Prof. Marc Bierkens elected AGU Fellow

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has named Prof. dr. ir. Marc F.P. Bierkens among its newly elected Fellows. Bierkens investigates the global water cycle using large-scale hydrological models. He is elected For contributions in understanding hydrological processes across scales and the modeling and analysis of climate change and human water use on global groundwater stocks.

For more information, see AGU website or the NHV website.

New list of priority countries for Topsector Water

The Core Team Export and Promotion of Topsector Water has set a new list with priority countries. Countries that are high on this list (So called ‘A’ countries) have the highest priority in 2017. Most activities will be targeted at these countries. So called ‘B’ countries are promising countries where Dutch parties are active. In the ‘C’ countries developments are followed and possibly ad-hoc activities are organized.

The ‘A’ listed countries for 2017 will be: Balkan, Colombia, Duitsland, Golfstaten, Indonesia, Iran, United States and South-Africa. For more information regarding this topic, please go to:

Promoting the integrated monitoring of SDG 6 (GEMI)

Article written by Alan Hodgson, UNESCO-IHE. The original article was posted on the website of UNESCO-IHE:

From 7 to 9 September, UNESCO-IHE hosted the Work in Progress Workshop for the monitoring of the Water SDGs, within the framework of GEMI. The workshop was organized by the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, supported by UNESCO-IHP, UNESCO-IHE, and the Netherlands and German IHP-HWRP Committees.

Preliminary work on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 – ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all – makes clear that achieving the 2030 global ambition will require an understanding of the needs and workings of the full water cycle. This means being able to operationalize and monitor not only its constituent parts (individual targets like drinking water, water use efficiency, ecosystem extent, etc) but the whole integrated and dynamic process. It is equally clear that many of the other 16 SDGs will not be achieved without the effective and efficient use of water.

The GEMI workshop was set up against the backdrop of these challenges, to develop and support the monitoring of SDG 6 in countries around the world. Providing a forum for the exchange of pilot country experience highlights the fact that expertise does not lie solely in one place or region but rather often emerges through discussion, shared learning and practise.

‘This is not an exercise in polishing statistics’ Fritz Holzwarth, Rector ad interim of UNESCO-IHE

The GEMI workshop was opened by Elaine Alwayn, Director Water and Soil, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, who emphasized the need not only for enabling international political structures to achieve SDG 6, but also national action. Fritz Holzwarth, Rector ad interim of UNESCO-IHE, went on to highlight the timeliness of the workshop being held soon after the Stockholm World Water Week, where the subject of the implementation and monitoring of SDG 6 was a recurrent topic. He pointed out that it was also appropriate that the workshop was hosted by UNESCO-IHE, as a natural home for water expertise, housing as it does students and staff from around the world bringing their own local water challenges and collectively discovering solutions. Outlining further the context of the workshop, Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Secretary of UNESCO-IHP summarized by stating that there was a “very interesting challenge ahead”.

This aptly introduced several months’ long work in the five Proof of Concept countries represented, including the Netherlands, who had been testing the SDG 6 monitoring framework, identifying what was working, what wasn’t, and where there remain gaps and opportunities.

A deep dive into the water indicators

The stage was now set for the hard work to follow over the next two days in which each of the Proof of Concept countries – Jordan, The Netherlands, Peru, Senegal and Uganda  –shared their current approach to SDG 6 monitoring. By exploring the targets and associated indicators in detail, participants were able to focus on specifics such as agreement on definitions, data validation, responsibilities for data collection, data consistency, prioritisation and gaps. Discussion also turned to wider contributing factors such as the relative value of corroborative, qualitative information; gender sensitivity and cooperation between sectoral authorities. The workshop also provided a platform for the suggestion of new sources of information, in some cases where data was already routinely collected for another purpose, such as with biodiversity data.

There was also significant dialogue about the means of implementation, such as the institutional and financial conditions necessary to establish an enabling environment. Transboundary issues were also raised, for example with reference to activities such as mining in one country having impacts on others, through water pollution carried downstream.

After nearly three days of intense, often meticulous, but most of all supportive exchange, participants left for their respective countries and organizations with a renewed sense of purpose and energy for the road ahead.

Recrutering 5 NL waterexperts bij Wereldbank – deadline 24 juni

Nederland is een partner van het Water Partnership Programme of the World Bank, en draagt bij aan het vorm- en inhoud geven van de Water Global Practice.

De Wereldbank Groep zoekt voor deze vacatures – op deelterreinen waarop Nederland internationaal een reputatie heeft – naar deskundigen met grote kennis van zaken, stevige internationale praktijkervaring en een persoonlijkheid waarmee je binnen de Wereldbank Groep impact kunt hebben.

De uiterste reactiedatum is 24 juni.

De 5 vacatures zijn:

Workshop Report available: Exploring new data for SMART monitoring of water SDG targets

Read the workshop report online, or download it here: Workshop Report

On 30 November and 1 December 2015 the workshop ‘Exploring new data for SMART monitoring of water SDG targets’ took place in the House of the Regional Government in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The workshop was organized by the Netherlands National IHP-HWRP Committee Secretariat and jointly convened by the National IHP-HWRP Committees of The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The workshop brought together more than 40 scientists, policy-makers and practitioners from the three countries, who analyzed the present state of monitoring in their countries; looked into the water-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their indicators; presented innovative data collection and monitoring techniques; and identified gaps between what is currently being monitored and what needs to be monitored to fulfill the monitoring responsibilities of the water SDGs.

The workshop aimed to support the effectiveness and efficiency of SDG implementation, for which monitoring and reporting are essential. Young scientists were invited to bring their innovative ideas into the discussions. Furthermore, the workshop aimed to foster cooperation between the three countries in the field of monitoring and data collection, possibly through joint research programmes. The outcomes will be shared with existing national and international

monitoring initiatives, such as the Global Expanded Monitoring Initiative (GEMI) (more initiatives can be found in annex 1). This UN inter-agency initiative is established to develop monitoring frameworks for the water-related SDG targets. The outcomes of the workshop also contribute to the water programmes of UNESCO (International Hydrological Programme IHP) and WMO (Hydrology and Water Resources Programme HWRP) and provide an entry point for discussions
within Ministries about SDG implementation and monitoring.

New flyer

Please find and download below the new flyer of the Netherlands National IHP-HWRP Committee. It provides insight in our aims and objectives, the focus of our working groups and provides an overview of our members.

Please contact us via ihp.hwrp[at] if you wish to receive the printed version.

Download the flyer here, or click below to read the flyer online

2nd newsletter

Please find here our 2nd newsletter. It contains news and upcoming activities. In the next newsletter, we plan to highlight the work of the people working at the IHP and HWRP secretariats to provide you more insight in their activities and possibilities for cooperation.

Please download the newsletter here

If you have information for the newsletter, please let us know by e-mailing us at ihp.hwrp [at]

New logo

The Netherlands National IHP-HWRP committee has a new logo and new look and feel. This is translated in the website and our new flyer.


The logo includes 3 “waves”, which hint to water, wind and soil. The waves also represent the 3 “streams” of the Committee: science, policy and practice.

The logo was made by Carola Straatman