The use of scientific research and innovation to inform water policy development and the practical implementation of management solutions is essential. However, due to the diversity and complexity of environmental and societal problems, it is often challenging to identify the role of groundwater and adequately incorporate it in the management process. Moreover, policy makers, water managers and practitioners do not always have a sufficient overview of tools, measures and instruments available to them that could be applied to manage and solve interconnected groundwater issues. Limited availability of data, the invisible nature of groundwater and its complex physical dynamics add additional barriers to its inclusion within water policy and management implementation.
In this context, this session will be dedicated to enhancing the interface of science-policy-practice by showcasing the perspectives, innovations and ideas of scientists, policymakers, and practitioners to deal with these complex and unique challenges. It will present the 2022 World Water Development Report as a systematic framework for the consideration of groundwater resources in a broad socio-economic and environmental context and will introduce the Groundwater Catalogue as a complimentary tool to support practitioners in the selection and implementation of groundwater management solutions. Experts from academia, policy and practice will discuss the barriers to science informed policy and practice, and how these can be overcome. Recommendations and priority actions will be formulated to be included in the Summit Statement.