The Dutch government has played a crucial role in the establishment of IGRAC and has supported the Centre ever since. 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.
In January 2011 the Government of the Netherlands confirmed its commitment to IGRAC and signed an agreement with UNESCO establishing IGRAC as UNESCO category II centre.
In specific, IGRAC works closely with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, which is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.