The environment, biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources have been the topics discussed in the 13th edition of the National Congress of the Environment
In order to improve the knowledge of the environment, biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources, the 13th edition of CONAMA, the National Congress of the Environment was held in the Municipal Palace of Congresses of Madrid between 28 November and 1 December.
This Congress, through technical communications, workshops and bilateral meetings, has put in contact professionals from the sector to drive the change towards a low carbon, circular and green economy.
This edition has addressed sustainability through the following keys:
- Energy, efficiency and climate change.
- Urban renewal.
- Rural development.
- Environmental quality and health.
- Economy and society.
David Mostaza, researcher at IMDEA Agua, has contributed to the congress through a technical communication entitled "Analysis of the effect of water extraction for irrigation from an alluvial aquifer" which study the Groundwater Mass (MAS ) (030.007) "Aluviales: Jarama-Tajuña" and Experimental Farm "La Isla" (IMIDRA, Arganda del Rey-Madrid). In this work, there have been analysed the evolution of the piezometry of the MAS and the variation of the levels of the Jarama River and the Campillo Lagoon (Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid), also there have been measured the climatic variables and the variation of the quality through the Chemical analysis of groundwater and surface water samples. In addition, seasonal sampling of invertebrate fauna in groundwater has been carried out. The obtained results reveal that the flow direction between the MAS and the surface varies according to the time of year and that the pumping for the extraction of irrigation water, whether they occur in a punctual or continuous way, generate a remarkable impact on the MAS and in the associated invertebrate ecosystems.
Furthermore, Dr. Junkal Landaburu and Dr. Serena Molina have participated in the organization of the event as Technical Collaborators in the activities "Water in the circular economy" and "Towards zero spill" respectively. Both researchers are part of the Membrane technology Group of IMDEA Water and are currently working in the INREMEM Project.