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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has introduced a new publication series. The Water Policy Briefing series presents new perspectives and solutions to water problems in developing countries. Each briefing is based on peer-reviewed research that challenges policy makers and planners to think differently about the way water is managed for agriculture.

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council is a leading international organisation that enhances collaboration in the water supply and sanitation sector, specifically in order to attain universal coverage of water and sanitation services for poor people around the world. WSSCC is really a cross between a professional association and an international NGO. It operates with a mandate from the United National General Assembly, but is not affiliated to the UN.

Popline is the world’s largest bibliographic population database. Popline brings together over 280,000 records representing published and unpublished literature in the field of population, family planning, and related health issues. POPLINE is updated twice each month; approximately 10,000 records are added annually. Complete information on the Popline database and how to obtain POPLINE CD-ROM is available on the main Popline web page.

WHO websites on infectious diseases
Many – but certainly not all are related to water

Antimicrobial Resistance Information Bank

Buruli Ulcer

Eradication/Elimination Programmes


Infectious Diseases

International Travel and Health

Intestinal parasites



Newsletter (Action Against Infection)



Rabies network (RABNET)

Report on infectious diseases

Salmonella surveillance network

Surveillance and response

Tropical disease research


Weekly epidemiological record

The UNESCO Water Portal is intended to enhance access to information related to freshwater available on the World Wide Web.The site provides links to the current UNESCO programmes on freshwater and will serve as an interactive point for sharing, browsing and searching websites of water-related organizations, government bodies and NGOs, including a range of categories such as water links, water events, learning modules and other on-line resources.

WaterPartners International is a non-profit organization that addresses the water supply and sanitation needs of people living in developing countries. We promote innovative and cost-effective community water projects that have the greatest chance for long-term success. We help people understand the impact of safe water – life’s most basic commodity – on the quality of life.

The International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management (INPIM) is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to facilitate Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) through the exchange of people, ideas, and training materials.

Golden State, an investment company dedicated to environment related projects, presents this China Environment web site to highlight environmental efforts both at governmental and grass root levels in China. Through this web site, all concerned parties can monitor environment issues and participate in relevant projects.

LakeNet is a global network of individuals and organizations working to conserve and sustainably manage lakes. The LakeNet website includes information on issues such as toxic contamination and invasive species as well as links to sites on specific lakes, lake issues, international organizations, lake-related conferences and jobs.

AquaChlor “We manufacture a simple device that generates sodium hypochlorite from common table salt and electricity either from an A/C source or solar photo voltaic cells. From as little as US$0.50/day a village can be safe from cholera, hepatitis, diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases. We have hundreds of units operating in 25 countries with users like WHO, PAHO, USAID,CARE, PSI, CDC, ADRA, Doctors without Borders and UNICEF. The use of this technology may greatly contribute to the general health of poor rural areas. Our systems are also used in emergency situations and disaster areas as well as in refugee camps.”Top

South and Southern Africa

Home Page of the Minister of Water Affairs & Forestry, South Africa

Home Page of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry

Water Research Commission
A statutory organisation instituted according to the Water Research Act.

InterWater – (formerly Wendy)
Water supply and Environmental Sanitation Electronic Network for Developing Country’s Needs. INTERWATER is a collaborative electronic network of partner institutions in the water and sanitation sector, operating under the auspices of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. It acts as a gateway to sources of water and sanitation information which are accessible through the Internet. Undertaken by the Pollution Research Group of University of Natal, Durban, together with the Department of Civil Engineering, of University of Durban Westville.

Computing Centre for Water Research
The CCWR was founded in an attempt to contribute towards the goal of effective water research.

The Mvula Trust
Promoting safe and sustainable water and sanitation services to South Africa’s disadvantaged communities.

Water Wise
run by Rand Water

Umgeni Water
the largest water authority in the KwaZulu-Natal Region of South Africa and is centered around the Greater Durban and Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan areas. The organisation is involved in a broad range of water services, but its core business lies in bulk storage, treatment and supply of water to towns and cities in its area.

Water Supply – Local Government – Durban – South Africa
The water service in the Durban Metropolitan area.

Lesotho Highlands Water Project
A project to store and transfer water through a series of dams and tunnels from Lesotho to South Africa.

The Contact Trust is a not-for-profit independent organisation that aims to contribute towards the development of a culture of participatory democracy in South Africa. Contact’s focus is on natural resource policy and legislation.Top

Other Water Link Pages

The World Water Water Links page.

Life Water Canada
A very useful list of links.

