River basins provide the geographical working unit for hydrologists and water managers as their boundaries obtain all the fresh water which is potentially available in a region. presents summarized information on selected river basins and gives an overview on some of the work which is carried out in river basins worldwide by our international group of institutions towards a more integrated management of water resources. Key objective of is to give an insight in bio-physical, institutional and socioeconomic catchment characteristics for stakeholders and researchers providing data sources and a state of the art with references. Furthermore the groups´ expertise and work approaches related to river basin assessment and management are illustrated.




Water Security and Climate Change Conference in Mexico, on October 28-30, 2019

Call for abstracts is open now!

We are pleased to announce the fourth Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) to be held at the Universidad Autonóma of San Luis Potosí in Mexico on October 28-30, 2019.

The WSCC 2019, organized by the Centers for Natural Resources and Development – CNRD (TH Köln), the Universidad Autonóma of San Luis Potosí, the Food Security Center – FSC (University Hohenheim), and the International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries – SWINDON (TU Braunschweig), follows a successful series of conferences in Bangkok (2016), Cologne (2017) and Nairobi (2018), all uniting about 150 experts.

Achieving water security and advancing climate resilience are among the major challenges faced by society on both a global and local level. They are essential to promote economic and social development. Hence, the series of WSCCs aims to bring together scientists, policy makers and stakeholders from around the world and from various sectors and disciplines to exchange knowledge and discuss the diverse facets of water security and its relation to climate variability and change.

We invite you to participate at the discussions towards water secure societies and submit an abstract for oral presentations or scientific posters. The submission period is April – 21 June 2019. Further information about content, participation and abstract submission are available on

Tropiseca Workshop In Costa Rica, July 30 – August 3, 2018

The Tropiseca project is a DAAD funded academic network focusing on research and education related to tropical drought and hydrology.  Our annual meeting was hosted by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in San José. UCR is the largest public university in Central America with excellent facilities, attracting students and researchers from all Latin-American countries and worldwide. During the meeting, we presented and discussed our results and publications related to tropical drought risk assessment and drought characterization of our case study basins: the Tempisque Basin, Costa Rica; Magdalena Basin, Colombia and the Paute Basin in Ecuador. In addition, we worked on joint Learning Units and the curriculum of the MSc program on "Integrated Water Resources Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (IWRM-LAC)" to be established at the Department of Geography, University of Costa Rica (UCR) that is expected to be inaugurated in August 2019. In the scope of an open workshop, UCR invited key stakeholders and researchers to have a debate on potential synergies, societal research and educational demand in the context of climate change and droughts in the LAC region.

Developing introductory training materials related to the Water-Energy-Food-Security Nexus (GIZ/EU 2017-2019)

We developed a variety of training materials and concepts related to the WEF Security Nexus in the scope of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Program Phase I (2016 – 2018) funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The overall objective is to promote the dialogue and a stronger cross-sectoral collaboration between the water, energy, agricultural and environment related sectors to improve decision-making processes. The program involves five regional Nexus dialogues, which are active in the Niger Basin, Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central Asia (Aral Sea region) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and involves national and regional policy makers, the private sector, academia and civil society. We developed two training modules that present hands-on tools and instruments on how to approach these challenges in practice: 1. Introduction to the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus, 2. WEF Nexus case studies from Europe and Germany.

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