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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 “Intergovernmental 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.

National Committee

The German National Committee (NC) for the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP) of WMO was founded in 1974. Representatives from Ministries, federal and Länder specialist administrations as well as experts from the fields of research and education are members of the National Committee. The National Committee that convenes once a year in Berlin, is chaired by the Federal Foreign Office. The working programme of the IHP/HWRP Secretariat responsible for implementing the NC’s resolutions is assisted by a Scientific Advisory Board. This Secretariat is incorporated into the ICWRGC. The Secretariat’s work is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and the Federal Foreign Office.

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Governing Board

Governance of the Centre and the IHP/HWRP Secretariat

The Centre is guided and supervised by a Governing Board, composed of a representative of the Government as the President of the Board; representatives of the German National Committee for the IHP; representatives of the funding organisations; a representative of the Director-General of UNESCO; five representatives of UNESCO Water Centres.

News

News
19. February 2021

2nd Announcement for the 29th Conference of the Regional Cooperation Hydrology of the Danube Countries (IHP Danube) – Call for Papers

2nd Announcement for the 29th Conference of the Regional Cooperation Hydrology of the Danube Countries (IHP Danube) - Call for Papers The Regional Cooperation Hydrology of the Danube countries is…
Master thesisNews
15. February 2021

New master thesis: “Analysis of the global variation in river discharge-sediment transport relationship”

New master thesis: “Analysis of the global variation in river discharge-sediment transport relationship” Ram Mani Dahal from Leibniz University Hannover has written his MSc. Thesis in collaboration with ICWRGC on…
Research Projects
11. February 2021

REMODEL

REMODEL ReproduciblE MODELing in the Geosciences Software development has become an integral part of the geosciences as models and data processing get more sophisticated. Paradoxically, it poses a threat to…
News
11. February 2021

Water Supply Strategies

Strategien zur Wasserversorgung For the international arena, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has published the “Water Strategy – Key to the Implementation of Agenda 2030 and…
News
21. January 2021

Expert network MedECC is awarded North-South Prize by Council of Europe

Expert network MedECC is awarded den North-South Prize by Council of Europe Dr. Marianela Fader from ICWRGC is coordinator of the Water Group and member of the network’s  Steering Committee…