SS4.08 Global Freshwater Quality: Issues, needs and solutions
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Time: 10:15:00 AM
Location: Carson A
 
PetersNE, U.S. Geological Survey, Atlanta, USA, nepeters@usgs.gov
Bonell, M, , UNESCO, Paris, France, m.bonell@unesco.org
 
HYDROLOGY, ENVIRONMENT, LIFE AND POLICY(HELP) -- AN INTERNATIONAL APPROACH TO INTEGRATED BASIN SCIENCE FOR RESOURCE MANAGMENT
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Everyone lives downstream of the effects of some human activity. The cyclical and cascading effects of natural processes and human activities affect water quality and quantity along hydrologic pathways. The natural environment also greatly controls human activity, which in turn, affects water quality. A combination of policy, education, scientific knowledge, planning, and enforcement of applicable laws can slow the rate of water-quality degradation and provide human and environmental protection. HELP is a joint UNESCO/WMO program, designed to establish a global network of catchments that will be studied to improve knowledge of the links between hydrology and societal needs. Such an integrated global approach is needed to effectively manage land and water resources. The HELP approach uses catchments with water-related problems to forge links among hydrological scientists, water-resources managers, and water law and policy experts to address these problems. Water quality is one of the major areas of interest in HELP. Studies have been begun in several demonstration basins using the HELP approach and up-to-date results from some of these studies will be presented.