Water Information Network System (IHP-WINS)

Data collection

The Secretariat of UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is populating the database with officially validated data provided by Member States and by UNESCO's water programmes and networks, comprising over 1500 water professionals worldwide. More than 150 layers of geolocalized data were available as of January 2017, when IHP-WINS was launched.

Data is structured in 6 categories, following UNESCO-IHP's current thematic areas (IHP-VIII thematic areas, pdf), with additional categories showcasing data from other UNESCO flagship programmes, including the World Heritage Center, the Man and the Biosphere programme (MAB) and it's World Network of biosphre Reserves, UNESCO Global Geoparks.
The platform also combines other global databases, such as AQUASTAT of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation, and the United Nations Statistics Division's SDG indicators.

Data is uploaded in accordance to a set of user-defined permissions. The UNESCO-IHP Secretariat ensures data quality and transparency, which is further reinforced through a data rating system and the possibility to leave comments.