The Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee Secretariat has been strengthened!

For the coming half year, we are happy to welcome Lyvia van der Jagt, who started an internship at the Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee Secretariat.

Herewith, she would like to introduce herself:

Hi, my name is Lyvia van der Jagt, I am a Coastal Zone Management student from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. For the coming 5 months, I will work with the Netherlands National IHP-HWRP Committee as part of my final internship. I am excited and eager to learn more about the Committee, IHE-Delft company, and all the projects that come into play. I will especially focus on the main theme of the Committee this year, which is the Challenge ‘Climate Change, Migration, and Me’.

During my study, I have worked on coral conservation and restoration in Thailand and followed a minor in Sustainable Island Management. The combination of these two projects led to my final thesis, which was focused on how to increase support, involvement, and participation with the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute among the local community on St. Eustatius. Working for the Netherlands National IHP-HWRP Committee is the final step in my journey to become a graduated Coastal Zone Manager.

You can contact her at:


The online consultation for the Valuing Water initiative of the HLPW is live!

The Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee has joined forces with the Water Youth Network (WYN), the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), and the Young AIWW (YWP Amsterdam International Water Week), to create the above animation and show why it is especially important for young people to give input to the #valuingwater process.

Your input and action

As young person, your thoughts and actions on #valuingwater are highly valued! You are invited by 11 heads of state to comment on draft principles on Valuing Water. We also know that actions speak louder than words. The consultation provides space to showcase the  actions you might already undertake, or great plans you have, that link to valuing water. Share them via the consultation with the High Level Panel for Water! Read more about the initiative below, and check the film for more information!

Visit this website, and click the tab ‘consultation’ to provide your input:

Water and the UN

Water is high on the agenda at the United Nations. To support a ‘comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services’, the Secretary General has invited 11 Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services.

Value water and the High Level Panel on Water

This High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) focuses first and foremost on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, but also on the achievement of the other SDGs that rely on the development and management of water resources.

One of the HLPW’s key cross cutting projects is on Valuing Water. This project aims to contribute to “a global consensus and common language to guide better approaches to valuing water across three critical dimensions – social and cultural, environmental and economic”. To support a common language and development of joint action, the HLPW provided the Bellagio Principles on Valuing Water.

Launch of the Challenge: Climate Change, Migration and Me

Some of you might have noticed that we have just launched a Challenge with the main theme of the Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee for this year:

Climate Change and its relation with Migration

For the Challenge you can find an animation video and more information and in the event lits and on our Facebook page you can see the dates and locations.

A pop-up escape room will be built, to be able to start imagining what it means to be subjective to the effects of climate change, and what choices you need to make. Together with Popup-escape we have held a creative session to give direction to the way the escape room will be. We discussed three main themes: Water, Climate change and Migration. What were the interlinkages and ideas? Join the challenge and get the opportunity to find out yourself!

We are very curious what Popup-escape will make out of this!

New governmental chair – Jan Busstra

We are happy to introduce to you the new governmental co-chair of the Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee; Jan Busstra. He will represent the policy fields in the committee, while the current scientific co-chair – Prof. Pieter van der Zaag – will continue representing the research fields. We believe that such a co-chair construction will enable them to create linkages between science, policy and practice, to connect the various parties in the Committee, and have a higher national and international leverage.

Jan is the head of the International Water and Marine Division of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, he is working in watermanagement for the past 8 years. In these years he was initially engaged in national and european policies related to water quality and water quantity. He is currently also acting as Marine Director to the European Union. Furthermore, he is within the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment responsible for the activities related to the international water ambition also including implementation of the waterrelated SDG’s and bilateral cooperation with the so-called Delta-countries.

We hereby welcome him as co-chair and member of the Committee.

The ASG-Rhine Synthesis report is out

This study, titled ‘The snow and glacier melt components of streamflow of the river Rhine and its tributaries considering the influence of climate change’ was done under the auspices of the International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin (CHR), by two universities and an engineering company in Germany and Switzerland.

The CHR is an organization in which the scientific institutes of the Rhine riparian states develop joint hydrological measures for sustainable development of the Rhine basin. The CHR was founded in 1970 following advice by UNESCO to promote closer co-operation in international river basins. Since 1975, the work has been continued within the framework of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UNESCO and the Operational Hydrological Programme (OHP) of the WMO. The member states of the CHR are: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Quantified daily fractions  of the rain, snowmelt, and glaciers ice melt components of streamflow from 1901-2006 of the entire Rhine basin are available in the report. The contemplation over a period of several years creates more knowledge on trends and changes that are caused by climate variability, and the disappearance of glaciers and the increase of the reservoir volume in the Alps. Discovered was that the daily run-off values give a good insight into the amount of water that is added by the melted snow and ice to the extreme low discharges.

