In March 2019, educational science activities were held in different Spanish regions in order to highlight the importance of groundwater resources, known as “Hidrogeodia”. This initiative is an excellent dissemination tool that promotes the knowledge and the importance of groundwater, the history-cultural sites and the heritage elements of great hydrogeological interest associated with them.
The Hidrogeodia has been an initiative of the Spanish Group of the International Association of Hydrogeologist (IAH-GE) in collaboration with many different scientific organizations, universities and Spanish public research organizations. The activity consists of a free hydrogeological field trips in each region, open to the general public and guided by hydrogeologists. The Hidrogeodia is celebrated on behalf of World Water Day (22 March), on weekends before or after this date.
This year 2019, the third Hidrogeodia edition has been very successful with nearly 1400 people attendees (organizers, volunteers and assistants included) in all the activities. In addition, to the 8 pioneering regions of the Hidrogeodia 2017 (A Coruña, Alicante, Almería, Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Málaga and Murcia), another 11 Spanish provinces joined this initiative in 2019 (Albacete, Asturias, Burgos, Cáceres, Ciudad Real, Huelva, Jaén, Segovia, Sevilla, Tenerife, Valencia and Zaragoza), and Andorra. Thus, the great interest shown by the participants and the involvement of the different collaborating entities has been demonstrated. The diffusion of the event by the IAH-GE through the different media (Web, Instagram, Facebook, collaborating entities websites, etc.) has significantly contributed to the great success of the Hidrogeodia 2019.
From this moment, the IAH-GE is starting to work on the Hidrogeodía 2020, trying to involve more institutions and with the aim that this experience of dissemination of the hydrogeology can be extended soon throughout the national territory, as well as to other neighboring countries.