to alluvial groundwater, namely the processes defining the baseline quality and groundwater quality transformation, such as: oxic conditions, biochemical processes of nitrification and denitrification, reduction and oxidation of iron and manganese, and reduction and oxidation of sulphur. The self-purification processes of groundwater are of particular importance for the protection and utilisation of this vital resource; its existence de facto makes groundwater aquifers equivalent to physico-chemical reactors. Bank filtration and artificial recharge are two principal methods of alluvial groundwater recharge. These topics were discussed by several authors, including Menz (2011) and Stock et al. (2011). Dimkić et al. (2011b) studied the effect of certain biochemical factors on well clogging under suboxic and mildly anoxic conditions. Mayr et al. (2011) reviewed the state-of-the-art in research and practice of the drinking water abstraction by bank filtration. Hitendra R.J. (2011) presented a groundwater recharge solution by rainwater using dried shallow dug wells in Kathmandu/Nepal.