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    Tringali Chiara
    Stakeholder engagement in groundwater management- sharing decisions, sharing opportunities
    The essential role of groundwater resources in supporting natural ecosystems and human wellbeing is more and more recognized. Undeniably increasingly attention is paid to the long-term protection and management of aquifer in developing countries, being a key element for poverty eradication and conflict reduction. However, due to the increasing water demand and the effects of climate variability groundwater resources are still threatened by overexploitation and pollution. Consequently these resources yet represent a limiting factor for the sustainable development of many poor areas worldwide. If, on the one hand the role of the hydrogeological community is fundamental to promote effective science-based management practices, public engagement of groundwater end-users and concerned stakeholders consultation is a necessary requisite for the success of such practices. This work presents the outcomes of the Bir Al-Nas research project, as the first example of the implementation of a socio-hydrogeological approach for sustainable groundwater management in rural areas that integrates social analysis into hydrological investigations. The approach is currently being tested in the rural region of Grombalia (Tunisia) affected, like many coastal aquifers in developing countries, by increasing negative pressure due to human activities.**According to the new proposed approach, during in situ measurements considerable importance was given to public engagement of local households involved in the monitoring network. This was performed through the administration of structured questionnaires facilitating the creation of a momentum for dialogue about local groundwater issues while raising awareness on the role water end-users can have in groundwater protection and pollution reduction. Additionally Stakeholder Analysis was performed at the beginning of the investigation to identify the most influential stakeholders likely to support the implementation of the new management strategies based on the hydrogeological analysis.**Overall, the results highlight the potential of the Bir Al-Nas socio-hydrogeological approach to pave the way for the development of participative approaches for long-term sustainable management, hence its implementation in other aquifers worldwide.

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