Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy. http://www.unesco.org/water/ihp/help To deliver social, economic and environmental benefit to stakeholders through sustainable and appropriate use of water by directing hydrological science towards improved integrated catchment management basins.
To deliver social, economic and environmental benefit to stakeholders through sustainable and appropriate use of water by directing hydrological science towards improved integrated catchment management basins
and Process hydrology
HELP aims to consolidate experimental hydrology to improve existing models
Develop strategic and innovative science which build on managers and policy-makers concerns
There are 5 categories of criteria:
- Suitability of the proposing organisation and the basin for inclusion
in the programme
- Relevance of the stated purpose to the HELP programme
- Adequacy and feasibility of the proposed activities
- Confirmation of commitment to provide resources and cooperation
- Contribution to promoting HELP values
The detailed criteria are available at
Teams of scientists (natural, social, economic, political) stakeholders, managers, policy and decision makers.
Focusing on “needs driven” water related issues and research.
International platform for basin experiences (comparing/sharing).
Contribution towards IWRM.Who are we?
The scientific environment. stakeholders, managers, policy and decision makers.
The stakeholder community.
Facilitates inter-institutional collaboration at national and international level.
Contribution to international programmes.Who benefits from HELP?
Only international programme that is a catchment based activity which is interfacing scientific research with stakeholders needs.
Includes scientists, stakeholders, policy-makers, lawyers.
Provides options as against imposing solutions.
Providing/testing/implementing and improving solutions.
Sharing experiences across a global network of basins.
HELP is a field orientated scientific programme taking a “bottom-up” approach.
It goes beyond... IWRM
... A scientific programme per se
… An environmental programme per se
… Just policy on paper
Dialogue with stakeholders needs driven.What makes HELP unique?
A Pilot phase of 25 basins (2001-2004) activity which is interfacing scientific research with stakeholders needs.
A global network of 67 basins (July 2004 onwards)
Conferences and workshops:
1st HELP Int. Symposium Kalmar (Sweden) 2002
Dundee (Scotland, UK), Int. Conf. on Water Policy and Law interfaces with science, 2001 and 2004
Expert planning group for Integrated Science 2002-2003
1st Expert workshop on transport and fate of diffuse organic contaminants in catchments with special emphasis on stable isotope applications, December 2004 in GSF Munich, Germany
HELP Session at the 3rd WWF, “Towards Integrated Catchment Management: Increasing the Dialogue between Scientists, Policy-makers and Stakeholders”, Shiga, Japan, March 2003What has been achieved so far?
-- Impact of reforestation-afforestation of degraded lands in the Western Ghats, India.
-- Tropical Forest Hydrology Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, July 2000
-- Shiga declaration on Forest and Water, November 2002)
HELP design and implementation strategy, 2001
UNESCO IHP Series Technical Documents in Hydrology (38): 46 p. Yamaguchi, A. and Wesselink, A., 2000. An overview of selected policy documents on water resources management that contributed to the design of HELP (Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy).
Article in AWRA journal, 2003
Special Issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development (Vol.20, no.3) September 2004
CUP Book late 2004
Planned book on Water Law and Policy: “The role of hydrological information in water law and policy: current practice and future potential.” published by IWAWhat has been achieved so far?
Implementation Structure CGIAR-CIFOR)
Strategic level: Global Coordinating Unit – GCU, longer term vision.
Tactical level: establishment of Regional Coordinating Units – RCUs, over next few years for day-to-day regional coordination of HELP catchment activities.
Implementation level: undertaken at the basin scale.
Global Secretariat for strategic coordination to support establishment of Regional Coordination Units (RCU).
Assessment and review of the global implementation of HELP progress.
Workshops, networking, dissemination.
Sponsorship / fundraising.Key functions of the Global Secretariat
Strategic planning & implementation. establishment of Regional Coordination Units (RCU).
Assessment & review.
Promotion and communication of HELP.
Developing genuine collaborative linkages with other programmes and search for extrabudgetary funds and support of HELP.
Identify HELP basinsscience needs.Global Secretariat
Key functions continued
HELP and Science: e.g. establishment of Regional Coordination Units (RCU).
Strong focus on lateral fluxes, (quantity and quality) viz
Water quality processes
Extreme events (high/low flows)
Surface water- groundwater interactionsWhere are we heading?
Note: The systematic areas of surface water, groundwater and ecohydrological components of the IHP will contribute to HELP in the field.
Challenges establishment of Regional Coordination Units (RCU).
How does one implement HELP across the spectrum of socio-economic and socio-cultural contexts ?
How does one dialogue with stakeholders ?
How does one undertake the necessary scientific research where basin scientific infrastructure is lacking ?
How does one address scientific gaps within the Water and Food policy issue ?
How does one interface the water law and policy and science ?Where are we heading?
HELP Programme Planning establishment of Regional Coordination Units (RCU).
Int. Sc Integrated monitoring and modeling. Italy establishment of Regional Coordination Units (RCU).
Int. Sc. Extreme Hydrological Events. Poland
Int. Symp. on HELP in Southern Hemisphere
Int. Sc. Testing the Integrated Science Initiative at a Specific Location Northern Ireland UK- Irish Rep.
Int. Sc. Chemical and Hydrobiological role of wetlands. Spain
Symp. L’Eau en Montagne,gestion intégrée des hauts bassins versants. Megève. France
Dundee Water Law Symp.
Int. Sc. Groundwater – Surface Water Interaction and N2 transport Oxford UK
Meeting on Dialogue between scientists and stakeholders.
HELP Session, 4th WWF. Mexico
NATO- CCMS-HELP Vancouver. Canada
Integrated. Science Workshop on Transport and Fate of organic Contaminants GSF Munich
Climate vulnerability index workshop in collaboration with CEH and CPWC, selected N/S.american basins.
NATO- CCMS. Portugal and Morocco
Southern Hemisphere Symp. steering commitee
HELP session in SAHRA Transboundary waters symp. Tucson Arizona. Nov. 18
Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) UK-HELP workshop, Oxford. November 1.
Joint IHP HELP IAHS-PUB planning group. Brazil
Int. Conf. On Int. Assess. Wat. Res. Global Change Joint GWSP GLOWA HELP Bonn
RELU Science symp. January 19-21. UK
Fostering research on HELP action areas establishment of Regional Coordination Units (RCU).
Encouraging participation and involvement of stakeholders in HELP by example
Enabling exchanges / Twinning
Develop strategic plan: verifiable KPIs
Knowing the basins including state of art of HELP