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Water-related UNESCO Chairs

1. Water-related Disasters and Hydrological Changes

Established in 2010 at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Contact: Prof. Dr-Ing. Nacken Heribert (UNESCO Chairholder)
Work phone: +49-(0)241 80-252-74
Fax: +49-(0)241-80-227-01
Email: lfi@lfi.rwth-aachen.de
 
Established in 2014 at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Contact: Prof Habersack Helmut (Chairholder)
Work phone: (+43) 1 / 3189900-101
Email: helmut.habersack@boku.ac.at
 
Established in 2016 at the University of Florence, Italy

Contact: Dr Paolo Canuti
 
Chair on Water, Disaster Management and Climate Change
Established in 2016 Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Contact: Associate Professor Dr. Sucharit Koontanakulvong, (Chairholder)
Mailing Address:  Chulalongkorn University
254 Phayathai Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Email: Sucharit.K@chula.ac.th 
Tel: 662-2218-7464
 
UNESCO Chair on Water, Energy and Disaster Management for Sustainable Development, (WENDI)
Professor Kaoru Takara, Director, DPRI, (Chair holder on Water Related Disaster Management)
Mr. Shigenabou Tanka (Co-Chair on Water Resources)
Mr. Yosuke Yamashiki (Co-Chair on Water Quality)
Mr. Hideaki Ohgaki (Co-Chair on Energy)
Mr Eiji Nawata (Co-chair on Food Security)
Mr Mamoru Kanzaki (Co-Chair on Biodiversity)
Mr Shigeo Yoden (Co-Chair on Climate Change)
Mr Michinori Hatayama (Co Chair on data science)
Dr Takahiro Sayama, Associate Professor, DPRI, (Contact Person)
Mailing Address: Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI)
Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011(Japan)
Telephone: +81-774-38-4125/Fax: +81-77438-4130
Email: sayama.takahiro.3u@kyoto-u.ac.jp (contact person)
www.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp
 
UNESCO Chair on Geoenvironmental Disaster Reduction
Chairholder Fawu WANG, Ph.D
Director, Research Center on Natural Disaster Reduction    
Director-General, International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction   
Editor-in-Chief, Springer-Open Journal: Geoenvironmental Disasters
Head Professor, Dept. of Geoscience, Shimane University, Japan   
Mailing Address: Shimane University, Research Center on Natural Disaster Reduction
1060 Nishikawatsu-cho, Matsue 690-8504, Japan
Tel: +81-852-32-9878, Fax: +81-852-32-6469
e-mail: wangfw@riko.shimane-u.ac.jp
 
UNESCO Chair for Water Related Disaster Risk Reduction
Established in 2016 at the UL Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Contact: Ms. Klaudija Sapač and Dr. Nejc Bezak
Professor Matjaž Mikoš ( Chairholder)
Mailing Address: University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Engineering
Kongresni trg 12, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
Romana Hudin – Assistant International Office
tel. 00386 1 4768 628
e-mail: romana.hudin@fgg.uni-lj.si; matjaz.mikos@fgg.uni-lj.si; secretariat@unesco-floods.eu
 
UNESCO Chair in Water Resources, Planning and Environmental Engineering 
Established in 2016 at the Ethiopian Institute of Technology, Mekelle University, Ethiopia
Chairholder: Dr (Mr.) Haddush Goitom 
Mailing Address: Ethiopian Institute of Technology, Mekelle University, P.O. Box 231, Mekelle, Ethiopia
Phones: Mobile +251914314431; Office +251344410971
Email haddushgoitom@yahoo.com 
 
UNESCO Chair on Natural Resources Management, Land Planning and Environmental Protection
Established in 1999 at the Environmental Sciences Center, EULA-Chile, and the Faculty of Environmental
Sciences of University of Concepción
Contact: Prof. Oscar Parra B. Emeritus Professor
Email address: oparra@udec.cl
Work Phone: 56-41-204-002
 
UNESCO Chair in Sciences, Technologies and Environment
Established in 1996 at the National University of Benin
Contact: Prof. Mansour MOUDACHIROU, Chairholder
Mailing address : Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Faculté des sciences et techniques,
01 BP 188, Cotonou, Bénin
Telephone: (work) +229 90936337
Mobile +229 90936337; +22900000000

2. Groundwater in a Changing Environment

Established in 1999 at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Contact: Prof Xu Yongxin (Chairholder)
Work number: (021) 9593882
Fax number: (021) 9593118
Email: yxu@uwc.ac.za
Progress Report: 2006-2007; 2007-2009
 
Established in 2007 at the University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan and the Institute of Geo-ecology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Contact: Prof Badamgarav Erdenechimeg
Work phone: 976-11-325-993
Fax: 976-11-321-862
Email: geoeco@magicnet.mn; janchivdorj_mn@yahoo.com
Progress Report: 2008-2010
 
Established at the University of Quebec, Montreal
Contact: Dr Yves Prairie
Email: prairie.yves@uqam.ca
 
UNESCO Chair on Groundwater arsenic within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Chairholder: Prof Jochen Bundschuh
Mailing Address:  University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Toowoomba Campus, West Street, 4350 Too-woomba, Australia 
Phone: +61 7 4631 2694,
Email: Jochen.Bundschuh@usq.edu.au;

3. Addressing Water Scarcity and Quality

Established in 1994 at Omdurman Islamic University, Khartoum, Sudan
Contact: Professor. Eltayeb Hassan Onsa (Chairholder)
Work phone: +249 (183)571921/ (183)571922; +249912140131
Email: eonsah@gmail.com ; onsah@ucwr.org
Progress Report 2008-2000; Profile & Progress Report: 2011
 
Established in 1999 at the University of Jordan, Jordan
Contact: Prof Shatanawi Muhammad (Chairholder)
Work phone: 962 777 48 44 99 or 962-6-5355000 ext.: 22441 or 22308
Fax: 962-6-5300829
Email: shatanaw@ju.edu.jo
Progress Reports: 2004-2010; 2009
 
Contact: Prof Arcady Matveev
Mailing Address: Irkutsk State University, 1 Karl Marx Str.
664003 Irkut, Russian Federation
Number:+ 7(395-2) 42.56.40, Email: matvbaikal@mail.ru
Smirnov Alexander (Rector); Prof. Tatiana Lichtovannaia
Work phone: +7- 395-2 24.34.53
Fax: +7-395-2 24.22.38
Email: isupress@isu.ru; rector@isu.ru; lichtov@admin.isu.ru; matvbaikal@mail.ru 
 
Established in 2004 at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier,
Institut Européen des Membranes, Montpellier, France
Contact: Prof Gilbert Rios (Responsable de la Chaire)
Work phone: 04 67 14 91 40
Email: gilbert.rios@umontpellier.fr
 
Established in 2005 at the University of San Carlos, Guatemala
Contact: Joram Gil
Work phone: (502) 2473-0205; (502) 369-3701/03
Email: joramgil@gmail.com
Progress Report: 2005-2007
 
Established in 2012 at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Contact: Adjunct Prof Katko Tapio (Chairholder)
Work phone: +358-3-3115 2183
Fax: +358-3115 2869
Email: tapio.katko@tut.fi
 
UNESCO Chair on Water Reuse at the University of Tehran 
Established in 2014 at the University of Tehran, Iran
Contact: Prof Sarrafzadeh Mohammad Hossein (Chairholder)
Work phone: +982161112185; +982166957784
Email: sarrafzdh@ut.ac.ir
 
Established at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico
Contact: Polioptro Fortunato Martinez Austria
Workphone: +52 (222) 229 22 17 
 
UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water research for Climate adaptation in Arid Environment
Established in 2017 at the Namibia University of Science and Technology
Chairholder: Prof Nnenesi Kgabi, 
Mailing Address: Namibia University of Science and Technology,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.O. Box 1338, 13 Storch Street, Windhoek, Namibia
+264 61 2072609; +264 816116254
 nkgabi@nust.na
 
UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Management in Central Asia
Established in 2016 at the German-Kazakh University, Kazakhstan
Contact: Dr. iur. Barbara Janusz-Pawletta 
Mailing Address: German-Kazakh University, ul. Puschkina 111
050010, Almaty, Kazakhstan 
Work phone. +7-727 355 05 51 (ex. 232) Mobile: +7 (8) 705 90 49 680
Fax: +7-727 355 05 5 
E-mail: janusz-pawletta@dku.kz
 
UNESCO Chair on Surface Hydrology: Research, Knowledge and Outreach under Uncertain Climate Sceneries
Established in 2018 at the University of Talca, Chile  
Chairholder: Dr. Roberto Pizarro
Mailing address: Director, Centro Tecnológico de Hidrología Ambiental.
University of Talca, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales
Av Lircay, Talca, Región del Maule, Chile
rpizarro@utalca.cl,+56 71 220 0200/56-71-2-2-2200375
http://www.utalca.cl/english/
 
UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences
Established in 2016 at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Chairholder: David M. Hannah (Director of Research
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, Professor of Hydrology
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences)
Mailing Address: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Tel: ++44 121 414... 7931 (Helen Jones, PA) or 6925 (for own research)
Email: d.m.hannah@bham.ac.uk
 
UNESCO-UNTIWIN Network in Water Resources
Established 2009 at the Irkutsk State University, Russian Federation
Mailing Address: Irkutsk State University, 1 K. Marx St, Irkutsk, Russian Federation
Contact: Prof Alexander Smirnov isupress@isu.ru;rector@isu.ru
www.isu.ru/en/index.htm
 
UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation
Established 2016 at the Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Contact: Professor Ashok Swain (Chair holder)
Mailing address: Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Box 256, SE-751 05 Uppsala, Sweden
+46-18-4717653, 070-7507627
+46-18-695102
ashok.swain@pcr.uu.se 
http://www.pcr.uu.se/about/staff/swain_a/
 
UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security
Established 2018 at the Florida International University
Dr Maria Concepcion Donoso, Co-Director International Programs, 
Mailing address: Institute of Water and Environment, Florida International University, 3000NE 151st Street- AC2-220, North Miami, Florida 33181 USA
+1305-919-4115; mcdonoso@fiu.edu
 
UNESCO Chair on Sustainability
Established 2018 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Chairholder Dr. Jordi Morató
Mailing Address : Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, ESEIAAT- Campus Terrassa, C/Colom, 1. Floor 0 Door 108, 08222. TERRASSA, Barcelona 08034 (SPAIN)
jordi.morato@upc.edu   / www.unescosost.org
 
UNESCO Chair on Water Diplomacy, Water Resources Management and Environmental Protection
Established in 2018 at the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers
Chairholder: Professor Abdulkhakim Salokhiddinov
Mailing Address: Head of the Department of Ecology and Water Management Department, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization,Faculty of Hydromelioration, Department of Ecology and Water Management, Engineers, 39, str. Kari Niyaziy, Tashkent, 1000, Uzbekistan
998 71 237-22-67; 998 71 237-54-79
admin@tiiame.uz; tohir-zs@mail.ru 
www.tiiame.uz

4. Water and Human Settlements of the Future

Established in 2012 at the Sharif University of Technology, Iran
Contact: Dr Abrishamchi Ahmad (Chairholder)
Work phone: +98(21)66164238
Fax: +98(21)66014828
Email: abrisham@sharif.edu
 
Established in 2013 at University of Cincinnati, USA
Contact: Dr Ono Santa Jeremy (President)
 
Established in 2019 at the University of Texas, Arlington.
Contact: Dr. Adrian Parr
Dean, College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs Professor
Public Affairs
University of Texas, 701 W Nedderman Dr, Arlington
TX 76019, USA
Tel: +1 817.272.9343

