On behalf of SAHRA, the University of Arizona has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help manage the academic component of ICIWaRM, a UNESCO Level II Hydrologic Training Center that will focus efforts on training mid-career professionals. The Center transfers new understandings, methodologies, and science results related to integrated water management throughout the developing world. ICIWaRM received final approval as a Level II UNESCO center in October 2009, and is the first U.S.-based center to work in support of UNESCO’s International Hydrology Program. The center will receive funding via USACE, which will provide support for SAHRA to manage the participation by U.S. academic institutions nationwide in the training and project activities undertaken by ICIWaRM. An NRC fellowship was obtained to fund Aleix Serrat-Capdevila, a recent Ph.D. from the SAHRA program, as a postdoctoral research associate at ICIWaRM.
ICIWaRM is a consortium of U.S. Government agencies, university departments, and non-governmental organizations committed to working together in support of the strategic program objectives of UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (IHP). ICIWaRM works closely with the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the U.S. National Committee for the IHP, and category 2 centres in other nations. Its initial emphasis is in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Africa.
The overall mission of ICIWaRM is the advancement of the science and practice of integrated water resources management (IWRM) to address water security and other water-related challenges by regional and global action, through new knowledge, innovative technologies, collaborative interdisciplinary scientific research, networking, training and capacity development. It focuses on readily transferable, practical science and technology.
For more information, please visit: http://www.iciwarm.org/en/