The Institution's Mission is to achieve substantial progress towards securing our Vision over the next five years. Each facet of our Vision will be secured through a broad range of activities and performance targets. They aim to advance the science and practice of water and environmental management for the public benefit, to promote education, training, study and research in the said science and practice for the public benefit and to publish   the useful results of such research, to establish and maintain for the public benefit appropriate standards of competence and conduct on the part of members of the Institution.

The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC)

The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC) aims to stimulate activities in the water sector that contribute to managing the effects of climate variability and change, in particular for the most vulnerable communities. The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC) builds bridges between water managers and the climate community, from the local up to the global level. Through increasing awareness of the issues and of potential solutions they seek to set in motion social and political processes that will lead to the adoption of coping strategies and best practices.

Danish Dialogues on Integrated Land and Water Resources Management

The Danish Government has initiated a Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management. The main objective of the Dialogue Process on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management is to increase resilience towards climate change in developing countries. The Dialogue Process has been launched in recognition of the global need to adapt to the changes in our climate which can no longer be avoided. Rising temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns and more extreme weather events are increasingly affecting economic sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and tourism. While these impacts on the water and land sector are of concern for all countries, they are particularly worrisome for developing countries, especially the LDCs, who are more dependent on climate-sensitive economic activities and local ecological resources, and are more limited in their financial, institutional and human capacity to respond.

DFID Water Programme

The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.DFID’s recent water and sanitation policy sets out a plan of investment over the next five years, to help 25 million more people across Africa gain access to safe water and basic sanitation and 30 million people in South Asia gain access to improved sanitation. DFID is committed to helping developing countries manage their water resources better - helping them to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.  They work with countries and international agencies to address the floods, droughts and chronic water shortages that climate change will bring. This will include supporting efforts to gather and analyse information on water use and availability, allowing better forecasting and more efficient allocation of resources. A key goal is to ensure that the benefits from water (for example power and food) are managed well. These resources need to be managed in a way that supports economic growth, while also balancing the needs of different water users and the environment. This means supporting governments and households in using water more productively - for example through hydropower or the irrigation of higher value crops.

European Water Association

The European Water Association (EWA) is an independent non-governmental and non-profit making organisation dealing with the management and improvement of the water environment. The aim of EWA is to provide a forum for the discussion of key technical and policy issues affecting the growing European region. EWA informs its members on the development of EU legislation and standardisation and seeks to influence the drafting when appropriate. It has close contacts with the European Commission (DG Environment), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Parliament. Through this exchange of knowledge the objective of EWA is to contribute to sustainable water management, a safe water supply and the protection of the water and soil environment

Freshwater Action Network

FAN works to improve water governance by strengthening the role of civil society in decision-making, linking the environmental and developmental agenda, for the realisation of the right to water and sanitation for present and future generations. FAN upholds the principles of non-hierarchical and democratic networking. FAN is facilitative and innovative and is open to change and learning. They work towards the progressive realization of the human right to water and sanitation and promote the voices of marginalized and excluded communities in policies and programmes. They promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in its activities. FAN considers sustainable water resource management and water supply to be integrally linked

Global Water Partnership (GWP)

The Global Water Partnership's vision is for a water secure world. Its mission is to support the sustainable development and management of water resources at all levels. GWP was founded in 1996 by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to foster integrated water resource management (IWRM), and to ensure the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources by maximising economic and social welfare without compromising the sustainability of vital environmental systems. During the past 12 years, the GWP Network has become active in 13 regions and over 70 countries.

ICLEI – Water Programme

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Their basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives. ICLEI's Water Campaign is designed to assist local governments in their efforts to manage water in a sustainable way. The Campaign provides a framework that encourages the development of local water action plans to achieve tangible improvements in local water quality, conservation and access. Participants in the campaign work towards achieving holistic integrated water resources management.

International Centre for Trade and Agriculture Policy – water programme

A galvanizing effort to save the family farm helped spawn the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). In 1986, IATP began documenting the underlying causes of America's rural crisis and proposing policies that would benefit farmers, consumers, rural communities and the environment. They look at the impact of farming on water resources along with producing reports on things such as the effect that ethanol has on water and the process of privatisation of water resources.

International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP)

IFAP is the world farmers organisation representing over 600 million farm families grouped in 120 national organizations in 79 countries. It is a global network in which farmers from industrialised and developing countries exchange concerns and set common priorities. IFAP advocates farmers interests at the international level since 1946 and has General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. IFAP’s vision is a world free from hunger, in which farmers and their families are able to live decently from their work.  IFAP’s mission is to develop farmers’ capacities to influence decisions that affect them at both the domestic and international levels. 

IUCN (Water Programme)

Responding to the need to protect and conserve our water resources, IUCN formed the Water Programme in 1985. Since its inception, the Water Programme has been working across the world, mainly focusing on the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. These programmes have covered multiple areas such as integrated water resource management, environmental flows, water economics, watershed ecosystems, as well as river bank rehabilitation, and the effects of climate change on global water supply and distribution. The IUCN Water Programme seeks to bring together its extensive network of members, scientific commissions, government and private sector partners to sustainably develop solutions and initiatives to preserve our water resources.

International Water Association

IWA has its roots in two strong associations:  the International Water Supply Association (IWSA) and the International Water Quality Association (IAWQ).  IWSA was established in 1947 while IAWQ was originally formed as the International Association for Water Pollution Research in 1965.  IWSA and IAWQ came together in a merger in 1999 to form IWA. To create and foster a global network of leading-edge water professionals through the provision of services and products to members, including conferences, publications and support for member groups.  In addition, to represent the views of members in international forums and to project key messages to the sector at large, aimed at advancing best practice in sustainable water management.

