Managing wetlands for climate change adaptation and groundwater sustainability is crucial for environmental conservation and water resource management. This event highlights the role of isotope hydrology in understanding the complex interactions between wetlands, groundwater, and climate change. Wetlands act as natural buffers against extreme weather events and provide essential ecosystem services; however, climate change is threatening these functions. Isotope hydrology helps study water movement and origin, tracing sources and pathways. It aids in identifying water sources for wetland recharge, assessing groundwater-surface water interactions, and predicting wetland and groundwater responses to climate change. Incorporating isotope hydrology enhances management strategies for long-term sustainability.
H.E. Mr Juan Facetti, Ambassador of Paraguay, former Minister of the Environment
Mr Johannes Cullmann, UN Water Vice-Chair
Mr Kenzo Hiroki, Professor, National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies / Coordinator, High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters
Ms Yuliya Vystavna, Senior Water Programme Officer, IAEA