Our work includes

  • 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


Who we are

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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What is Happening?

NEW publication on using indicators for improved water resources management. A new guidance document produced in collaboration with WWF-US, Conservation International, Luc Hoffmann Institute, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and GEF. Includes practical guidance on indicator use in basin management, as well as a number of basin case studies. Download publication from our Publications page.


Working with CAP-Net, European Space Agency, FAO and others to promote the use of technology for improved water management. There is already a huge number of game-changing technologies out there in based on smartphones, drones, satellites and innovative decision support systems. One of the main challenges to getting these more widely applied is simply making people aware of exactly what is available and how they can use it. The Cap-Tec initiative aims to address this situation, and is now looking for financial partners who want to play a role. To get a quick flavor of Cap-Tec, check out the promotional video.


Coastal Hazard Wheel publication package released. Coastal Hazard Wheel (CHW) provides a universal and easily accessible set of tools for coastal managers, scientists and policy-makers to address the challenge of coastal climate change adaptation. Access all CHW materials via CHW website.


Aqua Republica in news: A serious game for serious issues. New article about our work in developing serious games for water management education and the Aqua Republica initiative on UN Environment. Read the article here.


TWAP River Basins assessment results launched! UNEP-DHI in collaboration with 8 internationally recognized organizations and research institutes lead the most comprehensive assessment of the worlds 286 transboundary river basins to date. The assessment is the first of its kind in scope and ambition. It covers 15 core indicators, covering water quantity, water quality, ecosystems, governance and socioeconomics. Five of the indicators are projected to 2030 and 2050, and the assessment also covers 26 deltas. Read more about the TWAP RB assessment and explore the results via TWAP RB interactive data portal here.

The final report, interactive results portal and other associated products are to be launched at the GEF International Waters Conference (IWC-8) May 9-13, Sri Lanka, at the second session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-2), May 23-27, Kenya, and at other events during 2016 (TBC).


TWAP River Basins assessment results launched! UNEP-DHI in collaboration with 8 internationally recognized organizations and research institutes lead the most comprehensive assessment of the worlds 286 transboundary river basins to date. The assessment is the first of its kind in scope and ambition. It covers 15 core indicators, covering water quantity, water quality, ecosystems, governance and socioeconomics. Five of the indicators are projected to 2030 and 2050, and the assessment also covers 26 deltas. Read more about the TWAP RB assessment and explore the results via TWAP RB interactive data portal here.

The final report, interactive results portal and other associated products are to be launched at the GEF International Waters Conference (IWC-8) May 9-13, Sri Lanka, at the second session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-2), May 23-27, Kenya, and at other events during 2016 (TBC).


Water Innovation Webinar Series. UNEP-DHI presents a series of webinars focusing on innovative approaches in water management relevant to closing the gap on targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically the SDG6 on Water and Sanitation. Read more and register for upcoming sessions here.


Water Innovation Webinar Series. UNEP-DHI presents a series of webinars focusing on innovative approaches in water management relevant to closing the gap on targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically the SDG6 on Water and Sanitation. Read more and register for upcoming sessions here.