Since 2009 I have been involved in a fantastic action for the study and protection of the Mediterranean Sea: MedPartnership.
The Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (MedPartnership) is a collective effort of leading organizations (regional, international, non governmental, etc.) and countries sharing the Mediterranean Sea towards the protection of the marine and coastal environment of the Mediterranean. The MedPartnership is being led by UNEP/MAP and the World Bank and is financially supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and other donors, including the EU and all participating countries.
As the main subject of my PhD research at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), I worked for the development of the Moroccan pilot case study within the UNESCO-IHP sub-component: Management of Coastal Aquifers and Groundwater.
In particular I performed the hydrogeochemical investigation in the Bou-Areg Coastal Plain and the confining Lagoon of Nador, in order to identity the main groundwater pollution drivers, recharge processes and its interactions with the lagoon.
The work has been object of the following publications in international journals:
|Re, V and Sacchi, E., 2017. Tackling the salinity-pollution nexus in coastal aquifers from arid regions using nitrate and boron isotopes . Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1–15. doi:10.1007/s11356-017-8384-z|
Re, V., Sacchi, E., Mas-Pla, J., Menció, A. and El Amrani, N. 2014. Identifying the e ects of human pressure on groundwater quality to support water management strategies in coastal regions: a multi-tracer and statistical approach (Bou-Areg region, Morocco). Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 500, pp. 211–23 (DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.08.115).
Re, V., Sacchi, E., Martin Bordes, J. L., Aureli, A., El Hamouti, N., Bouchnan, R. and Zuppi, G. M. 2013. Processes a ecting groundwater quality in arid zones: the case of the Bou-Areg coastal aquifer (North Morocco). Applied Geochemistry, Vol. 34, pp. 181–98 (DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.03.011).
Re, V., Sacchi, E. and Allais, E. 2013. The use of nitrate isotopes to identify contamination sources in the Bou-Areg aquifer (Morocco). Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, Vol. 7, pp. 729–32 (DOI:10.1016/j.proeps.2013.03.020).
Additionally, being part of such a great action, I had the opportunity to attend several congresses, including the World Water Froum in 2012, and webinars where I could meet and discuss with colleagues from all around the world. One of the most interesting meetings was the one organized by UNESCO-IHP on 6 and 7 May 2014 in Athens (Greece) in the framework of the IW:LEARN project. In this occasion one of the key actions was the discussion on opportunities and capacity building needs to promote the protection of coastal aquifers as well as contributing to enriching the global dialogue and awareness raising campaigns.
Communication should be central in any project wishing to contribute promoting a better management and long-term protection of groundwater resources. As scientists we have the responsibility to ensure that the outcomes of our works are adequately shared with policy makers and general public. Perhaps, those working in academia could consider discussing about these topics with their student and , why not, provide specific trainings on scientific communication and outreach skills.
Do you have any in communication training in your institution?
Have you ever attended one communication course? If so, did you find it useful?