December 2011

IGRAC officially UNESCO's Global Groundwater Centre

UNESCO and the Kingdom of the Netherlands signed agreement about IGRAC. In 1999, UNESCO and WMO took an initiative to form an international groundwater centre. With the support of the Government of the Netherlands, this initiative led to the launch of IGRAC in 2003. Although providing huge support to IGRAC activities all these years, UNESCO was not in favour recognising IGRAC as UNESCO centre before an independent legal status and long-term financial support of IGRAC were secured. In January 2011 the Government of the Netherlands confirmed its commitment to IGRAC and

2nd UNECE Assessment published

The UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) recently published its 'Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters' for the European and Asian parts of the UNECE region.

The Second Assessment provides a comprehensive overview of the status of transboundary waters, covering more than 140 transboundary rivers, 25 transboundary lakes, about 200 transboundary groundwaters and 25 Ramsar Sites or other wetlands of transboundary importance.