Universities Water Information Network

Hydrology-Related Internet Resources
This list is maintained at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Environmental Technology Division (ETD). Submission form available to have servers or organizations listed.

The World Water Council
A comprhensive and well presented list of related links.

The International Rivers Network
Linking Human Rights and Environmental Protection. The IRN supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds. We work to halt destructive river development projects, and to encourage equitable and sustainable methods of meeting needs for water, energy and flood management.

The Climate Ark is a Climate Change Portal and Internet Search Tool that provides access to a huge amount of reviewed climate change and alternative energy news and information.

International and Bi-Lateral Agencies

The World Bank

World BankHelp Desk.
The World Bank and the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) have expanded their Help Desk locations to provide a 24-hour advisory service to respond to global and regional requests for information from professionals in the water supply and sanitation sector.

Water and Sanitation Program
An international partnership to help the poor gain sustained access to improved water supply and sanitation services

Forum: Water & War International Committee of the Red Cross
Combining hard fact and creative thinking, this first issue of FORUM published by the International Committee of the Red Cross tackles war and water issues from around the world including water as a potential source of conflict or as an essential part of survival, the role of humanitarian programmes, the long-term effects of decaying infrastructures and how communities cope in the aftermath of war.

UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

UNICEF Home Page
United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF is actively involved in the water and environmental sanitation sector in Africa as these issues impact heavily on child health and development.

Visit the UNICEF Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Site.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in October 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. Today, FAO is the largest autonomous agency within the United Nations system.

An initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the objective of which is to generate rural water use data at country level in a systematic manner. Priority has been given to the countries of the African continent, in view of the urgent need to promote irrigation development for food security in most countries of the continent.

Water Resources, Development and Management Services
The Land and Water Development Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – one of the Divisions of the Agriculture Department.

Environmental Health Project (EHP)
The Environmental Health Project (EHP) is sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development. EHP assists USAID Missions and development organizations to address environment related health problems. EHP focuses on the prevention of three diseases: other acute infections, diarrheal diseases, and malaria. EHP also provides technical assistance in the areas of water supply, respiratory sanitation, wastewater, and air pollution.solid waste.

United Nations Environment Programme GEMS/WATER
UNEP Global Environment Monitoring System Collaborating Centre for Freshwater Monitoring and Assessment. This page is operated by the National Water Research Institute of Environment Canada. The GEMS/Water programme is a multi-faceted water science programme oriented towards understanding freshwater quality issues throughout the world. Major activities include monitoring, assessment, and capacity building. The implementation of the GEMS/Water programme involves several United Nations agencies active in the water sector as well as a number of organizations around the world.

World Weather Watch
The core of the World Meteorological Organization Programmes, combines observing systems, telecommunication facilities and data-processing centres – operated by Members – to make available meteorological and related geophysical information needed to provide efficient services in all countries.

International Association for Environmental Hydrology

FAO/UNESCO Water Balance of Africa
Exercises on Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources for Africa prepared by David R. Maidment and Seann M. Reed.

Land and Water Homepage
The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations Land and Water Development Division Homepage.

DFID Home Page
This used to be the site of the British ODA, the aid wing of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Since the change of government in Britian in May 1997, this page is under re-construction.

Water Conflict Prevention Program.
“Green Cross works to prevent conflicts in water-stressed regions. We promote informed and participatory decision-making, regional cooperation and the integrated management of land and water resources at the basin level. Green Cross contributes to the prevention and resolution of actual and potential conflicts by convening people representing all sectors of affected communities to shape solutions together.”

World Water Council:
The International Water Policy Think Tank

Global Water Partnership
During recent years an international consensus has emerged on fundamental principles for water resources management. These principles were endorsed in 1992 at conferences on water and the environment in Dublin and Rio de Janeiro. To help translate these principles into practice the Global Water Partnership (GWP) was formally established at a founding meeting in Stockholm in August 1996. The Partnership is an international network open to all parties involved in water resources management, e.g. governments of developing as well as developed countries, UN agencies, multilateral banks, professional associations, research organisations, the private sector and NGO’s

GESI Global Environmental Sanitation Initiative

SKAT Swiss Centre for Development Cooperation in Technology and Management – Check the Water and sanititation section.

(1977) is a foundation whose aim it is to supply technical and organizational support to improve the position of poor and disadvantaged people and to offer them possibilities to enhance their independence. SAWA tries to achieve this goal by providing assistance in the development of human and natural resources and organisations, by giving support to the NGO and Governmental sector, and by building up an independent local consultancy capacity.SAWA operates mainly in countries in need of rehabilitation after an armed conflict or a disaster, and in countries in transition.

