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International Hydrological Programme

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UNESCO's work in the water sector is built on three tracks:

  • hydrological science for policy relevant advice
  • education and capacity building responding to the growing needs of sustainable development
  • water resources assessment and management to achieve environmental sustainability

UNESCO's water family operates as a global network that works together to implement the organization's strategic goals. As a science and education programme at the global level, IHP covers a wide spectrum of programmes and initiatives. All IHP-related activities are endorsed, recommended and coordinated through the IHP Intergovernmental Council.


Water-related UNESCO Chairs

  1. UNESCO Chair in Water Resources 
    established in 1994 at Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan  
  1. UNESCO interdisciplinary Chair in Sustainable Water Resources Management 
    established in 1998 at the Hassania School of Public Works, Morocco   

  2. UNESCO Chair in Geohydrology 
    established in 1999 at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa   

  3. UNESCO-EOLSS Chair in Wadi Hydrology 
    established in 1999 at the University of Jordan, Jordan   

  4. UNITWIN Mediterranean Network UNESCO-UNU-City of Cannes Chairs on water resources, sustainable development and peace 
    established in 1999 at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France 

  5. UNESCO Chair in Water Resources 
    established in 2001 at Irkutsk State University, Russian Federation   

  6. UNESCO Chair/International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans on 'Sustainable Management on Water and Conflict Resolution' 
    established in 2003 at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece     

  7. UNESCO Chair in Environment and Water Resources 
    established in 2003 at Ajman University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates   

  8. UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology 
    established in 2003 at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary   

  9. UNESCO Chair in applied membrane sciences for environment 
    established in 2004 at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, Institut Européen des Membranes, Montpellier, France 

  10. UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Water Management 
    established in 2005, at Hohai University, China   

  11. UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Sustainability 
    established in 2005 at the University of San Carlos, Guatemala   

  12. UNESCO Chair on Water, Women and Development 
    established in 2006 at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Full information only available in French.   

  13. UNESCO Chair in Water, Women and Decision-making 
    established in 2006 at the Ivorian Center of Economy and Social Research (CIRES), Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire   

  14. UNESCO Chair Water, Women and Decision-making 
    established in 2006 at the University Al Akhawayn, Ifrane, Morocco   

  15. UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Groundwater Management 

    established in 2007 at the University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan and the Institute of Geo-ecology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia   

  16. UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Rivers 
    established in 2008 at the University of Washington, United States of America   

  17. UNESCO Chair in Water in the Knowledge Society 
    established in 2008 at the Instituto Mexicano de Technología del Agua, Mexico   

  18. UNESCO Chair in Water Management 
    established in 2008 at the University of Bangui, Central African Republic   

  19. UNITWIN Network on Water Resources 
    established in 2009 at Irkutsk State University, Russian Federation   

  20. UNESCO Chair in Women, Science and Reasoned Water Management in West Africa 
    established in 2009 at the University of Lomé, Togo   

  21. UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Management and Ecohydrology 
    established in 2010 at the Water Problem Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation   

  22. UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance 
    established in 2010 at the Australian National University, Australia The Global Water Forum initiative   

  23. UNESCO Chair in Hydrological Change and Water Resources Management 
    established in 2010 at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany   

  24. UNESCO Chair in Community Education for Mountain Conservation and Watershed Management 
    established in 2010 at the University of Punjab, Pakistan   

  25. UNESCO Chair in Hydroinformatics for Ecohydrology 
    established in 2011 at the Capital Normal University, China   

  26. UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Water Services 
    established in 2012 at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland   

  27. UNESCO Chair in Water for Ecologically Sustainable Development 
    established in 2012 at the University of Belgrade, Serbia   

  28. UNESCO Chair in Water and Environment Management for Sustainable Cities 
    established in 2012 at the Sharif University of Technology, Iran   

  29. UNESCO Chair on Water and Culture 
    established in 2013 at the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the Republic (UDELAR), Uruguay   

  30. UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Management and Culture 
    established in 2013 at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy   

  31. UNESCO Chair in Water and Education for Sustainable Development 
    established in 2013 at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina   

  32. UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management 
    established in 2014 at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan   

  33. UNESCO Chair on Integrated River Research and Management 
    established in 2014 at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria   

  34. UNESCO Chair on Water, Women and Governance 
    established in 2014 at the Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales (IGLOBAL), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  35. UNESCO CHair on Environmental History: Water and Indigenous Peoples  

    established in 2015 at the University of Arisona, USA


Learn more about the UNESCO Chair Water Resources Management and Culture at www.unescowaterchair.org.

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