• Promoting integrated water resources management (IWRM) at national, international and cross-national levels
  • Supporting climate change resilience through considered water resources development, management and use
  • Enhancing the management of water in the coastal zone through integrated land and water management
  • Developing ecosystems based management of freshwater through a range of approaches and tools


The UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment is a United Nations Environment Programme centre of expertise. The Centre was established in 2001 and is hosted by DHIgroup headquarters in Denmark. The Center is supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and dedicated to improving the management of freshwater resources from the local to the global level.
Read more..


New publication on Green Infrastructure (GI) for Water Management..UNEP-DHI, in partnership with UNEP, IUCN, TNC and WRI launched publication “Green Infrastructure Guide for Water Management: Ecosystem-based Management Approaches for Water-Related Infrastructure Projects” during World Water Week in Stockholm. It sets focus on the benefits of GI solutions for water resources management. The GI Guide includes an overview of GI solutions for water management, as well as an outline methodology for water management options assessment, and a risk and uncertainty analysis. The guide concludes with a brief overview of a number of practical tools to support the evaluation of appropriate solutions.
Download the publication here.
More on the release here.

New publication on Green Infrastructure for Water Management. A new publication, titled, “Green Infrastructure Guide for Water Management: Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects” will be launched at World Water Week in Stockholm, September 2nd. The aim of this Guide is to raise awareness of the benefits of green infrastructure solutions for water resources management and to provide a basis for informed assessment of options among green and grey infrastructure alternatives. The Green Infrastructure Guide is a joint product by UNEP-DHI, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Download the Launch Event flyer here.

World Water Development Report 2014 (WWDR 2014) was officially launched on March 21st. UNEP-DHI Centre has contributed to this fifth edition of the United Nations WWDR, focused on Water and Energy. This edition seeks to inform decision-makers (inside and outside the water and energy domains), stakeholders and practitioners about the interlinkages, potential synergies and trade-offs, and to highlight the need for appropriate responses and regulatory frameworks that account for both water and energy priorities. Download the WWDR2014 here.

UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2014 is back for a second run. This challenge involves high school students in Asia competing in playing in the serious game called Aqua Republica. The aim of the challenge is to increase the awareness of IWRM in high schools as well as to stir up the students’ interest in solving water problems. This year we are teaming up with other organisations, such as the Asian offices of UNESCO to help bring this challenge to the next level. For more information, click here.

Sustainable Development Goal on Water. UNEP-DHI Centre has been supporting UNEP in its ongoing work with UN-Water in relation to the post-2015 development framework, and the proposal for a global goal on water. The Centre has been contributing to preparation of the proposal, as well as the development of indicators and reporting mechanism in support of a coherent, cohesive and mutually reinforcing set of targets that will help countries reach the goal by 2030. The consolidated technical recommendation was approved by UN-Water on January 27th, 2014. It includes a set of potential targets and indicators to support a dedicated global goal for water. Read more about the post-2015 development process and download the technical advice here.

TWAP RB Preliminary Results report completed. The River Basins component, coordinated by UNEP-DHI, of the GEF Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme finalized its interim report in October 2013, as per scheduled timeline. The report contains analysis of preliminary results for most assessment indicators and has been well received by the TWAP Steering Committee. The TWAP RB interim report paves the way towards further integrated analysis and the final assessment report due in the end of 2014. Read more about TWAP RB and stay up to date with the assessment here.

Aqua Republica at World Water Week. See pictures from the session titled "Serious Games for Improved Cooperation on Water" here.