UNESCO-IHE

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Name UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Logo Image:UNESCOIhelogo.gif
Geographic Scope Global
Subject Focus Expertise Education and training in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure, in developing countries and countries in transition.
Contact E-mail: info@unesco-ihe.org
URL http://www.unesco-ihe.org
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Mission/Mandate

UNESCO-IHE is instrumental to the strengthening of efforts by other universities and research centres in increasing knowledge and skills of professionals working in the water sector. Established in 2003, the institute carries out research, education and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure. The Institute is the largest water education facility in the world, and the only institution in the UN system authorised to confer accredited MSc degrees.

UNESCO-IHE envisages a world in which people manage their water and environmental resources in a sustainable manner, and in which all sectors of society, particularly the poor, can enjoy the benefits of basic services.

The mandate given by UNESCO to IHE is to:

  • strengthen and mobilise the global educational and knowledge base for integrated water resources management; and contribute to meeting the water-related capacity building needs of developing countries and countries in transition.

Within this mandate, the mission of the Institute is to:

  • contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organisations, knowledge centres and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.

The functions of the Institute include:

  • Serving as an international standard-setting body for postgraduate water education programmes and continuing professional training;
  • Building human and institutional capacities through education, training and research;
  • Setting up and managing networks of educational and water sector institutions and organisations worldwide;
  • Functioning as a ‘policy forum’ for UNESCO member states and other stakeholders; and
  • Providing advice on water education to partner organisations and other members of the UN water family.

Key Resources


Publications

See UNESCO IHP Recent Publications

Work on the Ground

Selected Projects

Technology Enabled Universal Access to Safe Water (TECHNEAU) (2006-2010) - The Integrated Project TECHNEAU revisits current water supply options and provides new and improved technologies for the whole water supply chain.
EXACT: Small-scale Water Treatment Facilities for Domestic Use and Artificial Recharge with Surface Water (2002-2010) - This project develops methods for water treatment and artificial recharge of surface water in the Middle East; one of the driest areas of the world.
SWITCH: Sustainable Water Management Improves Tomorrow’s Cities’ Health (2006-2010) - SWITCH is an EU-funded research programme aimed at achieving more sustainable integrated urban water management in the 'City of the Future', 30-50 years from now. It involves a Consortium of 33 partner organizations working in 15 European and developing cities worldwide, who are working together to share knowledge and research.
Water Resources and Irrigation Management Capacity Building Network Project (2006-2009) - The overall objective of this project is to increase the capacity of leading Indonesian Universities in delivering capacity building services to strengthen water sector professionals to perform in a reformed water resources and irrigation management sector.
Training and Development for the Integrated Management of the Water Resources in the West of Guatemala (2006-2009) - This project streamlines the work of the large number of parties involved in water management in Guatemala. It is an example of how the principles of sustainable development can be integrated into country policies and programs, thus maximizing resources.

Click Here for all of UNESCO-IHE's project activities.


Project Contacts

Office of the Director,

UNESCO-IHE
Office of the Director
P.O. Box 3015
2601 DA Delft
The Netherlands

Erwin L. Ploeger, MSc, Head of the Office of the Director Email: e.ploeger@unesco-ihe.org Tel: +31 (0)15 2151 758

Project officers: Gaetano Casale Mishka Stuip Jeltsje Kemerink Vanessa Guedes de Oliveira

References

See also

External Resources

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