Research, Institutes and Universities

The International Water Law Research Institute
(IWLRI), Department of Law, University of Dundee, Scotland promotes academic research, postgraduate teaching, advisory services and professional training in the area of international and national law of water resources. As part of its international programme, the IWLRI convenes annual seminars on International and National Water Law and Policy.

Cranfield University Policy and Legislation Institute
“Developing holistic scientific, technical and management solutions that meet the opportunities and challenges of prevailing and emerging policy and legislation. Formulating scientifically, technically, socially institutionally and economically, sound, effective and implementable policy and legislation.”

Pacific Institute for Studies
The Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security is an independent, non-profit center created in 1987 to conduct research and policy analysis in the areas of environment, sustainable development, and international security.

Environmental Justice Resources on the Internet
Extensive lists of resources at the local, national and international level, including institutional sites, reports, and relevant legal texts.

The World’s Water
A site dedicated to providing up-to-date water information and data, and web connections to organizations, institutions, and individuals working on a wide range of global freshwater problems and solutions.

Department of Hydrology – Hydrological Research Unit
The Department of Hydrology was formed in 1986 to undertake the training and development of hydrologists and to support other scientific disciplines in related subjects (hydrometerology computer applications in database management, GIS and cartography) at the University of Zululand. In 1993 Hydrology and Geology amalgamated and in 1995 the Hydrology became responsible for developing the University Computer Network as well as the teaching of Computer Applications and Information Technology courses.

Institute for Water Research
The Institute for Water Research is based at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. The principal interests of the Institute for Water Research are the preservation, conservation, management and control of water. One vital project focuses on the threat posed by the use of river and estuary water for domestic, agricultural and industrial supply, and for effluent removal. Another concentrates on computer simulation studies of water systems.

International Water Law Project
The International Water Law Project website was created to provide information and links on international water law and policy and related topics. As the subject continues to develop, and as additional resources become available, this site will seek to offer updated information.

Welcome to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
IDRC is a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research. IDRC also maintains information networks and forges linkages that allow Canadians and their Southern partners to benefit equally from a global sharing of knowledge.

GARNET is a mechanism for information exchange in the water supply and sanitation sector using low-cost, informal networks of researchers, practitioners and funders of research

About WEDC
Water, Engineering and Development Centre at Loughborough University in the UK. WEDC is concerned with education, training, research and consultancy for the planning, provision and management of physical infrastructure for development in low- and middle-income countries. Sign on to WEDC’s Information email service and keep up to date with WEDC news, courses and functions.

Delft Hydraulics’ Home Page

Environmental Law
Part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library and maintained by the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington. The list of links is fully searchable as well as being arranged alphabetically.

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
General information

UCOWR Home Page
The Universities Council on Water Resources is a professional organization of universities united to encourage education and research in water resources ( history and goals ). UCOWR has over ninety member universities with over four hundred delegates. UCOWR convenes its annual conference every August. The organization is guided by a Board of Directors, a strategic plan, and By Laws, and a system of committees. The Warren A. Hall Medal is awarded annually be the organization. One of the interests for Africans in the Water sector may be the information on the international programmes, particularly the Fulbright Awards.

UWIN: Universities Water Information Network
The Universities Water Information Network disseminates information of interest to the water resources community and all concerned with our water resources. UWIN is housed at the Headquarters of the Universities Council on Water Resources at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. UWIN is funded through a grant from the United States Geological Survey and is part of their outreach efforts to the water resources community.

Hydrologic Modeling using GIS
Center for Research in Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin.

SOAS: Geography: Water Issues Group
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Staff, graduate students and associated researchers in the group focus on fresh water as a key global renewable natural resource.

The Pollution Research Group (PRG)
“The Pollution Research Group (PRG) is a group in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. We are dedicated to the application of chemical engineering principles in the solution of environmental problems. The mainstay of our research has been directed at water and wastewater management. Special emphasis has been given to industrial effluents, clean technologies, waste minimisation, closed loop recycling and treatment of organic contaminants using sonochemistry. This has lead to expertise in separation technologies and especially the application of membrane techniques.”

Fifteen university departments and training institutes from nine countries in Southern and Eastern Africa met in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 1-4 March 2000, and established a regional network known as WaterNet.

General Water Sites

The US Geological Survey has recently released its latest education-based web site called “Water Science for Schools.” The site is available for students aged 9-90 and for anyone who want to find out more about the many aspects of water, from what it is to how we use it.

