The Institute for Water Resources and the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INDRHI) of the Dominican Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic. The primary purpose of the agreement is to facilitate cooperation between the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), hosted by IWR, and the Centro para la Gestión Sostenible de los Recursos Hídricos en los Estados Insulares del Caribe (Centre for the Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Caribbean Island States (CEHICA)), hosted by INDRHI.
About the Memorandum of Understanding
Signed: June 30, 2011
- Francisco T. Rodriguez, Executive Director (INDRHI)
- Robert A. Pietrowsky, Director (IWR)
Purpose: The agreement documents the shared intent of INDRHI and IWR, working primarily through CEHICA and ICIWaRM respectively, to cooperate in the advancement of integrated water resources management, related interdisciplinary scientific and policy research, and in education, training and capacity-building for developing countries, including Small Island Developing States.
Terms: The MOU reflects the joint interest in pursuing cooperative opportunities in areas such as:
- Integrated water resources management
- Interactions among land, water and people
- Water policy and institutions
- Effects of climate change and variability on water resources
- Prevention of overexploitation and saline intrusion of surface- and groundwater
- Hydrologic data management
- Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling
- Capacity building
About the Centre for the Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Caribbean Island States (CEHICA)
The Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INDRHI) of the Dominican Republic is committed to the establishment of a water centre for sustainable development in Central America and the Caribbean (CEHICA) and to networking and cooperation for research in water resources throughout the Caribbean. CEHICA is an organization under the auspices of UNESCO. Its missions are to organize, direct and regulate hydrologic and hydraulic studies and works in national basins, and evaluation of water resources in international basins.