The AGWT Executive Director was an invited speaker at the Mexico Groundwater Colloquium held in Mexico City. The main focus of the event was on sustainability and the importance of having scientific understanding of regional groundwater flow concepts as a basis for groundwater management. The meeting venue, inside the Mexican Senate building, provided a great opportunity to increase legislator awareness of the vulnerability of Mexico’s aquifers to over-pumping. The program was organized by the Instituto de Geografia, UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and several Mexican Water Agencies. The event was attended by approximately 100 politicians, political advisors, municipal officials, water and groundwater agencies and academics.
Andrew Stone’s presentation was, “Proper planning for water supply sustainability: All available scientific data should be used.” He participated in the event representing the AGWT and as the Director of the Commission on Groundwater Outreach, of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.
Also included in the international panel of experts invited to participate in the colloquium was Xiao-Wei Jiang, School of Water Resources and Environment, University of Geosciences, Beijing, China; Judit Mádl-Szőnyi, Department of Physical and Applied Geology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary; and Udo Weyer, WDA Consultants Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada.