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The IHP Water Information Network System

The Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme's Water Information Network System (IHP-WINS) is designed to promote the sharing and dissemination of water-related data and information among countries, organizations, and stakeholders involved in water resources management, as part of the UNESCO IHP mandate.

The main objective of IHP-WINS is to enhance the availability, accessibility, and usability of water-related information, with a focus on supporting evidence-based decision-making and sustainable water resources management. It aims to facilitate the exchange of data, knowledge, and best practices among stakeholders at various levels, including national, regional, and global scales.

IHP-WINS provides a platform for integrating and harmonizing water-related data and information from diverse sources, such as monitoring networks, research institutions, government agencies, and international organizations. It promotes the use of standardized data formats and metadata to ensure compatibility and interoperability of information across different systems and platforms.

Through IHP-WINS, UNESCO's Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme aims to strengthen international cooperation, improve data availability, and enhance the understanding and management of water resources worldwide. The initiative contributes to the achievement of sustainable development goals related to water and supports countries in their efforts to address water-related challenges and promote integrated water resources management.

Overall, IHP-WINS plays a vital role in advancing water governance, supporting evidence-based decision-making, and fostering international cooperation for sustainable water resources management.

IHP Data

At UNESCO, we believe in the power of open collaboration and the principles of Open Science, leveraging open-source technology to provide a seamless experience for users. The platform's Data Catalogue and Management System stand as a testament to this commitment, offering a robust repository for all IHP-relevant datasets. UNESCO’s Water Family can contribute and access information in various formats, enabling a diverse and inclusive data-sharing environment. UNESCO believes in harnessing the power of data to advance global goals for a sustainable future.

Data Catalogue and Management System

Offers a robust repository for all IHP-relevant datasets. Users can contribute and access information in various formats, enabling a diverse and inclusive data-sharing environment.

Featured Datasets

The featured datasets showcased have been recently uploaded by UNESCO’s Water Family. These datasets offer insights into various aspects of water resources, from historical datasets to the latest advancements in hydrological science.

Water Family Symposium 4th of June 2024

This dataset includes pdf versions of presentations delivered during all sessions of the Water Family Symposium: Opening Session / Session 1: Scientific contribution of the Water Family / Session 2: Contribution of the Water Family to Capacity Development / Session 3: Contribution of the Water Family to Capacity Development.

Groundwater storage in Africa

This 5 km resolution grid presents groundwater storage in Africa (in mm). This parameter was estimated by combining the saturated aquifer thickness and effective porosity of aquifers across Africa. For each aquifer flow/storage type an effective porosity range was assigned based on a series of studies across Africa and surrogates in other parts of the world. Groundwater storage is given in millimeters. Detailed description of the methodology, and a full list of data sources used to develop the layer can be found in the peer-reviewed paper available here: raster and a high resolution PDF file are available for download on the website of British Geological Survey (BGS):

IHP Viewers

The Geospatial Catalogue Viewer within IHP-WINS serves as a powerful tool, enabling users to transform data from the catalogue into actionable insights, supporting the closing of the data-knowledge gap.

The Thematic Viewers complement the multitude of visualization options available for our water-related data, offering a diverse array of tools tailored to the need of the specific theme.

The Geospatial Catalogue Viewer

By overlaying datasets, stakeholders gain insights into water-related patterns and trends, facilitating informed decision-making and more. The variety of datasets and scales enable to uncover insights into both overarching global trends and finer-grained local patterns.

The Thematic Viewers complement the multitude of visualization options available for our water-related data, offering a diverse array of tools tailored to the need of the specific theme.

Flood and Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems
Ecohydrology Demonstration Sites
Water Quality Monitoring Portal
Urban Water Solutions Database
Internet of Things Portal
Citizen Science Portal

IHP Education

Our dedication to continuous learning is embodied in the IHP-WINS Open Learning Environment. This initiative serves as a hub for educational resources, fostering capacity building and research among stakeholders and researchers alike. It hosts water-related courses for and by researchers, policy-makers and scientist from around the globe.

Featured Courses

Explore the latest open learning courses and enhance your expertise in various water-related topics. Join us on this journey of learning and discovery as we strive towards sustainable water management practices worldwide.

Open Learning

Featured Publications

Delve into our featured UNESDOC and Water Family publications for invaluable insights into water-related topics. These latest publications cover a wide range of subjects, from water governance to climate change adaptation, providing essential knowledge for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners alike. Explore these resources to stay informed and empowered in the realm of water management and conservation.

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA): collaborative water resources planning for an uncertain future

Open Hydrology

Open science, and in particular open hydrology, are needed to facilitate access to sound scientific information on the status of water resources and also look at hydroclimatic hazards, such as flood and drought. Openly accessible hydrological information is key to supporting informed decision-making for sustainable water resources management, adaptation to climate change impacts and disaster risk reduction and management. This publication compiles state-of-the-art information on the need for open hydrology and the current state of development of its pillars: 1) Open Data; 2) Open Source; 3) Open Education; 4) Open Infrastructure; 5) Open Publishing; 6) Open Participation.

Approaching climate and disasters in an age of uncertainty

This publication provides case studies and insights on climate and disasters in an age of uncertainty, and is a contribution to the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP).

IHP Events

June 3, 2024

26th Session of the IHP Council