Two billion people rely on groundwater: Experts

Two billion people rely on groundwater: Experts

In his opening remarks, AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
stated that with urban population expected to increase from the
existing 54 per cent to 66 per cent by 2050, reliance on groundwater
will increase. 

Drawing an analogy between groundwater and water in the human body was
Dr. Jariya Boonjawaat, Advisor, Atmospheric Research Group, of
Chulalongkorn University, who remarked that though both are not
visible, they are critical elements required for human existence.

Dr. Jayakumar Ramasamy, Chief of Natural Science Sector, UNESCO
(Bangkok), stressed the need for adaptation and managing the impacts of
climate change, with a special focus on physical impacts, health
well-being, affordability and availability. He stressed the need for
creating more academic and research networks, enhancing capacity, 
and an increase in outreach and communication activities.

Dr. Sangam Shrestha of AIT's Water Engineering and Management (WEM)
stated that the project aims to formulate adaptation strategies to
reduce the vulnerability of groundwater resources of Asian cities to
climate change in select Asian cities (Bangkok, Bandung, Ho Chi Minh
City and Lahore).

The event was supported by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change
Research, and the program is jointly implemented by AIT and Institute
for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan in collaboration with
Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR), Thailand, Ministry of
Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), Vietnam, Water and Power
Development Authority (WAPDA), Pakistan and University of Brawijaya
(UB), Indonesia.

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