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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.

As of 2017, the centre is hosted by the Kazakh government in Astana. It aims to support the implementation and application of the Water Convention, its Protocol on Water and Health and their respective programmes of work. The Centre’s work will focus on Kazakhstan’s neighbouring countries, other Central Asian countries and beyond. IWAC activities will be guided by the principles of neutrality and cooperation, in the best interests of the Water Convention and in accordance with international water law, in order to safeguard credibility, independence and objectivity. Within the overall objective to support accession to and implementation of the Water Convention and its Protocol on Water and Health, the Centre’s terms of reference are very broad and include organizing training courses, promoting the exchange of expertise and good practices related to the work under the Convention and the Protocol, carrying out and/or coordinating studies related to the work under the Convention and the Protocol, contributing to the activities in the Convention’s and Protocol’s programmes of work and drawing up and implementing projects to support implementation of the Convention and the Protocol.
The centre was opened on 7 December 2017. The detailed programme of work of IWAC will be developed in closed cooperation with the concerned countries and the Bureau of the Water Convention.

The Centre was previously hosted from 2000 to 2008 in the Netherlands and from 2009 to 2012 in Slovakia. 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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