AWWA Research Foundation (AWWARF) - The Awwa Research Foundation (AwwaRF) is a member-supported, international, nonprofit organization that sponsors research to enable water utilities, public health agencies, and other professionals to provide safe and affordable drinking water to consumers.
BirdLife International - BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.
Capacity Building for Integrated Water Resources Management (Cap-Net) - The Cap-Net website is a focal point for capacity building information on integrated water resources management. There you can access and freely download resource and training materials, publications and information on training courses in many regions. This website offers the opportunity to find information and guidelines about networks and networking for capacity building in IWRM.
Community Forestry International (CFI) - Community Forestry International, Inc. (CFI) assists rural communities to stabilize and regenerate forests by helping policy makers, development agencies, NGOs, and professional foresters create the legal instruments, human resource capacities, and negotiation processes and methods to support resident resource managers. At CFI, we believe that including local communities in the management of natural resources leads to increased livelihood security and poverty alleviation that, in turn, encourages greater sustainable development. (LakeNet Partner)
Consultative Group on on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - CGIAR works to achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research and research-related activities in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, policy, and environment. CGIAR maintains a system of 16 Future Harvest Centers that work in more than 100 countries.
Convention on Biological Diversity, Secretariat - One of the key agreements adopted at the Rio Earth Summit was the Convention on Biological Diversity. This pact among the vast majority of the world's governments sets out commitments for maintaining the world's ecological underpinnings as we pursue economic development. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources.
CSIRO Land and Water - The Division's research is organised into nine Research Directorates plus two Special Research Units, supported by professional, technical and administrative staff.
Dams and Development Project (UNEP)
Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force (DAPTF) - The Mission of the DAPTF is to determine the nature, extent and causes of declines of amphibians throughout the world, and to promote means by which declines can be halted or reversed.
Earth Summit 2002
FAO Fisheries Department
FAO Fisheries Department Inland Water Resources and Aquaculture Service (FIRI) - Reviews and evaluates the use of inland water resources for fisheries, and promotes their better management; it promotes the use of improved techniques and systems for the culture of fish and other aquatic organisms in fresh, brackish and marine waters; and, it promotes sound environmental conservation practices in lakes and rivers.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - The FAO is one of the largest specialized agencies in the United Nations system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 183 member countries plus one member organization, the European Community.
Friends of the Earth International - Friends of the Earth International is a federation of autonomous environmental organizations from all over the world. Members, in 68 countries, campaign on the most urgent environmental and social issues of our day, while simultaneously catalyzing a shift toward sustainable societies.
Global Environment Centre (GEC) - The programme areas of GEC (based in Malaysia) are: Integrated River Basin Management Programme; Land use, Biodiversity and Climate Change Programme; and Capacity Building and Awareness Programme.
Global Environment Facility (GEF) - The Global Environment Facility (GEF) helps developing countries fund projects and programs that protect the global environment. Established in 1991, GEF is the designated financial mechanism for international agreements on biodiversity, climate change, and persistent organic pollutants. GEF also supports projects that combat desertification and protect international waters and the ozone layer. (LakeNet Supporter)
Global Water Partnership (GWP) - This partnership of those who support the Rio-Dublin principles actively identifies critical knowledge needs at global, regional and national levels, helps design programs for meeting these needs, and serves as a mechanism for alliance building and information exchange on integrated water resources management. (LakeNet Partner)
Green Cross International, Water Program
Hydrology and Water Resources Programme - World Meteorological Organization (HWRP) - The overall objective of the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP) is to apply hydrology to meet the needs for sustainable development and use of water and related resources; to the mitigation of water-related disasters; and to effective environmental management at national and international levels.
International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) - Established in 1889, the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) has responsibility for applying the boundary and water treaties between the United States and Mexico and settling differences that may arise out of these treaties. The IBWC is an international body composed of the United States Section and the Mexican Section, each headed by an Engineer-Commissioner appointed by his/her respective president. The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) is headquartered in El Paso, Texas.
International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
International Groundwater Modeling Center (IGWMC) - The International Ground Water Modeling Center (IGWMC) is an internationally oriented information, education and research center for ground-water modeling. IGWMC advises on ground-water modeling problems, distributes ground-water modeling software, organizes short courses and workshops, conducts research in practical, applied areas of ground-water hydrology and modeling, and provides technical assistance on problems related to ground-water modeling. As a focal point for ground-water professionals, the Center supports and advances the appropriate use of quality-assured models in ground-water resources protection and management.
International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) - The International Network of Basin Organizations has the following objectives: to develop permanent relations with the organizations interested in a global river basin management, facilitate exchanges of experiences, to promote the principles of sound water management in cooperation programmes to reach a sustainable development. INBO also promotes information and training programmes for local elected officials, to encourage education of the population to evaluate ongoing actions and disseminate their results.
International Rivers Network (IRN) - IRN supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds. IRN works to halt destructive river development projects, and to encourage equitable and sustainable methods of meeting needs for water, energy and flood management.
International Water Academy
International Water and Sanitation Centre
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
International Waters Learning and Exchange Network (IW:Learn)
LakeNet - LakeNet is a global network of people and organizations in more than 100 countries dedicated to the conservation and sustainable development of lake ecosystems. The network is guided by an international steering committee with regional representatives in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Living Lakes - Living Lakes is an international network and partnership whose mission is to enhance the protection, restoration and rehabilitation of lakes, wetlands, other freshwater bodies of the world and their catchment areas. The Living Lakes partnership promotes voluntary international collaboration among organizations that carry out projects benefiting lakes, wildlife, and people.
