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Engaging community in developing an evidence-based strategy for adapting to sea-level rise and its impact on water resources on Lifuka Island, Tonga.

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Water resources, social and coastal assessments have been carried out on the island of Lifuka, Ha’apai Group, Tonga to the identify the potential impact on the communities, their assets and their island due to a recent sea level rise of approximately 23 cm. The impact of this rise and the adaptation strategies that the community have adopted and options they have will be a useful case study for other low lying island countries faced with the prospect sea level rise in response to climate change. In May 2006 an earthquake induced subsidence occurred on the island of Lifuka, Tonga.

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EARTH OBSERVATION FOR GROUND WATER EXPLORATION, MANAGEMENT, VULNERABILITY AND PROTECTION: THE GOTHAA APPROACH

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The GOTHAA (Geologie Observation de la Terre pour l’analyse d’aquifère) as developped since the year 2000 to support exploration of new ground water resources using earth observation techniques. The approach has been tested in various climatic, geologic, land use contexts in Argentina, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Libya.

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An effective global legal framework for transboundary aquifers within the framework of the UNWC

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As a legal solution to address those concerns, WWF proposes the future adoption of a protocol to the UNWC, adapting its rules to all groundwaters relevant to international law. This protocol would take into account the draft articles and other legal sources, as a basis for renewed negotiations on the codification and development of international groundwater law, culminating in the adoption of the proposed protocol.

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