Water Information Network System (IHP-WINS)

IHP-WINS objectives

An accessible, interactive and user-friendly platform for a wide audience of water-related stakeholders

IHP-WINS consists of three main components, to provide:

  • GIS data on the state of water resources at the global, regional, national and local level, allowing users to visualize and generate maps,
  • a platform for inter-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing among water stakeholders (e.g. databases, reports, graphs, tables, videos, webinars, etc.), and
  • a platform to be used by water stakeholders to build networks (i.e. discussion groups).

It is the very first platform that provides data on the water cycle in its entirety.
The platform is gradually building a repository of, and links to, sources of information from other UN organizations, regional organizations, and national institutions, including UNESCO Category 2 Centres and Chairs specialized in water-related issues.

A key tool for the monitoring and implementation of SDG6 on water and sanitation

By providing a platform where national institutions can share their SDG 6 monitoring and implementation experiences, IHP-WINS aims to assist Member States in improving their institutional capacities, human resources and to provide a sound basis for science-based decision-making.  Lessons learnt can also be shared through the discussion groups.

IHP-WINS was established following a request by the International Hydrological Programme's Council, for the Secretariat to “provide support to Member States to build their institutional capacities, human resources and a sound basis in science capacity for the monitoring and implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) targets and those of other water related goals" (Resolution XXII-7; June 2016).