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International Water Assessment Centre

The International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC) was established as a collaborative centre of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) at the second meeting of the Parties (March, 2000) under the leadership of the Netherlands. Since then IWAC proved to be an effective operational arm of the Convention and its Protocols, which helped to transform these instruments’ obligations into concrete action on the ground.

Following the offer of the Government of Slovakia to host IWAC at the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute., IWAC was formally inaugurated on 7 April 2009 in Bratislava and the Memorandum of Understanding on IWAC between the Slovak Government and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on IWAC has been signed on the same date.

In 2010-2012 IWAC focused its work on supporting pilot projects and providing input to the preparation of the second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters. Other tasks included capacity-building and communication activities.

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The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute completed its hosting of IWAC in 2012.