EcoIQ Water & Wastewater is focused on environmental management, local government, and creating a sustainable future.

Lifewater Canada
Lifewater Canada is a non-profit organization of people from across Canada who are bound together by a common desire to ensure that people everywhere have access to adequate supplies of safe water.

Virtual Library irrigation
Provides links and information to servers and sites holding information relevant to irrigation and hydrology. Set up by the Department of Rural Engineering and Natural Resource Protection / FG Kulturtechnik und Ressourcenschutz, University of Kassel.

Glossary of Water Resource Terms

Water FAQ
Categories of Frequently Asked Questions about Water set up H2O 4 U located in Sioux City, Iowa, USA.

Other Environmental Resources on the Net
Some links to other sites providing information on the Edwards Aquifer, the environment, and natural resources.

A Practical Handbook of Uses for Water Hyacinth from Across the World

Water hyacinth is seen as a destructive menace, but a new book describes how it can be controlled and utilised with positive results for the environment and local communities.

Regional and Country Specific Sites

The Water Utility Partnership for Capacity Building in Africa (WUP)
A joint Programme initiated by the Union of African Water Suppliers (UAWS) – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Regional Centre for Low Cost Water and Sanitation (CREPA); Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and the Centre for Training, Research and Networking for Development (TREND) – Kumasi, Ghana. Though established in 1995, the programme was launched in 1996 with the support of the World Bank.

Un-Urban Water
Water management is the focus of this network and web domain. It aims to help members adopt and adapt water management practices and will enable practitioners, managers and researchers to share data, information and knowledge.

Environmental Management and Research Association of Malaysia (ENSEARCH)
Formed in 1984, is a non-profit making professional organisation of all those who are interested in the field of environmental research and management, and is recognised by the Malaysian Government.

Malaysian Water Association
“To promote synergy and enhance knowledge and good practices within the Malaysian water and wastewater industries to enable them to achieve their corporate goals and hence contribute effectively towards creating national competitiveness and success.”

United States Geological Survey Home Page

U.S. Water News Homepage

CSIRO Division of Water Resources
The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – the nation’s largest government scientific research agency.

American Water Resources Association
The mission of the American Water Resources Association is to promote understanding of water resources and related issues by providing a multidisciplinary forum for education, professional development and information exchange.

Canadian Water Resources Association
The Canadian Water Resources Association is a national organization of individuals and organizations interested in the management of Canada’s water resources. It has branch organizations in most of the 10 provinces and members in all provinces and the two territories. Its history can be traced to 1947 when the first meeting was held in Lethbridge, Alberta as the Western Canada Reclamation Association.

Middle East Water Information Network
MEWIN is an international, non-profit, professional association founded with the assistance of the Ford Foundation in 1994 by a group of leading water specialists from nations of the Middle East, Europe, and North America. MEWIN’s purpose is to improve the management and conservation of water resources in the Middle East, to promote the peaceful, cooperative use of this vital resource, motivate sound environmental planning in the region, and to encourage the sharing and exchange of information and data which is deemed essential to the achievement of all of MEWIN’s goals.
The leading African internet portal that provides information about African countries in the various sectors of Economy, Agriculture, Mining, Business, Investment, Travel, Environment, Swahili, Women, Education and News. We provide comprehensive information on Africa, which we reckon to be very valuable for foreign investors and other information seekers interested in African continent. has recently been named the top African Public Information Website by the United Nations Educational Sciences and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Software and Commercial Sites

Sanitation Connection
An Internet-based resource that gives you access to accurate, reliable and up-to-date information on technologies, institutions and financing of sanitation systems around the world. Institutions of international standing contribute to the information base by providing and maintaining a topic of their specialization.

Brazil-UK Information Services is developed by John Kolodziejski. Its aim is to provide expertly and enthusiastically researched business information, including information on Brazil’s water industry.

BOSS International USA
A recognized world leader in the field of civil & environmental engineering software, offering state-of-the-art software programs for professionals in the fields of hydraulics, hydrology, water resources, groundwater modeling and surface modeling. Offices in the USA, EUROPE and ASIA.

Scientific Software Corporation
“Look over our currently available Groundwater, Surface-Water, Air Pollution, Bioremediation, Watershed, Geology, and other Environmental software products.”

The Environmental & Related Software Distribution Center offer environmental and related software from various companies around the world. It is the mission of the Center to make Environmental Related Software readily available to as many users as possible.