ICRA joins World Water Day by highlighting the value of groundwater
ICRA shares the video of the day “Aigua subterrània: fent l’invisible, visible” (in Catalan) on World Water Day 2022
The different presentations show a current vision of the subject and contribute to spread the knowledge of groundwater and its importance in human supply and environmental preservation.
Groundwater provides almost half of all drinking water worldwide, around 40% of the water for irrigated agriculture and around one third of the water supply needed for industry. It sustains ecosystems, maintains the base flow of rivers and prevents land subsidence and seawater intrusion. Despite its importance, groundwater is invisible. And out of sight often means also out of our perception and understanding.
The Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) is a centre that aims to carry out research in the field of water and its resources, including groundwater resources, from a holistic view of the water cycle including qualitative and quantitative aspects.
With this mission, ICRA joins the celebration of World Water Day 2022, with the slogan "Groundwater: making the invisible, visible" and disseminates the video of the conference held on 17 March, with the participation of experts from both ICRA and the university, administrative and professional environment. All of them provided a current vision of the subject, contributed to disseminating knowledge of groundwater and its importance in human supply and environmental preservation. In the same way, they helped to address the reality of groundwater at the level of the hydrographic confederation in supply, with emphasis on the Internal Basins of Catalonia, and the current challenges of groundwater in the next management plans.