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UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security

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The UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security at the Institute of Water and Environment is charged with bringing together research and education to address regional, national and global water security issues, through innovative interdisciplinary research and partnerships for sustainability.

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2018 Water and Environment Security Conference

This conference took place on September 17 and 18, 2018, and formally launched the newest UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security and address water challenges around the world.

Dr. Maria C. Donoso has been selected as Chair-holder. Under the guidance and coordination of the Chair-holder, the Chair is to serve as a vehicle to further expand and share the experience gained over the last decade by InWE in water security and sustainability through programs such as GLOWS (Global Water for Sustainability), led by FIU and executed in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Caucasus. Contact Dr. Donoso

Coordinating Unit and Host: Institute of Water and Environment

Co-hosts: Applied Research Center, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy

Advisory Board | Theme Coordination Committee

Today, water systems are faced with several challenges, which can be categorized as technical, institutional, political, financial and information-related. These challenges are compounded by global and regional change pressures and associated risks and uncertainties. Water security is an increasing concern particularly to the developing world, considering population growth, uncontrolled urban expansion, increased water infrastructure decay, land use changes, water quality degradation, growing impact of extreme hydrological events and other effects of global change.

In effectively dealing with complex, rapid environmental and demographical changes and challenges, holistic, multidisciplinary and environmentally sound approaches to water resources management and protection policy need to be sought to attain sustainability. Furthermore, the deterioration of hydraulic infrastructure is requiring a level of investment which poses a challenge even to developing countries and is critically impacting the sustainability of water security enterprises and operations.

Despite these challenges, there are opportunities to be tapped effectively to transform unsustainable water systems to sustainable. Some of the key opportunities include: strategic planning processes, integrated water management, sustainable, flexible and resilient technologies, emerging economic development, emerging urban centers in developing countries and green economy (UNESCO IHP Strategy, 2012).

Read more about IHP-VIII: Water Security or learn more on the challenges and actions undertaken by UNESCO to attain water security by visiting the UNESCO Water Portal.


Dr. Maria Concepcion Donoso
UNESCO Chair-holder
Co-Director, International Programs
Institute of Water and Environment – InWE
Florida International University
3000 NE 151st St., AC1 208
North Miami, FL 33181 USA
Tel. +1-305-919-4115