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International Office for Water

The INTERNATIONAL OFFICE FOR WATER (IOW) is a non-profit-making Association under the French Law of July 1,1901, state approved by Decree on September 13, 1991.

Its objective is to gather public and private partners involved in water resources management and protection in France, Europe and in the world (bi- and multi-lateral cooperation organizations, ministries, water agencies, local communities, universities, engineering schools, research centers, land development companies, water suppliers and professionals, industrialists, professional associations, non governmental organizations) in order to set up a real partners’ network.

It now comprises 149 member organizations
Since its creation, the French National Water Training Centre (CNFME) has proposed training programmes that meet the objective of enhancing the skills of the staffs involved in the treatment, conservation and management of water resources, a resource that is increasingly sought for and more and more fragile.

  • Countries of operation

    • Algeria
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Myanmar
    • Brazil
    • Cambodia
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Congo-Kinshasa
    • Ivory Coast
    • Ecuador
    • France
    • Guinea
    • Haiti
    • Ireland
    • Kazakhstan
    • Laos
    • Lebanon
    • Madagascar
    • Mali
    • Morocco
    • Mauritania
    • Mexico
    • Uzbekistan
    • Palestinian Territories
    • Peru
    • Congo-Brazzaville
    • Senegal
    • Chad
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey

  • Areas of expertise

    • Access to water
    • Sanitation, hygiene, and rain water
    • Water and energy
    • Risk management
    • Integrated water resources management
    • Water for agriculture
    • Protection and restoration of ecosystems
    • Water quality and combating pollution
  • Type of expertise

    • Decentralized international cooperation
    • Institutional or scientific international cooperation
    • Data and information systems
    • Training, capacity building
    • Participatory and/or local governance
    • Ecological engineering, Nature based solutions
    • Planning and development
  • Key words

    • Rural
    • Urban
    • Surface water (lakes and rivers : fresh water)
    • Groundwater
    • Flood
    • Drought, erosion