UNESCO Chair in Human-Water Systems

Event Type
Bonn Water Network Event

Online, 18.05.2021


Bonn Water Network, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

A key challenge for sustainable water management and thus sustainable development as a whole is the complexity of human-water-systems. Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and the targeted processing of research results are central for a better understanding and sustainable implementation of knowledge. This is where the new UNESCO Chair in Human-Water-Systems wants to contribute.
The UNESCO chair is headed by Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers. Her team emphasizes research on human-water-systems, hydrological risks and uncertainty, eco-hydrology and inter- and transdisciplinary methods with a geographical focus in Europe, South East Asia, West- and East Africa.

With the establishment of this Chair in Bonn, 14 UNESCO Chairs in Germany now contribute to the implementation of the Global Sustainability Agenda. In the global network of UNESCO Chairs, over 750 Chairs in more than 110 countries cooperate to anchor UNESCO's goals in science and education. They distinguish themselves through outstanding research and teaching in UNESCO's fields of work. The principles of their work include international networking, especially in the North-South collaboration and the promotion of intercultural dialogue. UNESCO Chairs contribute worldwide to creating, disseminating and applying knowledge to promote sustainable development.

During the event, participants will learn about the UNESCO family in general and the profile and planned activities of UNESCO Chair in Human-Water-Systems.




Welcome address and introduction

  • Dr. Luna Bharati (International Water Management Institute), co-spokesperson Bonn Water Network


Welcome by German Commission for UNESCO

  • Dr. Lutz Möller (Deputy Secretary-General, German Commission for UNESCO)


Introduction to the UNESCO Chair in Human-Water Systems

  • Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers, chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Human-Water Systems at the Institute of Geography, University of Bonn


Presentation of the chair team, their research areas and projects

  • Members of Prof. Evers’ chair team, Institute of Geography, research group in Ecohydrology & Water resources management


Statement and Input from the International Centre for Water Research and Global Change under the auspices of UNESCO

  • Dr. Marianela Fader, Deputy Director of the International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (UNESCO), Koblenz


Q&A, Discussion

  • Moderation by Dr. Luna Bharati (International Water Management Institute), co-spokesperson Bonn Water Network


Closing remarks and thanks

  • Dr. Luna Bharati (International Water Management Institute), co-spokesperson Bonn Water Network

The Bonn Water Network consists of ten renowned institutions with longstanding experience on water and related issues: the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC); Bonn University with its Institute of Geography (GIUB) holding the UNESCO Chair in Human Water Systems, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health (IHPH); the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); the IUCN Environmental Law Center; the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and three Bonn-based UN institutions: the United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-Habitat/GWOPA).

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