The Regional Center for Capacity Development and Research on Water Harvesting (RCWH) was established in 2013 through the agreement between the government of Sudan and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO for Water Harvesting in East Africa and Arab States („having considered resolution XIX-6, adopted by the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme IHP at its 19th session in July 2010, which seeks to favor, through the -center, regional cooperation on water harvesting“. .
Its core mandate as defined in the agreement is to act as the principal regional center on water harvesting in the countries of East Africa and Arab States, as a platform for research, capacity development, and knowledge transfer on water harvesting in the region in order to:
· Promote and support the development of the water harvesting sector
· Contribute to better quality of life
· Facilitate/ ensure natural resources conservation and utilization; and
· Alleviate poverty
The RCWH’s main functions, as stated in the agreement, are to:
· conduct specialized training programmes and other capacity development activities as well as raising awareness and knowledge on water harvesting through training sessions that target stakeholders at both the national and regional levels;
· promote scientific research and undertake effective capacity development activities at the institutional and professional levels;
· create and reinforce networks among institutions and individuals for the exchange of scientific, technical and policy information;
· Develop and coordinate cooperative research activities, taking particular advantage of the scientific and professional capacity of the IHP networks and the relevant programmes of non-governmental organizations, international institutions and networks;
· Organize knowledge and information transfer activities, including nationaRegional and international symposia or workshops, and engage in appropriate awareness-raising activities targeting various audiences, including the public;
· Develop a strong programme of information and communication technology, as well as a database on water harvesting;
· produce technical publications and other media items related to the activities of the Centre, with the opportunity of producing joint publications with UNESCO, observing the quality assurance of their publications; and,
· provide technical consulting services on water harvesting.
The RCWH pursue the above objectives and perform the abovementioned functions in close coordination with UNESCO-IHP