Greece

UNESCO Chair/International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans on "Sustainable Management of Water and Conflict Resolution" (618), established in 2003 at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Fields/Disciplines

Sustainable water management.

Objectives

The principal objectives of the Cooperation Programme are:

  • To promote an integrated system of research, training, demonstration, information and documentation activities in the field of meteorology, water management, chemistry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, economy, education, international law and sociology”.
  • To provide, advise and expertise to assist all countries particularly the least developed, in order:
  • To establish truly intersectoral pilot projects.
  • To facilitate links between local, regional and global levels, and harmonizing top-down and bottom-up approaches whilst taking into account social issues.
  • To promote training and professional development in the Balkans region by providing distance learning.
  • To develop an inventory of existing transboundary monitoring systems.
  • To create and maintain a database on water and the environment by use of official, validated national data complementary to the EUROWATERNET, related to transboundary water bodies (rivers, lakes and coastal waters).
  • To develop methods for evaluating and applying science and technology.
  • To facilitate the international recognition  of qualifications.
  • To develop guidelines and protocols for the prevention of potential conflicts and the resolution of existing conflicts over water resources and values.

Host Institution

Membership

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • Hydrometeorological Institute (Tirana, Albania)
  • University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius (Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR of Macedonia)
  • Hydro-Engineering Institute (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • University of Split (Split, Croatia);
  • University of Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro)
  • National Water Administration “Apele Romane” (Bucharest, Romania) 

Documents

Progress Report 2009 (short version)

Progress Report 2006 (short version)

Progress Report 2003-2004 (short version)

UNESCO Sector/Field Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences.

Contact

Prof. Jacques Ganoulis, Hydraulics Laboratory, Civil Engineering Department,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair/ International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans on “Sustainable Management of Water and Conflict Resolution”
E-Mail address - iganouli(at)civil.auth.gr
Work Phone - +30-2310-99.56.82
Fax - +30-2310-99.56.81
City - Thessaloniki
Postal Code - 54124
Country - Greece