International Hydrological Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Data Center Description
The International Hydrological Programme (IHP), United Nations
Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO's)
intergovernmental scientific co-operative programme in water
resources, is a vehicle through which Member States can upgrade their
knowledge of the water cycle and thereby increase their capacity to
better manage and develop their water resources.

It aims at the improvement of the scientific and technological basis
for the development of methods for the rational management of water
resources, including the protection of the environment.

As UNESCO's principal mechanism to contribute to the priority issue of
water resources and related ecosystems, the IHP strives to minimize
the risks to water resources systems, taking fully into account social
challenges and interactions and developing appropriate approaches for
sound water management.


[Summary provided by UNESCO.]