‘Enhancing the groundwater management capacity in Asian cities through the development and application of groundwater sustainability index in the context of global change’ (2013-2014) is a project supported by Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand will lead the project whereas IGES from Japan will provide all necessary expertise in the project and also in organizing workshops, e-conference and writing reports. The project aims to enhance understandings of policy makers and relevant stakeholders (e.g. users) in selected Asian cities (Bangkok, Bandung, Ho Chi Minh City, Karachi and Lahore) and develop their capacity to assess their situation of groundwater resources and management through customization and application of “groundwater sustainability index (GSI)”. Through e-conferences and regional workshops, communications among policy makers, scientist, and local stakeholders (water users) will be enhanced and the assessment results (from index) will be a baseline for future studies. The project and its activities are relevant to APN’s goals such as supporting regional cooperation, strengthening interactions between scientists and policy makers, and improving scientific and technical capabilities of the nation. Similarly, the project also encompasses the scientific agenda (2010-2015) which covers the specific areas such as climate change and climate variability, resource utilization and pathways.
- To apply and customize groundwater sustainability index to assess the extent of use and development of groundwater resources in selected cities.
- To develop the understandings and capacity to assess groundwater sustainability of groundwater managers and relevant stakeholders including water users by involving them from the beginning of index customization and application to their respective cities.