WHaTeR: Partners

VU University Amsterdam (VUA)


The Centre for International Cooperation (CIS) is the focal point the VU University Amsterdam for international development cooperation for over 25 years, with about 30 staff members of multiple disciplines and partners all over Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Centre maintains an extensive network and academic cooperation with African institutions through programs like SaVusa (South Africa–VU Strategic Alliances), Desmond Tutu program and SanTrust/SANPAD.

The Centre has been active with research and capacity-building programs since 1992, with projects on soil and water conservation and poverty alleviation (e.g., UNEP/GEF funded project on Stimulating Community Initiatives in Sustainable Land Management (SCI-SLM) in Africa, community-based natural resource management projects, projects on the management of national parks and Transfrontier Conservation Areas in South Africa, capacity building projects through Centre’s Units on Education & Training and Management & Organizational Development and ICT, e.g., bridging programmes for disadvantages communities to enter institutes of higher education in Limpopo Province, teacher training programmes, programmes on institutional strengthening and support systems at universities in South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe).

Main task in WHaTeR project:The Centre’s main task is the coordination and management of the project, website development and maintenance, communication with EC in Brussels (Work Package 1). In addition, the Centre will lead the Water Harvesting Technologies (WHT) revisit reviews and studies (Work Package 2).


The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU University Amsterdam was created in 1971, and has built up considerable experience in dealing with the complexities of environmental issues. It's research community of about 100 staff addresses challenging problems and offers pragmatic and innovative solutions. The institute has repeatedly been evaluated as the best Dutch research group in its field.

IVM has an excellent track record of research in the field of climate change, water management and adaptation. Highly relevant studies for WHaTeR are for example the ADAPTS project, which aims to increase developing countries' adaptive capacities by considering rainwater harvesting and soil and water conservation technologies and the Blue Nile project, which focuses on soil and water conservation and basin management in the Nile.

Main task in WHaTeR project: IVM will lead a thematic Work Package (7) with Research and Technological Development (RTD) activities on Water Harvesting Technologies (WHT) upscaling and uptake, gathering data on barriers and opportunities, and conducting analyses on the basis of which recommendations can be given on the creation of enabling conditions for WHT uptake in regional economic and development plans.


See also:

Centre for International Cooperation (CIS) 

Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)