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The Challenge of Making Groundwater Visible: A Review of Communication Approaches and Tools in France

Abstract : Groundwater specialists strive to make groundwater issues visible. They face a dual challenge: first to develop knowledge on groundwater and secondly to share this knowledge with other stakeholders who should be included in knowledge development , groundwater management and protection policy. Questioning communication is all the more interesting as groundwater is a quasi-invisible resource. How groundwater and issues can be made more visible? In the field of sociology, with a pragmatist stance, our chapter questions how instruments frame interactions and represent groundwater. Indeed, the groundwater is made visible by tables, indicators , maps, photographs, videos, games, stories in newspaper and spokespersons such as hydrogeologists. Within a project funded by AFB (The French Agency for Biodiversity), we reported on a number of communication approaches and activities implemented in 11 case studies in France. The inventory is based on web mining, grey literature review and interviews. The chapter develops a transversal analysis of the use of the instruments, and identifies assets and limits across the cases according to the following categories: public targeted; content, issues brought to the fore and normative stance adopted; type/format. Finally, concrete recommendations are made.
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Audrey Richard-Ferroudji, Gaia Lassaube. The Challenge of Making Groundwater Visible: A Review of Communication Approaches and Tools in France. Sustainable Groundwater Management A Comparative Analysis of French and Australian Policies and Implications to Other Countries, pp.191-209, 2020, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-32766-8_10⟩. ⟨hal-02533622⟩



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