The UNEP-DHI Centre is a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) centre of expertise dedicated to improving the management, development and use of freshwater resources from the local to the global level. The Centre is hosted at DHI, an independent, international consulting and research-based not-for-profit foundation of more than 1000 employees, with offices in 26 countries, and with more than 30 years of experience in water resources management. Since its inception in 1996, the Centre has become a core resource for UNEP’s work on freshwater issues and in delivering UNEP’s Programmes of Work. The Centre’s ability to draw on DHI’s expertise in water and project implementation, as well as those of a broad network of partners, is one of its greatest strengths. For the on-going 3rd phase of the Centre (2008-2011) the prime objective is to support the UNEP Water Policy and Strategy (2007-2012).
Our results to date for the 3rd phase include, but are not limited to:
- Capacity building/training of +500 professionals in +40 countries in subjects such as water quality, water and climate change, water and ecosystems, as well as IWRM and modelling of water resources
- Technical support to +10 countries in IWRM planning processes
- Substantial contributions to major global assessments on water resources, including the UNEP Global Environment Outlook Report and the World Water Development Report.
- Global reports on transboundary river basin management (ecosystems approaches and IWRM)
- Technical support to UNEP in the preparation of numerous publications including policy briefs on water quality and water and climates change, and reports on environmental flows and ecosystems for water and food security.