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Capacity Building for Problem Solving

The IAEA has spearheaded efforts for the use and application of isotope techniques by national institutions in the Member States to address priority water issues through its Technical Cooperation (TC) projects. By supporting training, technical expertise and infrastructure development, the IAEA has been working to meet the needs and requests of Member States for capacity building to address their practical problems. For example, The IAEA provides training for young 'water' professionals and helps Member States set up laboratories to undertake isotope measurement.

There are currently more than 80 water resource projects in the Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America regions which address a variety of issues related to groundwater and surface water resources. For example, assessing mitigation options for arsenic pollution of drinking water in Bangladesh, determining the relationship of groundwater to water levels in Lake Victoria, delineating the recharge zone of springs to protect water quality in rural Uganda, locating leakages and seepages in dams and reservoirs, augmenting recharge in the arid regions of the Middle East, determining the movement of fluids in geothermal fields to ensure sustainable use in Central America, demarcating sources and pathways of surface water pollution in Mongolia, characterizing and monitoring transboundary aquifer systems such as the Nubian, north-western Sahara and Iullemeden Aquifer systems in northern Africa and the Guarani Aquifer in South America.

Responsible/Contact: Isotope Hydrology Section | Last update: 04 March 2010

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