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Water Resources

UNESCO produces a large variety of publications and documents on water. Most documents can be downloaded free of charge.


Selected key publications


IHP-VIII: water security: responses to local regional and global challenges (2014-2021)
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Publ: 2013; 4 p.

International Glossary of Hydrology
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Publ: 2012; 469 p.

International Hydrological Programme (IHP) eighth phase: Water security: responses to local, regional and global challenges, strategic plan, IHP-VIII (2014-2021)
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Publ: 2012; 58 p.

IHP information kit

Presentation of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

IHP Governance

The Eight Phase of the IHP (IHP-VIII)

Presentation of the Water Information Network System (IHP-WINS)

Selected thematic publications

Key Publication per IHP-VIII Theme

Theme 1: Water-related disasters and hydrological changes

Theme 2: Groundwater in a changing environment

Groundwater and Climate Change (GRAPHIC)

Groundwater Governance – A Framework for Action

Global Groundwater Maps

Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management (ISARM)

Dinaric Karst Transboundary Aquifer System (DIKTAS)

Governance of Groundwater Resources in Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA)

Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP)


Theme 3: Addressing water scarcity and quality

Water Quality

  • UNESCO-IHP International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ-Water Quality) Brochure
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  • IIWQ-Water Quality - Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Reuse in Developing Countries Brochure
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Water Scarcity

Theme 4: Water and human settlements of the future

Urban Water Challenges in the Americas: A perspective from the Academies of Sciences
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Water, Megacities and Global Change. Portraits of 15 Emblematic Cities of the World
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Theme 5: Ecohydrology – engineering harmony for a sustainable world

Theme 6: Water education – key for water security

Water for Women and Women for Water. Development through Empowerment. UNESCO Chairs on Water and Gender (brochure)
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50 years of water programmes at UNESCO

Free Flow - Reaching Water Security Through Cooperation (pdf)

Water, People and Cooperation – 50 years of water programmes for sustainable development at UNESCO
English ǀ Français ǀ Español (pdf)