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UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management was awarded to COMSATS Univertsity, Wah Campus, by the Education Sector at the UNESCO HQ, Paris, vide their letter No. ED/THE/HED/14/024 dated 05 February 2014. The Agreement between UNESCO and COMSATS Univertsity was signed between Director General UNESCO and Rector COMSATS Univertsity (CU) on 06 February 2014 in Islamabad at the office of the Federal Minister for Science and Technology during the Director General’s official visit to Pakistan.

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UNESCO Chair in Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management was established in 2014 at CIIT-Wah, Pakistan. The purpose of the Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on water resources management, facilitating high-level international collaboration for researchers and teaching staff of the university and other institutions in Pakistan with those in other parts of the world. The establishment of the UNESCO Chair is a milestone in the history of CIIT since it can now be ranked among a select group of institutions focusing on water resources management.

  • Goal 5 Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
  • Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation and, in particular, the target to ‘Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources’

These goals will be achieved by capacity building and training (especially disadvantaged groups, including women) in hydro-informatics and sustainable water resources management in trans-boundary context to address the challenge that more than a billion people live under conditions of physical water scarcity and many lack sustainable access to safe drinking water.

  • To increase the skills, capacity, networks and potential of leaders and prospective water managers and policy makers, through a co-ordinated suite of Transboundary IWRM modules addressing key issues in integrated water resource management; and
  • To strengthen and sustain institutional capacity (Pakistan and Africa), by providing a platform for collaboration and institutional development via professional courses, student exchanges, professional internships and flexible learning.
  • To develop tools, case-studies and insights on Transboundary IWRM that extends global knowledge and supports integrated water resource management.

The project will include the following activities:
  • Postgraduate teaching programme focussed on Sustainable Development Goals 6, 13 and 14 through a graduate course in IWRM;
  • Short-term training through a jointly taught (Pakistan/Poland/China and Pakistan/Poland/China/Nigeria) intensive course in trans-boundary water governance;
  • Research through the publications of the UNESCO Chair and project team and partners;
  • Visiting professorship through a short-term scholar exchange program for African and Chinese scholars;
  • Scholarships through the provision of Masters and PhD scholarship on Trans-boundary Water and Sustainable Development; and
  • Institutional development through collaboration with the UNESCO IHP to deliver interactive learning, tools, knowledge sharing and professional water internships.

The project will target the following groups, especially women, as part of its knowledge transfer and capacity building:

  • Students through their participation in post-graduate and also flexible learning courses developed by the project with its partners;
  • Academics through scholarly exchanges and joint research initiatives in knowledge systems for water management; and
  • Professionals through internships and workshops developed by the project partners and also flexible and interactive learning as part of the UNESCO IHP Network.