EURO (European) FRIEND
EURO FRIEND was started in 1985 by the IHP Committees of the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, who seconded full-time scientists for a three-year period to collaborate in an international project group based at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (formerly the Institute of Hydrology), Wallingford, UK.
MED (Mediterranean) FRIEND
MED FRIEND was launched in 1991. Cemagref (La Recherche pour l’Ingénierie de l’Agriculture et de l’Environnement) in Lyon, France, hosted the AMHY (Alpine and Mediterranean Hydrology) FRIEND Secretariat up until December 1998. In 1999 the Secretariat moved to the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in Montpellier, France.
West and Central Africa: the FRIEND-AOC
The project for West and Central Africa was established in 1992 in Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso with support from UNESCO and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France. FRIEND-AOC is now in its second phase.
Asian Pacific FRIEND
Initiated in 1997, Asian Pacific FRIEND is organised by the IHP Regional Steering Committee for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (UNESCO, 1999). Currently thirteen countries are participating: Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Latin America and the Caribbean: FRIEND/AMIGO
The FRIEND/AMIGO project for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean began in 1999 with the support of the Regional Office of Science and Technology of UNESCO for Latin America and the Caribbean – ROSTLAC - and the active participation of experts from Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.