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International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

IHP is UNESCO’s interdisciplinary programme on freshwater. Since 1975, IHP is the only intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to scientific, educational and capacity building aspects of hydrology, i.e. the science of freshwater. IHP profits from the committed work of national committees in more than 160 countries. The 8th "phase" (2014-2021) of IHP is entitled “Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges”. It focuses on water research, water resources management as well as education and capacity building regarding

  • water-related disasters and hydrological change,
  • groundwater in a changing environment,
  • addressing water scarcity and water quality,
  • water and human settlements of the future,
  • ecohydrology engineering: harmony for a sustainable world,
  • education, key to water security.

The German contribution

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Germany has set up an interdisciplinary national committee, contributing both to UNESCO’s IHP and to the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The IHP/HWRP National Committee acts as a national forum for the hydrological sciences in Germany, interlinking the freshwater programmes of the UN with national research projects and operational hydrological services. The IHP/HWRP National Committee is a forum for exchanging information and creating synergies at the interface between the national and international scales. The work of the IHP/HWRP National Committee is supported by a permanent Secretariat located at the Federal Institute of Hydrology in Koblenz.

Activities focus on:

  • transboundary cooperation within the International Commission on the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin (CHR),
  • transboundary cooperation of the 19 Danube countries within the framework of UNESCO’s IHP, in research projects and conferences,
  • studies of the spatial and temporal variability of hydrological regimes within the FRIEND network(“Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data”) and contributing with the European Research Basin (ERB) network to the HELP Programme (Hydrology for Environment, Life and Policy),
  • maintaining the global water quality database GEMStat and producing data products based on it for research and policy advice,
  • research, guidelines and negotiations on the topic “water diplomacy”,
  • climate change impacts on freshwater resources and global impacts of anthropogenic water consumption,
  • SDGs monitoring and projections with hydrology and land use models.

Participation of DUK

The German IHP/HWRP National Committee has been existing since the foundation of the IHP in 1975. DUK is a founding member of the IHP/HWRP National Committee and cooperates with it on several topics.

International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (ICWRGC)
IHP/HWRP-Secretariat
Federal Institute of Hydrology
P.O. Box 200253
56002 Koblenz, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)261 1306 5435
www.waterandchange.org

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