Useful Resources and Links

Check out the expandable sections below for resources related to international waters, water conflict management and transformation, and other water related databases and blogs.


Afghanistan Waters Portal
Afghanistan Waters Portal is an informational platform that facilitates access to knowledge, efforts, initiatives, resources and human capital on Afghanistan’s transboundary waters.

Dam Impacts Database - Oregon State University
The database contains a sample of more than 500 dams from most of the world’s major river systems, with information on social and ecological impacts. The information is geo-coded, and users can access it via an interactive map.

Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators Service (ENTRI)
ENTRI is a comprehensive online search service for finding information about environmental treaties and national resource indicators.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Legal Database
FAOLEX contains treaties, laws and regulations on food, agriculture and renewable natural resources world-wide. FAOLEX also maintains a thematic collection of national water legislation.

History Revealed
Primary data resources of imagery and ephemera organized by continent.

International Environmental Agreements Database
This database aims to create a systematic and comprehensive catalog of all intergovernmental environmental agreements, providing environmental negotiators, treaty secretariats, scholars, students, and interested citizens with a reliable list of all historic and current IEAs.

International River Law Network
The IRLN hosts the Basin Rights of International Rivers, which proposes a basin rights model based on nature's rights for the ecosystem, human rights for the basin population, and water rights for each basin state.

International Water Law Project
The International Water Law Project provides information on international water law and policy, including treaties, articles, news stories, case law, Internet links, and other relevant information.

International Wildlife Law Database
This site contains a searchable database of over 500 current and historic wildlife treaties and related documents.

Inventory of Shared Water Resources in Western Asia
A UN-led effort to comprehensively assess the state and evolution of transboundary surface and groundwater resources in the Middle East. The inventory contains 9 surface water and 17 groundwater chapters that systematically address hydrology, hydrogeology, water resources development and use, international water agreements and transboundary water management efforts.

North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation: Transboundary Agreements Infobase
The CEC's Transboundary Agreements Infobase gives Internet users free and unrestricted access to agreements and treaties on transboundary environmental cooperation in North America.

Transboundary Water Management Database (broken link)
This actor-based database draws on information collected through a mapping project conducted by Stockholm International Water Institute Swedish Water House in 2011. It gives a snapshot of the activities, processes, projects and tools used by actors working with various transboundary water issues.

UNESCO-IHP Water Information Network System (IHP-WINS)
IHP-WINS is an interactive platform that provides users with GIS data on the state of water resources at the global, regional, national and local level, allowing users to visualize and generate maps.

US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service
Contains information on crop health through global precipitation data by region and information on reservoir and lake levels.

WaterLex Legal Database
The database and research provided by Waterlex includes water law and policy frameworks for human rights compliance and sustainability.


Arid Lands Newsletter
The newsletter explores events and issues of interest to arid lands researchers, resource managers, and policy makers around the globe.

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES)
OES coordinates U.S. international oceans, environmental and health policy, integrating U.S. domestic interests with geopolitical concerns.

Center for Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
The center specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.

Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science
The Centre for Water Law, Policy, and Science at the University of Dundee under the auspices of UNESCO promotes academic research, postgraduate teaching, advisory services and professional training in the area of international and national law of water resources.

Colorado River Commission of Nevada - Water Division
The Commission represents Nevada when dealing with issues regarding management of the Colorado River. This site also provides links to documents published by the Commission- “ Laws of the rivers-The legal regimes of major interstate river systems of the United States\" and \"World’s major rivers-An Introduction to international water law with case studies.\"

Conflict Over Natural Resources (IRDC)
Learn about the projects at the International Development Research Centre (IRDC) that examine different approaches to resolving natural resource conflicts.

Environment, Conflict and Cooperation Platform (ECC)
The ECC-Platform provides information on the way in which environmental degradation and resource scarcity lead to conflicts and security threats, and how cooperation and sustainable development can contribute to peace and stability. The aim is to foster exchange and networks on this topic among stakeholders.

Environmental Peacebuilding Global Knowledge Platform & Community of Practice
Established by the Environmental Law Institute, the United Nations Environment Programme, the University of Tokyo, and McGill University, the Knowledge Platform is a source for global information on issues relating to natural resources, conflict, and peace. The site hosts numerous publications, perspectives from leaders in the field, and a curated list of relevant international news items and blog posts on natural resources and conflict.

EROS Data Center (EDC)
The EDC stores, processes, and distributes a variety of data, including cartographic, satellite, remote sensing and aircraft data.

HydroSHEDS (World Wildlife Fund)
WWF's Conservation Science Program is currently developing a new and innovative global hydrological database, termed HydroSHEDS. For many parts of the world these data and the tools built to use them will open up a range of previously inaccessible analyses and applications related to freshwater conservation and environmental planning.

International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC)
IGRAC is a UNESCO centre that specializes in regional and transboundary assessments and monitoring of groundwater resources. IGRAC hosts the Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS), which is a web-based Geographic Information System, which supports the storage, visualisation, analysis and sharing of groundwater data and information through map-based modules.

