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Tragsa Group, with the assistance of the invited co-organizers Spanish Geological Survey (IGME), the Spanish chapter of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and the IAH Spanish Chapter will host the International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR10) in Madrid in May 2019.

Basic Information


Time: May 20-24, 2019

Location: Madrid South, La Nave

Organizer: Tragsa Group

Co-organizers: Spanish Geological Survey, IWRA SG, IAH, UNESCO, ASCE

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IAH MAR Commission




The Tenth ISMAR edition will take place in Madrid, 20-24 May 2019, giving continuity to a series of conferences with Managed Aquifer Recharge as a first row water management technique.

The Conference in being organized by Tragsa Group, with the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME) and the Spanish Chapter of the International Water Resources Association as invited co-organizers. These institutions have carried out most of the MAR facilities in operation in Spain, and have supported R&D projects on MAR, helping in the dissemination of this technique for decades.

ISMAR´s main objectives

  • Disseminate new knowledge on MAR
  • Provide a forum for discussion on key issues for MAR
  • Make international connections for all people involved in MAR
  • Motivate students and young researchers
  • Enhance the impact of previous ISMARs
  • Facilitate appropriate investment in MAR in Spain, Europe and globally

“The Conference is a contribution to the Eighth Phase of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP-VIII, 2014-2021)”

MAR to solve the global water crisis

“MAR is part of the palette of solutions to water shortage, water security, water quality decline, falling water tables and endangered groundwater dependent ecosystems.  Often it is the most economic, most benign, most resilient and most socially acceptable solution, but has not been considered out of lack of awareness, inadequate knowledge of aquifers, immature perception of risk and inadequate policies for integrated water management, including linking MAR with demand management.  MAR can achieve much towards solving the myriad of local water problems that collectively have been termed “the global water crisis”, if it is included among the options evaluated locally.  ISMAR10 strives to make transparent the effectiveness, benefits, constraints, limitations and applicability of MAR, together with its supporting scientific advances, to a wide variety of situations that have global relevance.  No groundwater manager or consultant is complete without a comprehensive knowledge of MAR, and the fastest way to get up to date with international knowledge and connections is to attend ISMAR10. This premium international symposium dedicated to MAR comes along only once in three years. Spain has been a hotbed of innovation and application in this field, with the fastest national rate of growth in MAR, so Madrid is the perfect destination for water problem solvers from around the world. You are warmly invited and will be truly welcome and vocationally recharged at ISMAR10.”

Peter Dillon, Weiping Wang and Enrique Fernández Escalante (Co-chairs of IAH Commission on Managing Aquifer Recharge)


Tragsa Group, with the assistance of the invited co-organizers Spanish Geological Survey (IGME), the Spanish chapter of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and the IAH Spanish Chapter propose to hold the International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR10) in Madrid in 2019 spring.

Reasons to host ISMAR10 in Europe

  1. Time for ISMAR to get back to Europe
  2. Increasing awareness in European decision makers
  3. Initiative to get the crisis over in the EU
  4. Enhance the participation from MENA region and Southamerican countries in MAR actions
  5. Grouping and support Pan-European projects related to MAR
  6. Involve European supporting Action Groups & Water Technological Platforms related to MAR
  7. Increase the H-2020 interest on water management

Reasons to attend ISMAR10 in Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is also the biggest travel site, with natural beauty and spectacular historical sight. It is an attractive blend of tradition and modernity.

Madrid has many artistic attractions, thanks to the different styles that have left their imprint in the city over the centuries.

From the remains of the old Arab wall, to small Gothic churches and early Renaissance works, Madrid boasts a multitude of rich and varied works of art.

Madrid comes from the Arabic word Magerit (“mother of waters”), which was the name that was given to the fortress, built on the banks of the Manzanares River by the Umayyad of Cordoba, Muhammed (823-886).

  1. Spain is a pioneer country on MAR in Europe
  2. Sharing the Spanish expertise on MAR
  3. DINA-MAR’s dissemination activities since 2008
  4. Examples of MAR activities in Spain as a hot-spot technique against Climate Change
  5. Experience Spanish culture and amazing hospitality
  6. Excellent food and good weather

DINA-MAR´s MAR facilities inventory and presence of typologies in Spain.


It is remarkable the high presence of MAR tipologies/devices in Spain.

The full inventory for the more than 30 facilities and experiences can be find HERE

There are at least 20 well documented examples distributed in the different regions, out of the 25 different MAR facilities inventoried by DINA-MAR (In DINA-MAR, 2010).

According to DINA-MAR calculations for results relating to “MAR zones” by hydrographic major basins, approximately a 16% (67,000 km2) of the Spanish territory is suitable for MAR activities

With this potential, one of the main objectives to host an ISMAR in Spain is to get Spanish water managers to realize of the importance of deploying new facilities, experiences and structures.


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