Mapping groundwater resilience to climate change and human development in Asian cities is the three-year project funded by Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) and implemented by Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The collaborators are: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan, Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR), Thailand, Division of Water Resources Planning and Investigation for the South of Vietnam, Vietnam, International Waterlogging and Salinity Research Institute, Pakistan and Center of Research for Environment Energy and Water (CREEW), Nepal.
The project aims to assess the current and future climate, quantify changes in both climatic and human development, analyze resiliency of groundwater systems to changes, and then formulate adaptation strategies to reduce the vulnerability of groundwater resources in four Asian cities (Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Kathmandu and Lahore) through a collaborative efforts of scientists, policy-makers and relevant stakeholders.
Through e-conferences and regional workshops, communication among policy makers, scientist, and local stakeholders (water users) will be enhanced and the assessment results will be useful for groundwater management under climate change and human development scenarios. The project and its activities complement to at least first three goals (i.e., Support regional cooperation; Enhance capabilities in science-based decision-making; and Strengthen interactions among scientists and policy makers) outlined in the APN’s Fourth strategic Plan (2015-2020). Similarly, the project encompasses three of the APN’s research agenda (2015-2020): Climate change and variability; Resource utilization and pathways for sustainable development; and Risk reduction and resilience.