Progressio – water programme

Progressio combines a heritage of radical Catholicism and secular thought. The values and goals which underpin its work as a development agency are shared by all staff and are to eradicate poverty and exclusion through challenging unjust political, social and economic structures locally and globally; the full and active participation of the poorest, most excluded groups in decision-making which works to reduce vulnerabilities stemming from conflict, war and environmental degradation; an equitable distribution of resources and power between men and women and between communities and nations; basic rights, cultural diversity and multi-cultural understanding.


In 1977, the United Nations Conference on Desertification (UNCOD) adopted a Plan of Action to Combat Desertification (PACD). Unfortunately, despite this and other efforts, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concluded in 1991 that the problem of land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas had intensified, although there were "local examples of success". As a result, the question of how to tackle desertification was still a major concern for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The Conference supported a new, integrated  approach to the problem, emphasizing action to promote sustainable development at the community level. It also called on the United Nations General Assembly to establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INCD) to prepare, by June 1994, a Convention to Combat Desertification, particularly in Africa. In December 1992, the General Assembly agreed and adopted resolution 47/18

UNDP Water Governance Programme

UNDP's response to this water crisis has been to emphasize an integrated approach to water resource management through effective water governance. Water Governance refers to the range of political, social, economic, and administrative systems that are in place to develop and manage water resources and the delivery of water services at different levels of society. It compromises the mechanisms, processes, and institutions through which all involved stakeholders, including citizens and interest groups, articulate their priorities, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mediate their differences.


Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty -- the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures. The UNFCCC secretariat supports all institutions involved in the climate change process, particularly the COP, the subsidiary bodies and their Bureau.

UN Water

UN-Water strengthens coordination and coherence among UN entities dealing with issues related to all aspects of freshwater and sanitation. This includes surface and groundwater resources, the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters. UN-Water, an inter-agency mechanism formally established in 2003 by the United Nations High Level Committee on Programmes, has evolved out of a history of close collaboration among UN agencies. It was created to add value to UN initiatives by fostering greater co-operation and information-sharing among existing UN agencies and outside partners.


WaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Their mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education they do this through enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. These basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods and form the first, essential step in overcoming poverty. They are committed to addressing the vital need for safe water and sanitation head on, aiming to increase their impact both directly on the ground through their partner organisations, and indirectly by influencing others and promoting best practice in the field.

Women for Water Partnership

Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) is an international network of women’s organisations in South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and West- and Eastern Europe. The partnership consists of more than a million women, from different social cultural and professional backgrounds, who contribute to poverty reduction with their know-how and experience. Empowerment, local ownership, equity mainstreaming, partnership, and grassroots development are the key concerns of WfWP. The focus of Women for Water Partnership is sustainable development through integrated water resource management. WfWP consists of one of the Major Groups that are identified by the United Nations to shape a sustainable society.

WBCSD – Water Programme

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development. The Council provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, share knowledge, experiences and best practices, and to advocate business positions on these issues in a variety of forums, working with governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations. The WBCSD has been actively working on water issues for over 10 years. Since 2004, t he WBCSD Council Project on Water has seen the WBCSD consolidate its position as the leading business voice on water in major policy events. Today, the WBCSD's Water Project seeks to get water higher on everyone's business agenda by providing frameworks and tools to support water management plans, as well as sharing best practice across sectors. The WBCSD Water Working Group brings some sixty companies from the mining and metals, oil and gas, consumer products, food and beverage, and infrastructure services and equipment sectors together with ten Regional Network partners.

World Water Assessment Programme

The UN-wide programme seeks to develop the tools and skills needed to achieve a better understanding of those basic processes, management practices and policies that will help improve the supply and quality of global freshwater resources. They aim to assess the state of the world's freshwater resources and ecosystems; identify critical issues and problems; develop indicators and measure progress towards achieving sustainable use of water resources; help countries develop their own assessment capacity. The recommendations from the WWDR will include capacity building to improve country-level assessment, with emphasis on developing countries. This will include the building of capacity in education and training, in monitoring and database science and technology and in assessment-related institutional management. The Programme will identify situations of water crisis and will thus provide guidance for donor agencies and will provide the knowledge and understanding necessary as the basis for further capacity building. The Programme focuses on terrestrial freshwater, but will link with the marine near-shore environments and coastal zone regions as principal sinks for land-based sources of pollution and sedimentation and as areas where the threat of flooding and the potential impact of sea level rise on freshwater resources is particularly acute.

World Water Week

Organised and directed by The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it has gained an international reputation as a unique forum for the exchange of views and experiences between scientific, business, policy and civic sectors from around the globe. By harnessing and linking best practices, scientific understanding, policy insight and decision-making, the program aims to transcend rhetoric and provide real answers to the world’s water-related problems. The 2009 World Water Week and its theme “Accessing Water for the Common Good” comprises the first year under a new niche “Water – Responding to Global Changes.” This niche guides the programme themes over a three year period to ensure that each year strategically builds upon the previous years’ outcomes and findings. For the period 2009 – 2011, the niche is about the potential and necessary responses in water policy, management and development to address pervasive global changes and their impact.

World Water Council

The World Water Council is an international multi-stakeholder platform. It was established in 1996 on the initiative of renowned water specialists and international organizations, in response to an increasing concern about world water issues from the global community. The World Water Council's mission is "to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth."

WWF – Water Programme

The WWF Network, the world’s leading environmental organisation founded in 1961 and now active in over 100 countries. WWF addresses global threats to people and nature such as climate change, the peril to endangered species and habitats, and the unsustainable consumption of the world’s natural resources. We do this by influencing how governments, businesses and people think, learn and act in relation to the world around us, and by working with local communities to improve their livelihoods and the environment upon which we all depend.