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.





Virtual Inauguration Ceremony of the new MSc Program in Integrated Water Resources Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (IWRM-LAC), 10 August 2020, San José, Costa Rica

The University of Costa Rica (UCR), School of Geography, is offering a new MSc Program in Integrated Water Resources Management with focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The inauguration ceremony for the first intake of students will be held virtually on August 10, 2020. Due to the required social distancing caused by the COVID-19, also all lectures of the first semester will take place in a virtual learning environment.

The MSc Program is implemented at the UCR in the scope of a DAAD funded project “Integrated Water Resources Management for Latin America and the Caribbean – IWRM LAC” in the program: “Transnational Education - Degree Programs offered abroad by German Institutions”. The project is coordinated by the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), TH Köln, Germany.   

The study covers a period of four semesters. The internationally oriented MSc Program gives students from Latin America and the Caribbean the opportunity to start their studies in San José and to spend an exchange semester at the TH Cologne, Germany. Courses in Costa Rica are taught in Spanish and English. The teaching language at the ITT is English. The graduates will receive the final degree Master of Science in Integrated Water Resources Management issued by the University of Costa Rica.

The curriculum of the MSc Program IWRM-LAC is framed after the MSc Program: “Integrated Water Resources Management” currently offered at ITT, TH Köln (LINK).

Water Security and Climate Change Conference in Vietnam, 01-03 March, 2021

Call for Abstracts!

We are pleased to announce the fifth Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) hosted by the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR) in Hanoi on March 01-03, 2021.

The WSCC is an initiative of the ‘Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed’ program, and has been implemented since 2016 under the auspices of the Centres for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD: LINK) and the Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (SWINDON) network. The scientific committee includes the Food Security Centre (FSC) as well as the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

Achieving water security in the face of rapid change – in demography, economies, geopolitics and climate - is one of the major challenges for societies today, on both a global and local level. 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 poster. The submission period is 25 June - 30 September, 2020. Further information about content, participation and abstract submission are available on

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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