The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) is a professional, non-governmental organisation for groundwater specialists, with over 3500 members in 140 countries. A scientific and educational organisation, IAH’s mission is to further the understanding, wise use and protection of groundwater resources throughout the world. The IAH exists to promote the sustainable development, management and protection of groundwater resources for the common good.
Groundwater is not always well understood by the general public, policy makers and professionals in other disciplines. IAH harnesses the research, knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of its members to help improve this understanding and to promote the professional management of groundwater.
We provide a voice for groundwater in world water policy and to champion its proper use and protection. IAH works with agencies in the UN system, especially UNESCO, FAO, IAEA and WMO, with other water-related NGOs, and is a member of the World Water Council and UN-Water. IAH is also affiliated to the International Union of Geological Sciences.
We encourage education and technology transfer, improving resources for groundwater professionals in developing countries. This is achieved by building networks of groundwater professionals within and between developing countries, by providing them with up to date technical material and by newsletters.
IAH BRITISH NATIONAL CHAPTER
IAH members around the world are organised into national chapters. The role of the British National Chapter includes:
- Promotion of activities that further the science and technology of groundwater;
- Stimulation of interest of hydrogeologists in Britain in the activities of IAH;
- Maintenance of a dialogue with other groups in Britain concerned with groundwater;
- Representation at international level of the interests of IAH members in Britain.
For more information about IAH in general, please visit the main IAH website.