5. Ecohydrology, Engineering Harmony for a Sustainable World

Established in 1998 at the Hassania School of Public Works, Morocco
Contact: Prof Tazi Sadeq Houria (Responsable de la chaire UNESCO)
Work phone: +(212 22) 23 07 10; +(212 22) 23 07 20; +(212 22) 23 07 90 [Poste 351];
Mobile: +212 61 17 21 54
Fax: +(212 22) 23 07 17; +(212 22) 22 33 97
Email: h.tazisadeq@marocnet.net.ma; houriatazisadeq@gmail.com
 
Established in 2008 at the University of Bangui, Central African Republic
Contact: Prof Mabungui Joseph (Responsable de la Chaire)
Work phone: (236) 61 50 08; (236) 61 78 90
Email: joseph.mabingui@yahoo.fr
Progress Report: 2009; 2009-2010
 
UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Management and Ecohydrology
Established in 2010 at the Water Problem Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation
Contact: Dr Danilov-Danilyan Viktor (Chairholder); Dr Natalia N. Mitina (Chair Head Deputy)
Work phone: +7 499 135 54 56
Fax: +7 499 135 54 15
Email: iwapr@aqua.laser.ru; UNESCO-Chair-IWPRAS@mail.ru; natalia_mitina@mail.ru
 
Established in 2012 at the University of Belgrade, Serbia
Contact: Dr Ivetic Marco (Chairholder)
Work phone: +381 11 321 85 30
Email: markoi@hikom.grf.rs
 
UNESCO Chair Sustainable Water Technology and Management
Established 2012 at the University of Curacao, Curacao
Chairholder: Prof. Dr. Ir. Filomeno A. (Boey) Marchena  
Mailing address: University of Curaçao, 111 Jan Noorduynweg, Willemstad, Curaçao
Email: famarchena@gmail.com, festasaruba@gmail.com, famarchena@webaruba.com
Tel    : (297) 5840520; (297) 5254640
Cell  : (297) 5945644
 
UNESCO Chair in Environmental Engineering
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile, and Universidad de Cantabria, Spain and Chile
Chairholder: Dr Szanto Narea Marcel
Contact persons: Mr Claudio Elortegui Raffo, Rector, and Mr José Carlos Gomez Sal, Rector
Mailing address: Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Avda. Brasil 2147, Valparaíso
Chile
Email address: mszanto@ucv.cl; tejeroi@unican.es 
 
UNESCO Chair on the Theory and Technology of Environmental Safety in Water Resources Control
Established in 2015 at the Novosibirsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Sibstrin, Russian Federation
Contact: Professor Yuriy Skolubovich, (Chairholder)
Head of the IHP UNESCO Chair "The Theory and Technology of Environmental Safety in Water Resources Control
Mailing address:  Novosibirsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Sibstrin, Leningradskaya str. 113, Novosibirsk 30008, Russian Federation
rector@sibstrin.ru ; 8 (383) 266 41 25 
 
UNESCO Chair in Hydropolitics
Established in 2015 at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
Chairholders and Contact (s): Professor Géraldine Pflieger, University of Geneva,
Director of the Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE)
Professor Christian  Bréthaut, University of Geneva,
Director of the Education and Knowledge Component of the Geneva Water Hub
Mailing Address: University of Geneva, Institut des Sciences de l’Environnement,
Département de Science Politique et Relations Internationales,
Uni Carl Vogt – Bureau A 309, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 66, CH-1205 Genève, Switzerland
Tél.: Prof. Pflieger: +41 22 379 07 98 Prof. Brethaut: +41 22 379 07 55
Email address: geraldine.pflieger@unige.ch ; christian.Brethaut@unige.ch 
Website: https://www.unige.ch/gedt/en/recherches/chaire-unesco-en-hyd...
 
UNESCO Chair in Ecohydrology Water for Ecosystems and Societies
Established in 2016 at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
Dr Luis Chicharo, Chair-holder
Mailing Address: University of Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Email address: icce@ualg.pt ; lchichar@ualg.pt
 
UNESCO Chair on Ecohydrology and Applied Ecology
Established in 2019 University of Lodz
Chairholder Prof Maciej Zalewski 
maciej.zalewski@biol.uni.lodz.pl
Mailing Address: Professor of Applied Ecology
University of Lodz, Department of Applied Ecology, Uniwersytecka 3 Łódź 90-137, Poland
Tel: 48 42 681 70 06/07; 48 42 681 30 69

6. Water Education, Key to Water Security

Established in 2003 at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Contact: Prof Jacques Ganoulis (Network Coordinator)
Work phone: (+30)(2310)99 56 82; (+30)(2310)99 56 81
Email: iganouli@civil.auth.gr
Progress Report: 2003-2004; 2006; 2009
 
Established in 2008 at the Instituto Mexicano de Technología del Agua, Mexico
Contact: Prof Francisco Salinas
Work phone: 52 (777) 329 36 67
Email: fsalinas@tlaloc.imta.mxebsuarez@gmail.com
Progress Report: 2009
 
Established in 2010 at the Australian National University, Australia
Contact: Prof Grafton Quentin (Chairholder)
Work phone: +61 261-25 6558; +61 26 25 755 70
Email: quentin.grafton@anu.edu.au
 
Established in 2013 at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina
Contact: Mario Schreider
Work phone: +54-342-4575233 
Email: mschreider@gmail.com
 
UNESCO Chair on Capacity Building of Meteorology and Hydrology Department
Co-chair Dr. Keoduangchai KEOKHAMPHUI 
Deputy Head, Hydrology and Meteorology Department
Mailing Address: Faculty of Water Resources, National University of Laos, Laos
Tadthong Campus, Skottabong District, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel: (856-21) 670848, Fax (856-21) 670607
Email: k1.keokhamphui@nuol.edu.la; keoduangchai@gmail.com
 
Co-Chair, Professor Kwan-Sue Jung
Director International Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI)
Mailing Address: International Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI), College of Engineering, Chungnam National University
99 Daehangno, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 304-764, Korea
Tel +82-42-821-5675; Fax+82-42-821 8994
Email. ksjung@cnu.ac.kr

7. Water and Gender

Established in 2006 at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Contact: Prof de Miranda Guarda Vera Lúcia (Chairholder)
Work phone: +55 (31) 3559 16 30 / 28
Email: nicole@ef.ufop.br
Progress Report: 2006
 
Established in 2006 at the Ivorian Center of Economy and Social Research (CIRES), Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Contact: Prof. Euphrasie Hortense Yao Kouassi (Chairholder)
Work phone: (225) 22482100; (225) 05 62 97 31
Email: affouey@yahoo.fr
 
Established in 2006 at the University Al Akhawayn, Ifrane, Morocco
Contact: Dr El Kasmi Asma (Responsable de la Chaire)
Work phone: +212-37 75 84 38
Mobile: +212-61-13 71 25
Fax: +212-37-75 31 28
Email: asma.elkasmi@gmail.com
Progress Report: 2006-2007
 
UNESCO Chair in Women, Science and Reasoned Water Management in West Africa
Established in 2009 at the University of Lomé, Togo
Contact: Prof Adolé Isabelle Glitho
Work phone: (228) 22 25 08 77; (228) 22 25 50 94; (228) 90 10 20 59
Email: iglitho@tg.refer.org; iglitho@yahoo.fr
 
UNESCO Chair on Water, Women and Governance
Established in 2014 at the Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales (IGLOBAL), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Contact: M. Francisco T. Rodriguez
Work phone: + (809) 730 99 66
Email: ftrodriguez@claro.net.do

8. Water and Culture 

Established in 2013 at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy (UDELAR)
Contact: Dr Lucio Ubertini (Director and Chairholder)
Email: lucio.ubertini@uniroma1.it
 
UNESCO Chair on Environmental History: Water and Indigenous Peoples
Established in 2015 at the University of Arizona, USA
Contact: Prof David Pietz
Email: dpietz@email.arizona.edu
 
UNESCO Chair on Water and Culture
Established in 2015 at the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the Republic (UDELAR), Uruguay
Contacto: Javier Taks 
Work phone: (598) 2409 1104 /05 /06
Email: javier.taks@gmail.com