Groundwater Regulation and Integrated Water Planning

Philippe Quevauviller, Okke Batelaan, Randall Hunt

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    The complex nature of groundwater and the diversity of uses and environmental interactions call for emerging groundwater problems to be addressed through integrated management and planning approaches. Planning requires different levels of integration dealing with: the hydrologic cycle (the physical process) including the temporal dimension; river basins and aquifers (spatial integration); socioeconomic considerations at regional, national and international levels; and scientific knowledge. The great natural variation in groundwater conditions obviously affects planning needs and options as well as perceptions from highly localised to regionally-based approaches. The scale at which planning is done therefore needs to be carefully evaluated against available policy choices and options in each particular setting. A solid planning approach is based on River Basin Management Planning (RBMP), which covers: (1) objectives that management planning are designed to address; (2) the way various types of measures fit into the overall management planning; and (3) the criteria against which the success or failure of specific strategies or interventions can be evaluated (e.g. compliance with environmental quality standards). A management planning framework is to be conceived as a “living” or iterated document that can be updated, refined and if necessary changed as information and experience aregained. This chapter discusses these aspects, providing an insight into European Union (EU), United States and Australia groundwater planning practices.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntegrated Groundwater Management: concepts, Approaches and Challenges
    Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Approaches and Challenges
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319235769
    ISBN (Print)9783319235752
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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