National and International Cooperations

[toggles style=”default”][toggle color=”Default” heading_tag=”default” title=”Organistations”]AA | Federal Foreign Office

BMBF | Federal Ministry of Education and Research

BMUV | Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection

BMDV | Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport

BMZ | Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

CHR | International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine basin

DFG | German Research Foundation

ERCE | European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology

ESA | European Space Agency

FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

GPCC | Global Precipitation Climatology Centre

GRDC | Global Runoff Data Centre

HKC | HochwasserKompetenzCentrum

IAH | International Association of Hydrogeologist

ICWC | International Centre for Water Cooperation

IGRAC | International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre

SWFP | Sustainable Water Future Programme

UNEP | United Nations Environment Programme

UNESCO | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UN Water

WMO | World Meteorological Organization

WWAP | World Water Assessment Programme…/wwap

[/toggle][/toggles][divider line_type=”No Line”]We work in close cooperation with numerous German institutions, such as:

  • the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Foreign Office;
  • the German National Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst);
  • the Department of Hydrological Engineering, RWTH Aachen University;
  • the Department of Hydrogeology at the Faculty of Geosciences, Ruhr-Universität Bochum;
  • the Department of Hydrology and International Water Management at the University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck;
  • the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the TH Köln (Cologne Technical University);
  • the Department of Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Magdeburg.

We work in close international cooperation with many UN-institutions, international initiatives and institutes from other countries, such as:

  • UN-Water und UNEP, in the context of a global water quality database called GEMStat (see section “data”);
  • the land and water division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in the field of water consumption of agriculture;
  • the European and Mediterranean FRIEND water groups, in the field of flow regimes and low-flows (see “Research” section);
  • the Centre for Law, Policy and Science (Dundee), and the International Centre for Water Cooperation (Stockholm), on water diplomacy;
  • the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, and the International Association of Hydrogeologists;
  • the Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC), and the Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC);
  • the International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine basin, and the “Regional cooperation of the Danube countries in the field of hydrology within the framework of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO”.
  • the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management” (SASSCAL)

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ICWRGC’s activities in the Southern Africa region

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In order to understand and find solutions for water management challenges in the Southern Africa region, ICWRGC in close collaboration with Southern African partners, has initiated  several research and capacity building activities since 2020. Furthermore, ICWRGC will play a strategic role as a hinge, connecting German academic and technical capacities, the United Nations Water programmes and the water sector in Southern Africa.

The German federal government’s recently adopted “Round Table for Africa“ is a long-term ambitious project for the internationalisation of research, education and development to further support development aid for Africa. Supported by BMBF and DLR, ICWRGC is actively involved in two programmes:

  1. The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) established the Graduate Studies Programme in Integrated Water Resources Management (SGSP – IWRM) to support SASSCAL’s research agenda and the regional water sector’s needs for highly qualified professionals.The programme is implemented by the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) in partnership with ICWRGC. The programme is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).The overarching objective of SGSP-IWRM is developing innovative, excellent and collaborative education and research at PhD degree level complemented by tailor-made training programmes for decision makers and industry. ICWRGC’s specific role is to strengthen research programme development, teaching and student supervision. It will also facilitate a three-month scientific mobility stay in Germany. A project launch event was held in March, 2022 where 15 students from four of SASSCAL member states received their scholarships.
  2. Research Programme on Water Security in Southern Africa (WASA)A project for the initial phase of the WASA programme for Southern Africa was tendered by BMBF in early 2021. ICWRGC was mentioned in the call as a strategic partner for the WASA programme. 12 initial phase projects have been funded. ICWRGC is a consortium partner in several  of these funded initial phase projects i.e.  COHYDIM-SA – Co-design of a hydro-meteorological information system for sustainable water resources management in Southern Africa,WaMiNa- Sustainable and climate adapted Water Management in Mining Industry of Namibia and neighbouring countries . and OWASA – Open Science in Support of Water Resource Security in Southern Africa.With appropriate funding, ICWRGC is also planning to support all other funded WASA consortiums to manage their data resources and ensure they meet the Fair data principles.

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