An open access, interactive platform has been launched allowing users to visualise and generate tailor-made maps on arid zones, rainfall, transboundary water basins and irrigation.
The data has been used to show the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in flood risk areas globally.
The Water Information Network System (WINS), developed by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), serves as a global reference in the design and support of sound water resources governance. It is designed to assist Member States in monitoring and implementing the Sustainable Development Goal to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” (SDG 6).
With data from global sources including AQUASTAT, WHO/UNICEF joint monitoring programme and UNSTAT, WINS is likely to feature key UNESCO programmes concerned by water-related issues, such as World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks.
UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme is the only intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management and education and capacity building. More information about the UK’s contribution to the International Hydrological Programme is available here.