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Hydrogeology Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 273–276 | Cite as

Overview of groundwater for emergency use and human security

  • Jaroslav VrbaEmail author
  • Fabrice G. Renaud
Essay

Introduction

Water resources and their management are critical to human security and are essential for achieving sustainable development (UN-Water 2013). According to UNDP (1994), human security is a people-centered concept and implies safety from both chronic and sudden threats or disruptions. Human security is composed of seven pillars: economic, food, health, environmental, personal, political, and community security (UNDP 1994), but other dimensions have since been suggested such as livelihood or energy security (O’Brian and Leichenko 2007), and further developments of the human security concept have been proposed (e.g., Barnett et al. 2010; O’Brian and Leichenko 2007; these two papers also include references to groundwater resources, although these are not a central discussion point). Most of the preceding dimensions depend on having access to sufficient freshwater of adequate quality. In many arid and semi-arid regions, groundwater resources represent the main source or an...

Keywords

Emergency groundwater resources Disaster 

Aperçu des eaux souterraines en cas d’urgence et pour la sécurité humaine

Visión general del agua subterránea para uso en casos de emergencia y de seguridad humana

地下水紧急情况下使用及对于人类安全的回顾

Visão geral das águas subterrâneas para uso emergencial e segurança humana

Notes

Acknowledgments

Great appreciation to Dr. Alice Aureli, Chief of the Groundwater Systems and Settlements Section, UNESCO – Division of Water Sciences, for the professional assistance and support of the UNESCO -IHP project Groundwater for Emergency Situations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Prague 4Czech Republic
  2. 2.United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human SecurityBonnGermany

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