In a follow-up of this project they will look into trends of discharge components for the coming decennia, with the help of climate scenarios.

The first newsletter for 2017 is ready to be read

Pleased to present the first newsletter for 2017. It discusses the following topics:

  1. UNESCO-IHP updates
  2. Stocktacking the focus theme for 2017
    1. 8th WWF
    2. Reviewing Dutch Scientific Hydrology
  3. Amsterdam International Water Week
  4. Water SDGs
  5. UNESCO schools & the Sandwatch project
  6. OECD water related activities
  7. WWDR
  8. Agricultural Watermanagement Community
  9. CHy-15
  10. Agenda
  11. A UNESCO Water Chair position

Global implementation of SDG 6 monitoring – the 2017 integrated baseline process – it has started

The global implementation of SDG 6 monitoring will be multi-phased and initially focusses on establishing a global baseline for the 11 global indicators under SDG 6. For the first phase in 2017, UN-Water has invited approximately 50 countries to participate, to be followed by further phases to reach global coverage.

It is foreseen that this first set of countries would produce baseline data by September 2017. The baseline data will feed into the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development’s in-depth review of SDG 6 in 2018.

Countries have been invited to the process via an official letter from UN-Water to their Permanent Missions in Geneva, and the process to September 2017 (and beyond) can be found here.

Of course, in order to start collecting the baseline data, the methodologies for measuring the SDG6 indicators have been revised, and are now finished and available here.

The inception webinars have started last week, and were joined by Kees Baas (Statistical Bureau of the Netherlands) and Ronald van Dokkum (Rijkswaterstaat, coordinator for the monitoring of SDG6 in the Netherlands).

Call for Abstracts; Facilitating scientific contributions to water diplomacy and cooperation processes


Facilitating scientific contributions to water diplomacy and cooperation processes

UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) welcomes your abstracts for the session #26 it is convening during the 2017 International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) Scientific Assembly, 10-14 July, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on “Facilitating scientific contributions to water diplomacy and cooperation processes”.

The theme of this year’s Assembly is “Water and Development: scientific challenges in addressing societal issues.” With 40% of the world’s population living in transboundary river and lake basins and more than 90% living in countries that share basins, transboundary water diplomacy is critical for sustainable and peaceful development and ensuring water security. Water diplomacy can enable users, local and national governments to prevent, resolve or manage conflicts, and negotiate arrangements or agreements on the allocation and management of water resources.

Abstracts should respond to any of the following issues:

  • Effective mechanisms for communicating science for water diplomacy and cooperation processes.
  • Innovative ways for making local communities, civil society and disadvantaged groups, for example indigenous communities, rightful actors in water diplomacy and/or cooperation efforts.
  • Exploring best practices, challenges, emerging trends and future prospects in water cooperation/ diplomacy.
  • Identifying the potential of science to enhance and promote water cooperation and provide solutions in water diplomacy.
  • Data needs and challenges in water diplomacy.

The submission deadline for this session is the 14 February 2017. Please submit your abstracts through the IAHS’ online system. The authors of selected abstracts will be invited to present their work in a panel discussion during the session. Kindly note that IAHS charges an abstract processing charge of €37 per abstract for the Scientific Assembly 2017. UNESCO may cover the abstract processing charge for applicants for this and all UNESCO-convened sessions at the 2017 IAHS Assembly upon request and pre-submission of the abstract, with priority given to students as well as individuals from developing and least developed countries. The full agenda for the Assembly, including other UNESCO co-convened sessions, can be found on the conference website.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Renée Gift ( or Nicole Webley (

UNESCO and Government of the Netherlands reaffirmed commitment to IGRAC until 2022

We are very happy to tell that the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and the Government of the Netherlands reaffirmed their commitment to IGRAC this Tuesday December 6, by signing a new agreement until 2022.

This agreement was signed by Ms. Irina Bokova (to the right), Director-General of UNESCO, and Ms. Margot Llompart (on the left), Deputy Permanent Delegate of the Netherlands to UNESCO, during a signing ceremony held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. This photo was originally taken by UNESCO.

We offer a scan of this agreement to show the successful achievement that IGRAC can again be a UNESCO-center for another 6 years. The official publication of the signed agreement can be found here at the Dutch treaty database.

More information on the re-establishment of the international groundwater resources assessment Centre can be found here at the official IGRAC website.