• 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.
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Videos on climate change impacts in Denmark. In collaboration with the Danish Ministry of Education, our colleagues at DHI have recently prepared two educational videos that are designed to teach secondary school students about the impact of climate change on Denmark. Watch them here:
Future impact of climate change - part 1
Future impact of climate change - part 2

UNEP-DHI contributes to book "Managing Water and Agroecosystems for Food Security". The book focuses on understanding the links between ecosystems, water, and food production and sustainable management of these connections. It shows how sustainable ecosystems, especially agroecosystems, are essential for water management and food production. The book was published by CABI in 2013. An open access pdf version will be made available on CABI website shortly.

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.
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More on the release 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.