The National IHP-HWRP Committee is a science-policy platform composed of Dutch scientists, policy-makers and practitioners. Since its establishment in 1964, it connects academic, operational, and research institutes and the three ministries focused on water. The Committee members are representatives of Ministries, knowledge institutes, research organisations and executive agencies. The Committee is supported by a coordinator.

Together, the Committee members define the Dutch position regarding the water programmes of UNESCO (IHP) and WMO (HWRP) international water research programmes.  By bringing together Dutch expertise from different parts of the water sector, the Committee provides valuable input to the international networks of UNESCO and WMO. The Netherlands hosts two UNESCO Water Centres: IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and IGRAC for international groundwater resources assessments. IGRAC is also a WMO Centre. These are visible and concrete examples of the Dutch commitment to the UNESCO and WMO collaboration.

What is the Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee?

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The Committee keeps its members informed of strategic opportunities for international collaboration in the UNESCO and WMO water programmes, aims to drive innovative or new research directions, and organises joint activities with members and partners. It focuses on national and international knowledge sharing, for instance with other National IHP Committees. In short, the Committee aims to:

  • Contribute to the international water research agenda
  • Define the Dutch strategic position regarding UNESCO-IHP and WMO-HWRP
  • Connect Dutch researchers, policy-makers and practitioners
  • Link Dutch experts to potential partners abroad
  • Inform partners about specific Dutch water knowledge and expertise
  • Share knowledge on water issues with other countries

A number of working topics are established around IHP and HWRP related themes that are also areas of Dutch expertise.

Committee members in discussion about the SDG process, during the half-yearly committee meeting, 22 November 2016

On this website you can find more information about the Committee´s activities, events and publications and get to know more about UNESCO-IHP and WMO-HWRP. Please feel free to contact the coordinator if you are interested in a specific activity, get in touch with members and partners, or subscribe to the Committee newsletter!