Discover how science can be a positive force in the context of political diplomacy in the Scientific Diplomacy of Groundwater Webinar series*.
During this Webinar on the CARA Network you will learn about the great importance of groundwater in Central America and Bolivia, as well as the role of universities and international organizations in building hydrogeologic capacity in these regions.
Groundwater provides the vast majority of the water supply in most tropical and arid regions of the world, yet there were few professional hydrogeologists and little attention paid to groundwater resources in those regions. The CARA Network began in 1999 with the intention of building capacity in hydrogeology and water resource management in Central America and the network has now recently expanded into Bolivia, as well.
The CARA Network has been mostly funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and has initiated master of science hydrogeology programs at six universities in Latin America. These universities are supported by the University of Calgary, the University of Waterloo, and various other universities with hydrogeology programs. This provides an opportunity for Latin Americans to study hydrogeology at a North American academic level, yet in their own countries, in programs applied to their own countries. and in Spanish. To date, the CARA masters’ programs have trained about 200 Latin American hydrogeologists at the M.Sc. level.
CARA Network has also facilitated the creation of local chapters of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. The new Latin American hydrogeologists are now working in their home countries for government agencies, universities, research institutes, private consulting firms, and nongovernmental organizations. As a result, there is now a critical mass of hydrogeologists in each country leading to new policies, research, programs, and projects related to groundwater development, management, and protection.
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*About the series
This Webinar is the last in the Scientific Diplomacy of Groundwater series, which was designed to highlight various groundwater-related projects that fostered better understanding and cooperation among groundwater professionals in different countries. The chosen projects show how technical assistance projects can foster partnerships and collaborative efforts between developing countries and United States’ federal agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations, which, in turn, can help build capacity related to water resource management and training of future water professionals.
The other Webinars in this series included:
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