Consultants and beneficiaries of the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project (KMARP) recently presented at two international conferences in South Korea and the Philippines. They highlighted how the project, funded by the Asian Development Bank and managed by Landell Mills, is addressing declining groundwater levels in Kabul.
Two of Landell Mills’ consultants presented at the congress which was made up of nine technical sessions related to the theme: Groundwater and Life: Science and Technology into Action. Additionally, the project funded four Afghan Government officials to attend and learn about groundwater management topics.
Hugh Klein’s presentation – Managed Aquifer Recharge and Aquifer Storage and Recovery in Kabul, Afghanistan – gave an overview of the declining groundwater levels in Kabul and how the project will pilot Managed Aquifer Recharge technology to address the issues. Managed Aquifer Recharge is the intentional recharge of water to aquifers (underground layers of water-bearing permeable rock) under controlled conditions.
Boris Matti’s presentation – Evaluating Managed Aquifer Recharge and Aquifer Storage and Recovery in Kabul, Afghanistan, Using Regional and Site-Specific Models – gave an introduction to the three-dimensional hydrogeological modelling of both the whole of Kabul basin and the project Managed Aquifer Recharge sites.
With the participation of groundwater scientists, engineers, academics, policy makers, and industry members, the congress is one of the largest and most important conferences for groundwater specialists.
Asia Water Forum 2018, Philippines – October 2018
One of KMARP’s government beneficiaries, Engineer Anayatullah Popalzai, a Hydrogeologist from the Ministry of Energy and Water in Afghanistan, received funding from the project to present at the Asia Water Forum. He also learnt about relevant water management topics and Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) interventions.
Anayatullah Popalzai’s presentation – Managed Aquifer Recharge and Aquifer Storage and Recovery in Kabul, Afghanistan – discussed the problems surrounding groundwater availability in Kabul and how ADB funding is helping the government address the issues through pilot Managed Aquifer Recharge technology.
The Asia Water Forum 2018 was held at the Asian Development Bank Headquarters in Manila and focussed on the theme of Information, Innovation, and Technology. It provided a platform for sharing knowledge and experience on water information, innovation, and technology. 800 delegates attended the event, including government, donor, multi-national bank, NGO and private sector participants.