The UN Environment-DHI Centre on Water and Environment (UN Environment-DHI) is a United Nations Environment Programme centre of expertise supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dedicated to improving the management, development and use of freshwater resources from the local to the global level. UN Environment-DHI is hosted at DHI, an independent, international consulting and research-based not-for-profit foundation of more than 1000 employees, with offices in more than 30 countries, and with over 50 years of experience in water resources management.

The activities of UN Environment-DHI are centred around several focus areas. These include, but are not limited to following:

  • 1) Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Ecosystem-based management (EBM): Enhancing capacity of countries and regions to utilize integrated approaches to sustainable management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems

  • 2) Climate Variability and Change: Providing tools for countries and regions to cope with adverse impacts on the water resource from climatic variability and change

  • 3) Assessment and Indicators: Improving information and knowledge basis for sustainable management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems

  • Read more about these and other activities of UN Environment-DHI at http://www.unepdhi.org.
    Enhanced capacity of countries and regions to utilize integrated approaches and principles of IWRM in management of their water resources is a particularly relevant work area of UN Environment-DHI. The centre has completed a number of activities in capacity building for IWRM, development of national IWRM policies and plans, as well as publication of global status reports on the progress towards implementation of IWRM approaches in countries.

    Our work in the domain of IWRM to date has shown that there is a growing need for systematic data collection on IWRM, which is instrumental in establishing a baseline, monitoring improvements and ensuring informed decision making for better management of water within countries and basins. In addition to the national relevance of such data, the proposed Sustainable Development Goal on Water has drawn attention to the increasing need for global data on water governance and management, and particularly on the progress in adopting IWRM practices in countries.

    The IWRM Data Portal provides access to the results of the global baseline reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.1 - Degree of IWRM Implementation. It contains the global assessment results and analysis products, as well as the national submissions of the 172 reporting countries. The global baseline assessment of SDG Indicator 6.5.1 and its future reporting cycles will help track the global progress towards better management and achievement of SDG 6 target 6.5.

    In addition, the IWRM Data Portal offers a comprehensive collection of national IWRM implementation progress data drawn from two previous global IWRM implementation surveys undertaken in 2007 and 2011. While not directly comparable with the SDG indicator 6.5.1, these previous global assessments can help examine the overall progress of IWRM implementation dimensions within the individual countries to date.
    The main aim of this portal is to enable tracking of global IWRM implementation progress in countries based on country reporting on SDG Indicator 6.5.1 - Degree of integrated water resources management implementation. IWRM Data Portal currently contains the results of the first reporting round under SDG framework - the country assessment of degree of implementation of IWRM for baseline year 2017 (survey undertaken in 2017/2018). This includes the country self-assessment submissions, and related analysis products including global baseline analysis report (download here).

    The official country reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.1 baseline is supplemented by country assessment data from two previous global IWRM surveys (years 2007 and 2011) containing self-reported country survey data assessing the progress and outcomes of the application of integrated approaches to the development, management and use of water resources. Read more about the surveys in the Country Data section of the portal.

    In addition, the IWRM Data Portal contains a comprehensive database of national IWRM policies, plans, roadmaps and related resources. All data and resources can be searched by country and are updated on ongoing basis.

    Yes. UN Environment-DHI particularly welcomes updates and submissions relating to national water policies and IWRM plans, though other IWRM relevant resources are also welcome. Contact Us.
    Following organizations were instrumental in facilitating country data collection in 2007 and 2011: UN-DESA, GWP, UN Environment, SIWI, UNDP, UN Statistics, WHO and WWAP. SDG indicator 6.5.1 baseline data collection in 2017/2018 was supported by UN Environment (the custodian agency), GWP, and Cap-Net.