IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (UNESCO)

University of Dundee
Peters Building,
Dundee DD1 4HN
Scotland, UK

Email: water@dundee.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0) 1382 384451
Fax: +44(0) 1382 388671
Web: www.dundee.ac.uk/water

About the institution:
One of the Centre’s key objectives is to engage water law, policy and science researchers in joined-up new approaches to respond more coherently and completely to water resources management issues. As a founding member of the UNESCO HELP (Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy) programme and the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters, Dundee seeks to be a world leader in advancing innovative operational responses to the water-related challenges of the future. The Centre is also serves as Regional Coordinating Centre for HELP basins based in Europe. The Centre has provided expert input into a variety of interdisciplinary projects including UNECE/UNEP Experts’ Report on Compliance; UNESCO Experts’ Report on Water Law/Conflict/Cooperation; UN WMO Experts Report on Legal Aspects of Integrated Flood Management; UNESCO/DFID Legal Assessment Model; World Bank training modules for Transboundary Water Law; and UNEP Global Environmental Outlook Report (Water Chapter). The Centre participates in two EU FP6 projects BRAHMATWINN AND STRIVER.

Role in LiveDiverse:
WP3 Cooperation with Stakeholders, social groups and NGOs Leader and expertise in national and international legal frameworks, participation and governance implementation.

Key researchers:
Professor Mike Bonell’s original research experience was in shallow groundwater hydrology, catchment process hydrology and rainfall climatology which contributed towards forest and land management issues in tropical Australia. Later multidisciplinary experience was gained whilst in UNESCO though the establishment and providing leadership of the global UNESCO HELP programme (67 basins), in addition to managing the UNESCO FRIEND programme, stimulating an integrated science technical programme (across surface water-groundwater- ecohydrology-use of isotope methods), working with NGOs in the global change and climate change research community.

Dr Alistair Rieu-Clarke’s main area of research involves the analysis of legal frameworks for managing transboundary waters and the development of water governance indicators, and the role of water law within the wider IWRM context. His current activities include acting as principal investigator for the Dundee UNESCO Centre on two EU FP6 twining projects (BRAHMATWINN and STRIVER), and a collaborative project between WWF-International, GWP West Africa and the Dundee UNESCO Center to assess the role and relevance of International Water Law in Europe and Africa.

Mr Andrew Allan’s research interests concern national water allocation frameworks and governance of water resources, and include implementation of IWRM, flood management, participatory irrigation systems and the effectiveness of governance regimes. Most recently, he has provided expert advice to the Government of Kazakhstan on improving the law affecting farmer-managed irrigation systems, and has developed a system of indicators to evaluate the implementation of governance in the context of climate change as part of BRAHMATWINN.

Key publications:
Jim Wallace and Patricia Wouters (eds.), Hydrology and Water Law – Bridging the Gap, (IWA Publishing, London 2005).

Andrew Allan and Patricia Wouters, “What role for Water Law in the emerging “Good Governance” debate?” IMPACT, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol.5, July 2003, 5.

Alistair Rieu-Clarke, “An Analysis of Stakeholder Participation within the Danube Basin – What Current Practice and Future Challenges?,” Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, 18(3) Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy 611 (2007).