Solutions to our water problems: Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme

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Uniting the world’s leading water scientists, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) is all about finding solutions to the world’s water issues.

The Programme supports research in preventing and managing disasters, finding environmentally sound solutions to water scarcity and how to educate around water.

Established in 1975, the IHP’s work is geared up to help deliver the UN Sustainable Development goals. It is co-custodian (with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) of target 6.5.2 on transboundary water cooperation and has created a fund to meet Member States’ requests for research and actions that support their implementation of SDG 6 related targets.

The UK’s input to the IHP is co-ordinated by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford, England and top UK water scientists are part of the intergovernmental council which oversees the IHP’s work. Established in 2006, the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee is one of 30 UNESCO centres around the world which contribute to the IHP’s research and activities.

The IHP is pursuing a range of initiatives to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing water problems including drought, water resources in arid areas, flooding, urban water management, creating peace through shared water resources and developing a hydrogeological world map.


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