Water Management Projects

This page provides a brief overview of ongoing and recent projects that WM staff are involved in.

  • Post-graduate program on climate change adaptation (PRoACC) phase 2. Theme 4: transboundary cooperation for sustainable water management and climate change adaptation. This research theme attempts to develop an understanding of the transboundary water resource development issues under climate change in the 3S sub-basin of the Mekong and identify mechanisms promoting cooperation on water use. Specific information about PRoACC can be found at www.un-ihe.org/PRoACC  
  • eartH2Observe (global earth observation for integrated water resource assessment) (EU FP7 program). Work Package 2: comprehensive datasets in support of efficient decision making - subtask 2.4: comprehensive datasets and information in decision making - user oriented metrics and operational perspectives work. Read more here.
  • Hydropower-to-environment water transfers in the Zambezi basin (Power2Flow) http://power-to-flow.un-ihe.org/. Power2Flow aims to analyze the reallocation of water between hydropower and environment in the Zambezi basin. There is growing consensus that in hydropower dominated river basins, the allocation of water can no longer be only driven by energy demand; rather a balance must be found between hydropower and the environment. Reservoir operating policies are often determined for individual projects, with the sole objective of maximizing energy revenue whilst considering minimum flow requirements as constraints to be considered later. This approach is unable to consider (i) the relationship between flow, habitat and environmental benefits for biodiversity and people, and (ii) the potential synergies between several hydropower facilities within the same basin. The research project aims to address these shortcomings.  
  • Strengthening Ethiopian Universities in Integrated River Basin Management (http://www.universitywatersectorpartnership.org). This capacity building project connected eight Ethiopian universities to enhance their cooperation with water sector organizations in the country and focused on the development of academic and professional expertise. A self-standing MSc programme on IRBM was established at three universities and for all universities the water related courses were improved by training staff members, developing teaching materials and investments in books and laboratory equipment. The University Water Sector Partnership (UWSP) was created as part of the project in September 2009 to establish a solid link between Ethiopian universities and water sector organizations. The UWSP has grown to more than 500 partners, and continues to function as a network that coordinates a range of water-related activities.
  • Sustainable water fund partnership project - Climate change and water supply in the Mekong Delta. Major tasks include supporting adaptation plan development for 3 water utilities, running a study group on climate change, organizing climate change symposium, contributing to curriculum development, supervising Ph.D. student research, providing some relevant training and monitoring plan implementation. 
  • Capacity building - UNEP training workshop "The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity (TEEB)", for eastern Africa, Kampala Uganda, 25-27 November, 2013.