Hydrological components of the groundwater-wetlands interactions: international cooperation for developing a new conceptual framework in Ibero-American wetlands

Dear colleague,
Wetlands are ecosystems which provide a wide spectrum of services to the human well-being. Conceptual models that explain the behaviour and the relationship between the water bodies are essential to generate policies for water resources management. It is also a priority that decision makers take into account all the benefits and values of different ecosystem services delivered by wetlands.
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Estimado colega:
Los humedales son ecosistemas que proporcionan una amplia gama de servicios que contribuyen al bienestar humano. Elaborar modelos conceptuales que expliquen el funcionamiento y relación de los cuerpos de agua resulta esencial para generar políticas de gestión del recurso hídrico. Asimismo, es prioritario que al momento de tomar decisiones que afecten a los humedales se considere la gama completa de beneficios y valores que otorgan los diferentes servicios de los ecosistemas de humedales.
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Prezado colega:
As áreas úmidas são ecossistemas que proporcionam uma ampla gama de serviços que contribuem para o bem-estar humano. Elaborar modelos conceituais que expliquem o funcionamento e a relação dos corpos de água torna-se essencial para gerar políticas de gestão do recurso hídrico. Assim, é prioritário que no momento da tomada de decisões que afetem as áreas úmidas leve-se em conta a gama completa de benefícios e valores que oferecem os diferentes serviços daqueles ecossistemas.
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Mon cher collègue:
Les zones humides sont écosystèmes qui fournissent un large éventail de services qui contribuent au bien-être humain. Élaborer des modèles conceptuels pour expliquer le fonctionnement et la relation des masses d’eau est essentiel pour générer des politiques de gestion des ressources en eau. Il est également la priorité lorsqu’ils prennent des décisions affectant les zones humides est considérée comme la gamme complète des avantages et des valeurs qui offrent des services différents de zones humides.
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Objectives

GENERAL OBJECTIVE
The general objective of the Project is to set a new conceptual framework on the wetlands, groundwater and human beings relationships in Iberian America through scientific research and the international cooperation.:

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
1. To assess conceptual models for different groundwater-wetlands interactions in Iberian America.
2. To assess groundwater-wetlands interactions for different scenarios of global change.
3. To identify wetland services contributing to human well-being, the status and trends of the services and the primary drivers of wetland loss and degradation.
4. To assess governance and institutional responses to achieve the rational use of wetlands and an integrated management of water resources.



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