ICIWaRM's program will address both the science and research-driven UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) VII programmatic goals, as well as the strategic water management implementation goals inherent in pursuing the aims of other relevant international water-related initiatives. The work program will support joint research projects and study efforts on key issues related to the aims of the IHP-VII program, international workshops related to implementation of IWRM objectives, technology transfer workshops and data-sharing with partners, and training and capacity-building.
The overall scope of activities to be undertaken by ICIWaRM and its nodal water sector affiliates include:
- Focus on practical science, applied research and technology development embodied in the IHP-VII program that can be readily transferred to improve integrated water resources management (IWRM) in developing nations. These activities will contribute towards meeting United nations Millenium Development Goals and other related United Nations and U.S. Government assistance programs.
- Partner and support of existing UNESCO IHP programs, e.g. , International Flood Initiative (IFI), World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (HELP), International Sediment Initiative (ISI), Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources. Management (ISARM), which serve to implement IHP-VII programmatic objectives related to attaining IWRM objectives.
- Collaborations for joint, applied research, capacity-building and training programs through existing UNESCO Centers and established programs, initially with emphasis on the Western Hemisphere (Central America, South America and the Caribbean) and Africa.
The program of the Centre is to address both the practical science and sound water management implementation goals inherent in pursuing the aims of other relevant U.S. Government (USG) international water-related initiatives. The work program supporting the goals and objectives is listed below and consists of joint projects and study efforts on key issues supporting the USG and USACE, with an initial emphasis on Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.
Goal A: Contribute to the development of IWRM principles and best management practices, focusing on governance (institutional frameworks), engineering and planning and evaluation issues.
- Synthesize innovative principles, procedures and practices of USACE and U.S. water
management agencies, the private sector, and engineering societies that contribute to IWRM
- Participate with OAS countries, African nations, and international aid agencies (World Bank, UNESCO, USAID, UNDP, etc.) to share and advocate best IWRM management practices thru workshops, conferences and websites
- Integrate professional engineering societies into Center activities to help in development, training and dissemination of "best management practices"
Goal B: Foster technological development and technology transfer of models and methods that enhance IWRM and effectively disseminate "toolkits".
- Promote applied research, testing and dissemination of innovative models and methods for hydrology and ecological analysis and water resources management
- Collate and synthesize best available practices and procedures, both from the public sector as well as the private and professional engineering societies, and convert into standards, manuals for practitioners and best management practices
- Share information with other institutions established by UNESCO, World Bank, etc.
Goal C: Undertake training, education and capacity-building effort, focusing on training for implementing IWRM at both watershed and national levels, particularly in Latin America and Africa.
- Collaborate with and extend capabilities and reach of UNESCO education and capacity building at all levels (short courses; mid-career long-term training; executive seminars)
- Build on distance learning through a network of universities, USACE training courses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other U.S. partners, and incorporate facilities and capabilities of federal agency training centers (USACE, IWR, ERDC, BuRec, USGS, FEMA, etc)
- Leverage training and facilitate transfer of practical experience of professional engineering societies and private engineering sector