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Hydrogeology Journal

, Volume 25, Issue 7, pp 1927–1930 | Cite as

Socio-hydrogeology and low-income countries: taking science to rural society

  • Shrikant Daji Limaye
Essay

Abstract

Rural societies in low-income, high-population countries often faces scarcity of water of suitable quality for domestic use and agriculture. Hydrogeologists should therefore orientate their research work towards solving practical problems and impart basic knowledge about the hydrogeology of local watersheds to the village councils and communities so as to ensure their participation in better management of groundwater resources. Such cooperation between the hydrogeologists and villagers is the foundation of socio-hydrogeology, which aims at broader dissemination of information and discussions with hydrogeologists at village meetings regarding watershed management such as recharge augmentation, groundwater quality issues and prudent use of groundwater. Socio-hydrogeology implies improved accessibility of rural society to hydrogeological experts and better communication through the use of more appropriate and understandable language.

Keywords

Socio-hydrogeology Socio-economic aspects General hydrogeology 

Socio-hydrogéollogie et pays à faible revenu: rapport de la science à la société rurale

Résumé

Les sociétés rurales dans les pays à faible revenu et à forte population sont souvent confrontées à une pénurie d’eau de qualité appropriée pour l’usage domestique et l’agriculture. Les hydrogéologues devraient donc orienter leurs travaux de recherche pour résoudre des problèmes pratiques et transmettre des connaissances de base sur l’hydrogéologie des bassins hydrographiques locaux aux conseils communaux et aux communautés afin d’assurer leur participation à une meilleure gestion des ressources en eaux souterraines. Une telle coopération entre les hydrogéologues et les villageois est. le fondement de la socio-hydrogéologie, qui vise à diffuser plus largement l’information et les discussions avec les hydrogéologues lors des réunions du village concernant la gestion des bassins hydrographiques, telles que l’augmentation de la recharge, les problèmes de qualité des eaux souterraines et l’utilisation prudente des eaux souterraines. La socio-hydrogéologie implique une meilleure accessibilité de la société rurale aux experts en hydrogéologie et une meilleure communication grâce à l’utilisation d’un langage plus approprié et compréhensible.

Socio-hidrogeología y países de bajos ingresos: llevando la ciencia a la sociedad rural

Resumen

Las sociedades rurales de los países de bajos ingresos y de alta población a menudo se enfrentan a la escasez de agua de calidad adecuada para uso doméstico y agrícola. Por lo tanto, los hidrogeólogos deben orientar su trabajo de investigación hacia la solución de problemas prácticos e impartir conocimientos básicos sobre la hidrogeología de las cuencas locales a los gobiernos y a las comunidades de los pueblos para asegurar su participación en una mejor gestión de los recursos hídricos subterráneos. Esta cooperación entre los hidrogeólogos y los pobladores es la base de la socio-hidrogeología, que tiene como objetivo una mayor difusión de información y discusiones con los hidrogeólogos en las reuniones de los pueblos sobre el manejo de las cuencas hidrográficas. La socio-hidrogeología implica una mayor accesibilidad de la sociedad rural a los expertos en hidrogeología y una mejor comunicación a través del uso de un lenguaje más apropiado y comprensible.

社会水文地质学和低收入国家:把科学带到农村社会

摘要

低收入、人口多的国家农村社会,家庭和农业上经常面临缺乏质量过关的水。因此水文地质学家应当把研究工作方向对准实际问题及向农村政府和社区传授当地流域水文地质方面的知识,以确保他们更好地参与到地下水资源的管理中。水文地质学家和农民之间的这种合作是社会水文地质学的基础,社会水文地质学的目标就是信息更广泛的传播、在农村会议上与水文地质学家探讨有关流域管理诸如增大补给、地下水水质问题以及节约使用地下水方面的问题。社会水文地质学意味着农业社会更容易接近水文地质专家以及通过使用更恰当、更能被人理解的语言达到更好的交流。

Sociohidrogeologia e países de baixa renda: levando ciência à sociedade rural

Resumo

Sociedades rurais em países de baixa renda e elevada população geralmente encaram escassez de água de qualidade apropriada para uso doméstico e agricultura. Hidrogeólogos devem então orientar seus trabalhos de pesquisas na direção da solução de problemas práticos e comunicar conhecimento básico sobre a hidrologia de bacias hidrográficas locais aos conselhos rurais e comunidades a fim de garantir sua participação em uma melhor gestão dos recursos hídricos subterrâneos. Tal cooperação entre hidrogeólogo e camponeses é a base da sociohidrogeologia, que objetiva uma ampla disseminação da informação e discussões com hidrogeólogo em encontros de vilarejos a respeito de gestão de bacias hidrográficas, como argumentação sobre recarga, questões de qualidade da água e uso prudente das águas subterrâneas. A sociohidrogeologia subentende acessibilidade melhorada da sociedade rural à especialistas em hidrogeologia e melhor comunicação pelo uso de linguagem mais apropriada e compreensível.

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author takes this opportunity to thank Stephen Foster, John Chilton and Liz Screaton for making critical comments on and suggestions for the essay. Thanks are also due to Sue Duncan for improving its quality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ground Water Institute (NGO)PuneIndia

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