On 20 January 2015, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and UNESCO-IHE signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Water Resources Management for a duration of five years. Specifically, the partners will use their global networks to strengthen each others work, collaborate on linking the Aqueduct Monitor of WRI to UNESCO-IHE's Water Accounting System and explore the possibilities of developing new joint products.
Joining forces on ecosystem management
The World Resources Institute and UNESCO-IHE are both highly respected global institutions working at the intersection of development and ecosystem management, according to the WRI. Both have worked extensively on the management of global freshwater resources across the globe.
The Memorandum of Understanding underlines this dedication and seeks to enhance mutually beneficial collaboration on the many water management challenges and opportunities facing the world today. Sharing of knowledge, expertise and global networks will increase our collective ability to meet the ambitious sustainable development goals that world leaders will agree in September 2015.
The World Resources Institute welcomes the proposed joint research efforts in general and the possible linkage and complementation of WRI’s Aqueduct program with UNESCO-IHE's Water Accounting framework in specific. The Aqueduct monitor provides spatially explicit information on water stress (drought), flood and other types of risks based on a global model. The joint effort will build upon these already highly regarded water information products and further enhance global impact of either product.