UNESCO’S Category 2 Water Centres

UNESCO’S Category 2 Water-related Centres are entities which are not legally part of UNESCO, but which are associated with it through formal arrangements approved by the General Conference.

The overall mission of UNESCO’s water-related centres is to address water security and water-related challenges by regional and global action, through new knowledge, innovative technologies, collaborative interdisciplinary scientific research, networking, training and capacity development, within the framework of the IHP.

They are to contribute to the execution of UNESCO’s programme through capacity-building, through exchange of information in a particular discipline, theoretical and experimental research and advanced training, etc. They also contribute to technical cooperation among developing countries. In general, UNESCO is represented on their governing bodies and provides technical and, in certain cases, financial assistance on an ad hoc basis.

UNESCO Office Jakarta has been facilitating the establishment and coordination among the centres by supporting participation of the Director of Humid Tropic Centre, Malaysia and one scientist from Indonesia to the Director's Meeting of UNESCO's Water Related Centres and Scientific Symposium "Water for a Changing World: Enhancing Local Knowledge and Capacity". Delft, the Netherlands, 11-15 June 2007. Furthermore, we successfully organized UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Category II Water-related Centres Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 – 27 September 2007. Representatives from the 5 established water centres and 2 establishing centres agreed on actions to be carried out in order to develop a mechanism for cooperation between centers and UNESCO ASPAC Field Offices. Please click here to download The Report of the UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Category II Water–Related Centres, Bangkok, Thailand, 26-27 September 2007.

Currently there are seven UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Category II Water-related Centres and more are being proposed. They serve a specific purpose within the fields of competence of UNESCO and are principally programme-driven, respond to both global and field-based needs are part of an operational network, have a degree of functional autonomy.

More information on the centres is available below!

  • Asia Pacific Centre for Ecohydrology, Indonesia (APCE)
    APCE is a regional center for Ecohydrology which will research on the water cycle links with ecosystem function and carrying capacity, pollution abatement mechanisms aimed at securing sustainable water supplies for the region. Knowledge gained in these studies will be shared with water managers in the region for setting up better management plans, build functional development strategies and to maintain ecosystem services for a sustainable hydrological cycle.

  • International Research and Training Centre on Erosion and Sedimentation, China (IRTCES)
    The IRTCES promotes an international exchange of knowledge and cooperation in the study of erosion and sedimentation problems.

  • Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, Tehran (RCUWM)
    RCUWM is a regional scientific organization on urban water management, which takes into account the climatic and other specifications of the Arab States region. It aims to promote international scientific and technical cooperation in the region.

  • International Centre for Water Security and Sustainable Management (i-WSSM)
  • This centre based at the K-water Institute, Republic of Korea, was unanimously endorsed in the 20th Session of the Intergovernmental Council of the IHP in 2012. The centre works to build an integrated and problem-solving research system to realize sustainable water management (especially challenges faced by developing countries), operate case-/field-oriented education & training programs based on the needs of participating countries and develop a globally networked hub for sharing water information, thereby enhancing global scientific and technological challenges.

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