WWAP Premises

WWAP Headquarters - Villa la Colombella, Perugia, Italy - © UNESCO - M. Ravassard

WWAP Secretariat, initially hosted at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, transferred its offices to the Umbria Region of Italy, which has generously assigned UNESCO the use of the Villa la Colombella in the commune of Perugia.

WWAP is pleased to present its facilities in Perugia and to share with the extended international water community the use and richness of the premises, both in terms of its history and the region’s natural surroundings.

Situated east of Tuscany, the Umbria Region is known as “Il Cuore verde d’Italia”, the Green Heart of Italy. Indeed, Umbria is a region of green hills and colorful landscapes of olive trees and grapes, whose appearance changes according to the sunlight.

Perugia, the capital of Umbria, is an Etruscan city founded in the sixth century B.C. and is rich with history. A renowned tourist destination, Perugia is also the seat of two universities, the Università degli Studi di Perugia (University of Perugia) and the Università per Stranieri (University for Foreigners). Located in the centre of Italy, 176km north of Rome and 160km southeast of Florence, Perugia has a population of 160,000.

Colombella is part of the commune of Perugia. During the 17th century, Colombella’s castle was modified to become a residence and its name changed to Villa La Colombella. 

WWAP has based its headquarters at the Villa, where it will also host capacity-building activities and other events organized by partner organizations.

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