Water-related Centers under the auspices of UNESCO

The water-related centers under the auspices of UNESCO (category 2) work on relevant thematic and geographic priorities in their areas of expertise. Since Member States have realized the potential of these centers, the network has been rapidly expanding.


  1. International Research and Training Centre on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES)

  1. International Research and Training Centre on Urban Drainage (IRTCUD)


  1. Regional Humid Tropics Hydrology and Water Resources Centre for South-East Asia and the Pacific  (HTC Kuala Lumpur)

  1. Regional Centre for Training and Water Studies of Arid and Semi-Arid Zones (RCTWS)


  1. Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM)



  1. International Centre on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures (ICQHHS)


  1. Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee (Dundee Centre)



  1. International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM)


  1. European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology (ERCE)

  1. Water Centre for Arid and Semi-Arid Zones of Latin America and the Caribbean (CAZALAC)


  1. Regional Centre on Urban Water Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (RCUWM-LAC)


  1. International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC)


  1. Regional Centre for Shared Aquifer Resources Management (RCSARM)


  1. International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM)


  1. International Centre for Education, Capacity Building and Applied Research in Water  (HidroEx)

  1. International Centre for Coastal Ecohydrology (ICCE)


  1. Asia-Pacific Centre for Ecohydrology (APCE)



  1. Centre for the Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Caribbean Island States (CEHICA)

  1. Regional Centre on Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research in East Africa (RCGRE)

  1. Central Asian Regional Glaciological Centre (CARGC)

  1. Regional Centre for Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM)

  1. Centre for Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change  (WSDAC)

  1. International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC)



  1. Regional centre for groundwater management for Latin America and the Caribbean(GW-LAC)

  1. International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change(ICWRGC)


Proposed Centres under the Auspices of UNESCO as of 2016

1. International Centre on Water and Transdisciplinarity (CIRAT)
Created in Brazil in 2009, the proposal to establish CIRAT under the auspices of UNESCO was received in 2016. CIRAT conducts research and activities on the role of transdisciplinarity to ensure the sustainability of water resources, including the social, economic and cultural dimensions of analyzing water challenges as a fundamental way to ensuring the future of cities and the better understanding of rural settlements.
Federative Republic of Brazil
E-mail: [email protected] (link sends e-mail)

2. Regional Centre on Water Security (Centro Regional de Seguridad Hídrica)
UNESCO received the proposal to establish the Regional Centre on Water Security under the auspices of UNESCO in 2016. The Centre is proposed to enhance scientific cooperation at regional level and to improve the understanding on water research, with focus on water security as a framework to cross the common divides of water services and resources.
Institute of Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in collaboration with the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA)
Dr. Fernando J. González Villarreal
E-mail: [email protected] (link sends e-mail)

  1. Institute for Water Education

IHE, a leading institute in the field of postgraduate water education, was a             UNESCO Category 1 Institute from 2001 to 2016. In order to facilitate continuous funding beyond 2016 by the Dutch Government and allow the Institute’s activities to grow and develop for the benefit of UNESCO Member States, a proposal was made to turn it into a Category 2 ‘Institute for Water Education’ under the auspices of UNESCO.
PO Box 3015
2601 DA Delft
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)152151715
Fax: +31 (0)152122921

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The water community (networks)


  1. National IWRM network

It’s under the establishment of UNESCO chair for water resources.


Regional (African and Arab countries)

  1. African civil society network on water and sanitation

  1. The Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities (AWASLA) Network

  1. NEPAD Networks of Water Centres of Excellence

  1. Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net)


  1. Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers of Excellence


  1. The Arab Water Council

  1. Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET)






  1. Freshwater Action Network– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation



  1. International network of basin organizations


  1. The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)



  1. Safe water network



  1. International Water Association


  1. Global Water Partnership (GWP)



  1. Blue Planet Network


  1. Global Water Challenge (GWC)


  1. Oxford Water Network


  1. Global Water Leaders


Networks related to water harvesting


  • National Water Harvesters Network


  • RAIN



  • The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance