International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

Increasing the depth of our shared knowledge about water: protecting our most precious resource

The International Hydrological Programme seeks to safeguard our most valuable natural resource; freshwater.

The International Hydrological Programme is the only intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building.

Through facilitating water research, water resource management, education and capacity building, IHP works to ensure a future with safe and sustainable water for all.

On a global scale, the planning and supervision of IHP is the responsibility of its Intergovernmental Council and its activities are facilitated by the Secretariat within the Division of Water Sciences in Paris.

The UK-IHP Committee is the coordinating body for the UK’s input to the IHP and its programmes. The Secretariat is based at the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford and its membership is comprised of expert hydrologists and water scientists from across the UK.

Wider Value to the UK

The International Hydrological Programme facilitates global research linkages and access to new funding and partners, icreases the influence and profile of UK water science in global hydrological science and contributes to the UK’s overseas development priorities

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