The water-related centres under the auspices of UNESCO (category 2) work on relevant thematic and geographic priorities in their areas of expertise. Since Member States have realized the potential of these centres, the network has been rapidly expanding.
Established in 1984. IRTCES promotes international exchange of knowledge and cooperation in the studies of erosion and sedimentation problems.
20 West Chegongzhuang Rd.
PO Box 366
Tel: +86 10 68413372
Fax: +86 10 68411174
Established in 1987. IRTCUD aims to foster advanced research development in urban water management, having expanded its field of work originally concerned with the aspect of urban drainage.
University of Belgrade
Via Faculty of Civil Engineering
Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 73
PO Box 35-42
Tel: +381 11 321 85 30
Fax: +381 11 337 02 06
Established in 1999. HTC Kuala Lumpur aims to promote collaboration among countries in the region through technology and information exchange, education and science.
2 Jalan Ledang Off Jalan Duta
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Fax: +603 26972412
Established in 2002. RCTWS provides information on the science and technology of arid and semi-arid zones and promotes policies leading to integrated and sustainable water resources management.
1 Fourth Industrial Zone
PO Box 58
Sixth of October City 12566
Tel: +202 833 4677
Fax: +202 833 4106
Established in 2002. RCUWM aims to transfer applicable scientific knowledge and to increase know-how and capacities in all cases and dimensions of urban water management in order to promote sustainable development within the region.
1 Shahrsaz Alley
Kargozar St. Dastgerdi (Zafar) Ave.
Tehran 19198 39713
IR of Iran
Tel: +98 21 2291 1027-8
Established in 2003. ICQHS aims to promote research, capacity-building and knowledge transfer on qanats, an ancient technology based on underground water-collecting galleries still widely used, as well as the preservation of the cultural heritage that qanats and other historical hydraulic infrastructures represent.
Mojtame Edarat Complex
PO Box 89165 – 1553
IR of Iran 89161 88117
Tel +98 (0) 35 3825 83 93
Fax +98 (0) 35 3824 16 90
Established in 2006. The Dundee Centre seeks to develop and share knowledge and expertise in international, national and transboundary water law and policy.
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN Scotland
Tel: +44 1382 344456
Fax: +44 1382 226905
Established in 2006. ICHARM deals with water-related disasters such as floods and droughts, which are major challenges that need to be overcome in order to ensure sustainable human development and poverty alleviation.
Public Works Research Institute (PWRI)
Tel: +81 29 879 6809
Fax: +81 29 879 6709
Established in 2006. The Centre promotes integrative multidisciplinary ecohydrological research at a catchment scale for sustainable management, protection and restoration of aquatic resources. Basic research includes: hydrology, hydrobiology, environmental chemistry, landscape processes, soil ecology, phytotechnology, environmental toxicology and genetics, population studies and mathematical modelling.
International Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences
3 Tylna Str
90 364 Lodz
Tel: +48 42 681 7007
Fax: +48 42 681 3069
Established in 2006. CAZALAC is responsible for coordinating and articulating scientific and technologic actions aimed at the sustainable management of water resources in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid zones of the LAC region.
Tel: +56 51 204493
Fax: +56 51 334814
11. Regional Centre on Urban Water Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (RCUWM-LAC)
Established in 2007. The Centre aims to promote research on the different aspects of urban water management, capacity and institutional building for countries in the region through education, training, scientific and technical research, as well as international and regional cooperation and networking.
Oficina del Director de Desarrollo Sectorial
Viceministerio de Agua en Ministerio de Vivienda, Ciudad y Territorio
República de Colombia
Established in 2007. The overall objective of IGRAC is to include groundwater fully in the assessment of freshwater resources of the world in order to encourage and enhance the conjunctive and sustainable utilization of both groundwater and surface water.
Tel: +31 15 215 2325
13. Regional Centre for Shared Aquifer Resources Management (RCSARM)
Established in 2008. The Centre aims to generate and provide scientific and technical information and support exchange of information on regional shared groundwater management issues, with emphasis on Africa and the Arab States.
c/o General Water Authority
PO Box 5332
Established in 2009. ICIWaRM’s overall mission is the advancement of the science and practice of IWRM to address water security and other water-related challenges by regional and global action, through new knowledge, innovative technologies, collaborative interdisciplinary scientific research, networking, training and capacity development.
Institute for Water Resources
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
7701 Telegraph Road
Alexandria VA 22315-3868
Tel: +1 703 428 8250
Fax: +1 703 428 8171
Established in 2009. HidroEx aims to strengthen excellence in applied research in the management of water resources and on educating communities to enhance the understanding of social and economic values of water resources, with a special focus on Latin American and African countries.
Cidade Administrativa Presidente Tancredo Neves
Rodovia Prefeito Américo Rene Gianetti s/nº
Prédio Gerais, 10º andar - Serra Verde
Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais
Tel: +55 (31) 3916-7587
16. International Centre for Coastal Ecohydrology (ICCE)
Established in 2009. This centre, under the auspices of UNESCO, will integrate the worldwide network of 24 UNESCO centres in the field of water sciences, being the only one specifically dedicated to coastal areas.
Solar do Capitão Mor
EN125 Horta das Figuras
Tel: +351 289 888 140
Fax: +351 289 888 149
Established in 2009. APCE aims to contribute with scientific knowledge, capacity-building, educational and dissemination activities to support, design and implement ecohydrology strategies and policies for sustainable water resources management.
Jl. Gatot Subroto 10
Fax: +62 21 5260804
Mobile: +62 81 1 21 4304
18. Centre for the Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Caribbean Island States (CEHICA)
Established in 2010. The objective of the Centre is to generate and transfer scientific and technological knowledge related to sustainable water management in the Caribbean Island States, so as to increase the practical knowledge and improve the capacities for a more efficient use of water resources.