Marine Resources Assessment Group (MRAG Ltd.) - MRAG is a consulting firm dedicated to promoting sustainable utilization of natural resources through sound integrated management policies and practices.
NSF International - NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company?, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety. For 60 years, NSF has been committed to public health, safety, and protection of the environment. While focusing on food, water, indoor air, and the environment, NSF develops national standards, provides learning opportunities through its Center for Public Health Education, and provides third-party conformity assessment services while representing the interests of all stakeholders. The primary stakeholder groups include industry, the regulatory community, and the public at large.
oneFish - A fishery projects portal and participatory resource gateway for the fisheries and aquatic research and development sector.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change - The Pew Center (U.S.) has issued 45 reports on key climate change topics such as economic and environmental impacts, practical domestic and international policy solutions. The Center works to keep policymakers informed and involve the business community in the search for solutions.
Ramsar Bureau (RAMSAR) - The Ramsar Bureau is the secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. The Bureau is housed by IUCN - The World Conservation Union in its headquarters building in Gland, Switzerland, on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). The treaty secretariat is an independent body answering to the Contracting Parties to the Convention, and to the Standing Committee. (LakeNet Partner)
River Basin Initiative (RBI) - River Basin Initiative is a global activity under the joint work plan of both the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. RBI's goal is to establish a global network to share information and link and support activities where the principles of integrated management of biodiversity, wetlands and river basins are demonstrated. (LakeNet Partner)
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) - The overall goal of Swedish development cooperation is to raise the standard of living of poor people in the world. The Swedish Parliament has adopted the following six specific objectives to achieve this overall goal: economic growth, economic and political independence, economic and social equality, democratic development in society, long-term sustainable use of natural resources and protection of the environment, and equality between men and women.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research - The Tyndall Centre (UK) brings together scientists, economists, engineers and social scientists to develop sustainable responses to climate change.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - The U.S. Agency for International Development is the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. USAID works to promote long-term and equitable economic growth, and to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives, by supporting three broad areas: economic growth, agricultural, trade, and environmental management; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. (LakeNet Supporter)
UNEP - International Environment Technology Centre (UNEP IETC) - In May 1991, UNEP's Governing Council took a decision to further strengthen UNEP's role in sustainable urban and freshwater basin management by calling for the creation of an International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC). The Centre was inaugurated in October 1992 in Japan and its offices in Osaka and Shiga officially opened in April 1994. (LakeNet Supporter)
UNEP Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS WATER)
UNEP Net: Freshwater
United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - The Division for Sustainable Development serves as the substantive secretariat responsible for servicing the Commission on Sustainable Development; for follow-up of the implementation of Agenda 21 as well as the Plan of Implementation (POI) of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Founded on 16 November 1945, this specialized United Nations agency functions as a laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues. The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse – for the dissemination and sharing of information and knowledge – while helping Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse fields. In short, UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its 191* Member States and six Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - The mission of the UNEP is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. (LakeNet Supporter)
United Nations University (UNU)
Water Conserve - Water Conserve is a Water Conservation Portal and Internet Search Tool that provides access to reviewed water conservation news and information. Water Conserve is for non-commercial, educational purposes only.
Water Environment Federation (WEF) - Founded in 1928, WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization. Our members are from varied disciplines and they collaborate with staff to realize the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. The WEF network includes water quality professionals from 79 Member Associations in over 30 countries.
Water for People (WFP)
Water Resource Systems Research Laboratory (WRSRL) - The impacts of environmental change in the land phase of the water cycle raise issues which define an urgent research agenda for scientists and decision makers alike. As a pioneer of new research directions, the WRSRL addresses these issues by bringing innovative science to bear on the development of numerical modelling and decision support systems relevant to a spectrum of environmental concerns. Advanced modelling technologies, incorporating the latest developments in process research and hydroinformatics, provide the basis for the WRSRL's current research agenda.
Water Strategist Community (WSWC)
Water, Sanitation and Health -World Health Organization (WSH) - WHS-WHO works on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene where the health burden is high, where interventions could make a major difference and where the present state of knowledge is poor.
WaterPartners International - WaterPartners International is committed to providing clean drinking water to communities in developing countries. We have solutions that work. Working in partnership with donors and those in need of safe water, we have helped thousands of people develop accessible, sustainable, community-level water supplies.
Wetlands International - Wetlands International works in over 120 countries to sustain and restore wetlands, their resources and biodiversity for future
generations through research, information exchange and conservation activities, worldwide.
World Bank Group - The World Bank is one of the world's largest sources of development assistance. Its primary focus is on helping the poorest people and the poorest countries. (LakeNet Supporter)
World Commission on Large Dams (WCD) - The World Commision on Dams was born out of the IUCN-World Bank sponsored workshop in Gland, Switzerland in 1997. The two objectives of the Commission were to review the development effectiveness of large dams and assess alternatives, and to develop internationally acceptable criteria for all phases of planning, constructing, operating, monitoring and decommissioning of dams.
World Conservation Union: Wetlands and Water Resources Programme (IUCN) -
World Water Assessment Program
World Water Council
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
WorldFish Center - The WorldFish Center is committed to contributing to food security and poverty eradication in developing countries through research, partnership, capacity building and policy support on living aquatic resources.
WWF Living Waters Programme