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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.


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.
  • Groundwater Summit : Research based Activity, date will be announced.
  • Survey : Identification of Groundwater Potential Zone using GIS/Remote Sensing Techniques

UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management, CUI Wah Campus celebrations of the World Water Day 2022 with a theme "Groundwater: Making the invisible visible” for strengthen the capacity building and spread awareness among community is going to organize following activities for students, faculty members and professionals

List of Activities Category Event Description Tentative Date
1 Mathematical Olympiad 2022 Competition The objective of this competition is to encourage students to develop mathematical skill, reasoning, and logical thinking, to recognize outstanding achievements and to promote academic excellence among participating students March 12 - 25, 2022
2 Seminar on Monitoring Climate Extreme Events through Remote Sensing and Modeling Seminar Following will cover
  • Extreme climate events
  • Agriculture–needs, losses and sustainability
  • Extreme climate events will affect food production
  • Tools to Understand Extreme climate event
  • Omics and artificial intelligence potential options
March 31, 2022
3 Poster Competition on theme: Groundwater: Making invisible visible Competition A poster competition is organizing to raise awareness about groundwater, which is an important source of fresh water. March 31, 2022
4 Identification of Groundwater Potential Zone using GIS/Remote Sensing Techniques Survey In this study, an integrated concept will be used to identify the groundwater potential zones in Pakistan using remote sensing, geographic information system, and analytic hierarchy process (AHP). February - September 2022
5 Groundwater Summit Seminar Research based Activity will be announced
6 One Day Training Workshop on Hydrological Modelling Application of SWAT & HMS Models Training /Workshop Based on hydrologic models are particularly useful tools for investigating the many practical issues that arise during the planning, design, operation, and management of water resource systems October 2022
7 One Day Workshop on GIS Application and Spatial Data Analysis for Ground Water and Surface Water Management (Nov/Dec 2022) Workshop The main objective of this workshop is to shed light on GIS and Remote Sensing application in water resources management November/December 2022

In addition to above activities, Seminars / Lectures will be adjusted as required

The UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), COMSATS University Islamabad, Wah Campus focusing on adaptation of SDGs since its inception in year 2014. The Chair is engaged in providing higher education (undergraduate and graduate level) in the fields of IT, Engineering, Sciences and Management Sciences without any gender discrimination.

The UNESCO Chair (IWRM), COMSATS University Islamabad, Wah Campus is actively contributing its role in providing a platform to all stakeholders for achieving better and more sustainable future at local, national and international levels. Engaged in spreading knowledge through organizing webinars, seminars, conferences, competitions and awareness activities and providing quality education towards eradication of poverty. Scholarships based on merit and need based awarded to deserving students for achieving sustainable development objectives to fight against Poverty and empowering girls with providing equal opportunities to excel.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA) and are intended to bring peace and prosperity globally to all people by the year 2030. The 17 SDGs are:

Details of some activities conducted during Jan – Dec 2021 are mentioned below:

Climate –Change activities