Avenida Enrique Jiménez Moya
Esquina Calle Juna de Dios Ventura Simó
Centro de Los Héroes
Santo Domingo. D. N.
Tel: +809 532 3271
19. Regional Centre on Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research in East Africa (RCGRE)
Established in 2011, the aim of this centre is to provide training and encourage research; generate and provide scientific and technical information and support the exchange of information, in particular with regard to local scientific, technical and managerial knowledge, in the various domains of groundwater knowledge and management.
Kenya Water Institute
Ole Shapara Avenue; Nairobi, South C
P.O Box 60013-00200, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 6007425/33/48
20. Central Asian Regional Glaciological Centre (CARGC)
Established in 2012, the objective of the centre is to foster cooperation and improve scientific understanding of present and forecasted changes in glacier, snow and water resources in the region. The centre will promote regional research, education and capacity development to assess climate change impact on glaciers and permafrost in the runoff formation zone. The results from the scientific and research activities of the centre may provide policy advice to the countries to better manage water resources in a sustainable way. The activities of the centre will contribute to achieving the strategic objectives of UNESCO’s IHP.
Institute of Geography
Kabanbai batyr st./Pushkin st. 67/99
Republic of Kazakhstan
Fax: (8-727) 291-81-02
21. Regional Centre for Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM)
Signed in 2013, the centre's aim is to act as a facilitator and synergistic structure to articulate the different scientific and institutional stakeholders at local, national, regional, and international levels regarding of implementation of IRBM, particularly in the West African Region. The centre focusses on research in the area of hydro-informatics, IWRM, and socio-economic research and to provide IRBM training, tertiary education for water professionals. Functions include Coordination and implementation of cooperative research projects networking on information and knowledge exchange in West Africa Organize training courses, seminars, workshops, and meetings Produce publications and dissemination of publications.
National Water Resources Institute
Tel: +234 705 767 8272 or +234 808 506 1158
Established in 2013, the centre acts as a regional centre in Southeast Europe focusing on cooperation in the areas of applied research, water administration, development and promotion of adaptation strategies, capacity development, and research for application, education, and training in the area of climate change impact on water resources management and the adaptation to such impacts.
Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources
Jaroslava Černog 80
Tel : +(381 11) 390 64 50, 390 64 55, 390 73 99, 390 73 88
Fax: +(381 11) 390 64 81
Established in 2014, The centre will address water cooperation in its broadest sense with a primary focus on water for peace and regional development. It will perform research, publish results, and build capacity through dedicated training programmes. Its objectives are to further develop the understanding of how transboundary waters may act as a catalyst for cooperation in an increasingly complex (e.g. due to global changes) and interdependent world and to translate this understanding into concrete policy proposals and options. The centre would be based at SIWI and would build on its internationally-oriented programmes and activities aimed at seeking sustainable solutions to the world’s escalating water crisis.
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Linnégatan 87A Box 101 87100 55
Tel: +46 8 12136082
24. Regional Centre on Capacity Development and Research in Water Harvesting (RCWH)
Established in 2014, the aim of this centre is to provide training and research opportunities; generate and provide scientific and technical information and support the exchange of information, in particular with regard to local scientific, technical and managerial knowledge, in the various domains of water harvesting;
National Training of the Public Water Corporation
Signed in 2014, the centre will provide facilities and opportunities for advanced research on aquifer systems and groundwater resources management for scientists from Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries. The purpose of the Centre is two-fold: to strengthen national capacity in support of the sustainable management of aquifers in the country, and to address the needs and requirements jointly identified with other countries of the region by working in mutual cooperation. The objectives and programmes of the proposed Centre would contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme
Dirección Nacional de Medio Ambiente Ministerio de Vivienda,
Ordenamiento Territorial y Medio Ambiente
Galicia 1133, 3 Piso
Montevideo 11100 Uruguay
Tel: 598 (2) 917 07 10 Ext. 4553
Secretariat German IHP/HWRP National Committee
Federal Institute of Hydrology
P.O. Box 200253
56002 Koblenz, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)261 1306 5313
Mobile +49 (0)172 2522 616
Telefax +49 (0)261 1306 5422
27. Regional Centre on Water Security (Centro Regional de Seguridad Hídrica)
The Centre is proposed to enhance scientific cooperation at regional level and to improve the understanding on water research, with focus on water security as a framework to cross the common divides of water services and resources. The 39th General Conference of UNESCO accepted the proposal to establish the Regional Centre on Water Security under the auspices of UNESCO in Novemebr 2017.
Institute of Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in collaboration with the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA)
Dr. Fernando J. González Villarreal
28. Institute for Water Education
IHE, a leading institute in the field of postgraduate water education, was a UNESCO Category 1 Institute from 2001 to 2016. In order to facilitate continuous funding beyond 2016 by the Dutch Government and allow the Institute’s activities to grow and develop for the benefit of UNESCO Member States, the Organization's 39th General Conference (November 2017) accepted the proposal to turn it into a Category 2 ‘Institute for Water Education’ under the auspices of UNESCO.
PO Box 3015
2601 DA Delft
Tel: +31 (0)152151715
Fax: +31 (0)152122921
Proposed Centres under the Auspices of UNESCO as of 2016
1. International Centre on Water and Transdisciplinarity (CIRAT)
Created in Brazil in 2009, the proposal to establish CIRAT under the auspices of UNESCO was received in 2016. CIRAT conducts research and activities on the role of transdisciplinarity to ensure the sustainability of water resources, including the social, economic and cultural dimensions of analyzing water challenges as a fundamental way to ensuring the future of cities and the better understanding of rural settlements.
Federative Republic of Brazil