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EGU 2017

ICWRGC will present research findings on irrigation in the Mediterranean region under climate change, water grabbing in Africa, and global biophysical redundancy.


Participation in the Budapest Water Summit 2016

our experts were actively involved in two sessions of the Science and Technology Forum, and in side events about water quality and SDG monitoring.


International Symposium on Water Diplomacy

participants discussed multi-track diplomacy, environmental peacebuilding and grassroots diplomacy as well as the role of women in promoting and sustaining cooperation around shared water resources.

About us

The International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (ICWRGC)

The International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change, founded by the German Federal Government under the auspices of UNESCO in Koblenz, has commenced work in July 2014. Specialised UNESCO Water Centres pool competencies in single countries or regions, acting as international reference platforms for the exchange of knowledge and methods. The Centre is located at the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG).

The ICWRGC supports the implementation of the “International Hydrological Programme” (IHP) of UNESCO and the “Hydrology and Water Resources Programme” (HWRP) of WMO. When establishing the ICWRGC, the management of the IHP/HWRP Secretariat has been incorporated into the ICWRGC. The Centre pursues the Secretariat’s tasks within the scope of these programmes.

The ICWRGC works in close cooperation with partners from the scientific community, operational hydrological services, data centres and water-related UN-organisations. It supplies these partners with customised products for information, as a basis for scientific investigations, to improve operational skills, for policy advice and capacity development in the water sector.

Major objectives of the Centre

Major objectives of the ICWRGC include:

  • estimating the impacts of global change and designing adaptive strategies,
  • providing a global hydrological data information system,
  • monitoring and analysing of water quality and world water balance,
  • supporting the international development agenda (SDGs, Agenda 2030) by providing indicators and information on water-relevant objectives,
  • promoting international cooperation by organising and implementing interinstitutional and multinational R&D activities,
  • supporting national operational hydrological services in the field of water issues,
  • managing the IHP/HWRP Secretariat and providing expert advice in performing its tasks for UNESCO and WMO,
  • involvement in international water-networks,
  • capacity development.
The illustration shows the six key issues of phase VIII of IHP: Water Security – Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges (2014–2021).

The illustration shows the six key issues of phase VIII of IHP: Water Security – Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges (2014–2021).

The technical focus of ICWRGC follows the topics of the current IHP Phase VIII entitled: Water Security – Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges (2014-2021). The following illustration shows the six key issues of phase VIII of IHP.


Mediterranean Region

Synthesis research on the Mediterranean Region in the “Water-Food-Energy” nexus

Our Centre is involved in the management of one of the three working groups of the MedECC initiative. MedECC is to produce an IPCC-like report for the Mediterranean region. However, this report is to deal not only with climate change impacts but also with certain aspects of environmental degradation. About 190 scientists participate in this initiative. Approximately 60 of them are members of our working group on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus. MedECC is supported by the government of Monaco, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and several French institutions.


SDG indicators

Core Group at the Sustainable Water Future Programme titled „The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): From modelling SDG indicators to synergies and trade-offs in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”

The 17 SDGs include 169 targets whose rate of achievement is to be monitored by indicators. Monitoring the target achievement poses a major challenge due to a lack of data, insufficient definitions and unforeseen trade-offs between sectors. The group aims at exploring how global hydrology, vegetation, land surface, land use and agent-based models can help monitor and project progress towards targets defined by the SDGs. Additionally, we will describe how uncertainty is perceived by stakeholders and policy makers, how trust in models influences implementation and how researchers can best communicate and disseminate their methodologies, results and broader impacts to policy-relevant stakeholders.

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Agenda and Outputs

  • 2 workshops
  • positioning paper
  • research project proposal
  • recommendations for action

Overview of the group

The group members cover a broad spectrum of competences (from hydrologic modelling to climate sciences, economics, governance, decision science, psychology). They share an active involvement in sustainability science, transdisciplinary contributions to novel approaches and high-level publications in the field. The past and ongoing activities of the members include vegetation and hydrology modelling, perception of uncertainty, integrated assessment, and participatory institutional analysis of the WEF nexus at different scales ranging from local to global. The team is composed of distinguished senior researchers, but also young researchers who are active in publication. Although many members of our group have collaborated on previous work, our group has been established ad hoc for the specific purposes of this Core Group for the Sustainable Water Future Programme. The transdisciplinary character of the group is well grounded in disciplinary competences that were selected with the specific aim of supporting the transformation to water sustainability at the interface between science and policy making.

Core Group Sustainable Water Future Programme

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