Institute for Water and Watersheds, Oregon State University (OSU)
The IWW is Oregon's federally-designated water resources research institute.

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
IWMI works with partners in the South to develop tools and methods to help these countries eradicate poverty and ensure food security through more effective management of their water and land resources.

Managing Global Issues (MGI) Information Network
The Network is a free, on-line, searchable database designed to enlarge the international community of scholars and practitioners interested in the comparative analysis of global issues management.

NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) - Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs)
NASA's EOSDIS has a distributed system for hosting EOS mission data including hydrologic cycle data, precipitation, land cover, and many other land, sea, atmospheric, and social datasets. This page contains links to the various DAAC hosting sites.

Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE)
GCSE promotes an approach to environmental science that integrates interdisciplinary research; scientific assessment, communication of science-based information to decision makers and the general public, and environmental education.

Netherlands Water Partnership
Netherlands Water Partnership is a network of water-related organizations, issues, people and news. Their work internationally can be found at the Dutch Water Sector.

Pacific Institute
The Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security is an independent, non-profit center created in 1987 to conduct research and policy analysis in the areas of environment, sustainable development, and international security.

United Nations Environment Programme: Global Resources Information Database (UNEP-GRID)
UNEP-GRID Sioux Falls is the North American Node of UNEP's Global Resource Information Database. It is in the forefront of providing information technology tools such as remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data management and advanced Internet technologies to address sustainable development issues. Further data and information can be found at the GRID-Geneva node.

United Nations Watercourses Convention: Online User's Guide
Provides a guide to the UNWC including in-depth analysis of the text of the Convention, definitions of key terms, and explanations of important theoretical/practical aspects of the UNWC.

Vital Water Graphics
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) compiled this report in order to provide a clear overview, through a set of graphics, maps and other illustrations, of the state of the world's fresh and marine waters.

Water Conflict Chronology Timeline
In an ongoing effort to understand the connections between water resources, water systems, and international security and conflict, the Pacific Institute initiated a project in the late 1980s to track and categorize events related to water and conflict.

The Water Page
The Water Page is an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of sustainable water resources management and use. A particular emphasis is placed on the development, utilisation and protection of water in Africa and other developing regions.

Water Portal of UNESCO
The portal is intended to enhance access to information related to freshwater available on the World Wide Web, providing links to the current UNESCO and UNESCO-led programs on freshwater and serving as an interactive point for sharing, browsing and searching websites of water-related organizations, government bodies and NGOs.

Water Resources - U.S. National Academies
The U.S. National Academies hosts information regarding their work with water resources including reports from workshops, colloquiums, and projects supported by the organization.

The Water Web Consortium
Promotes the sharing of information concerning water and the earth's environment.

The World Bank – Water
The World Bank aims to help governments solve water supply, sanitation, water resource, hydropower and irrigation problems through finance and knowledge. The water topics hosts information, project information, and data on the World Banks Water initiatives including the Water Partnership Program.

CIA World Factbook
Facts, statistics and maps for countries from the Central Intelligence Agency.

FirstSearch Database Information
Provides access to over 70 databases in 15 topic areas, including the sciences, public policy and current events. (Must be connected to a participating library to access databases.)

International Water Program - Environmental Law Institute
ELI works to ensure that water policies, laws, and institutions are effective and enforceable, include meaningful public involvement mechanisms, and promote adaptive water management.

One Water
One Water was created by the University of Miami. It has a collection of water related news articles and curriculum.

Pacific Institute Online Resources
Online resources for exploring the nexus of environmental, security, and development issues.

U.S. Water News
Contains monthly archives of water news around the United States.

USA Intelligence Community Assessment on Global Water Security, 2 Feb. 2012
Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a comprehensive, interagency coordinated assessment of the state of global water security, with recommendations.

Water Alternatives Photo Library
The Photo Library offers a selection of water-related pictures that were contributed by members of Water Alternatives network. They are sorted into various categories related to the many values and uses of water.

Water Conserve: A Water Conservation Portal
A water conservation portal and internet search tool that provides access to reviewed water conservation news and information.

Water Conservation and Stem Resources
A resource hub hosted by UT Austin with a myriad of resources for enhancing STEM-focused water conservation learning.

WFP-VAM Data Visualization: Seasonal Rainfall and Vegetation
The platform provides a visualization for monitoring the performance of agricultural seasons. Users can assess the performance of the current and past rainfall seasons, the timing and intensity of drier or wetter than average conditions and their impact on vegetation status at the subnational level for most countries.

Blog by OSU Professor, Dr. Michael Campana, that includes news, analysis, commentary, and humor.

Rainbow Water Coalition
Blog by OSU Assistant Professor and Director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds, Dr. Todd Jarvis, that discusses serious water gaming and provides a non-partisan, neutral perspective supporting diversity in the color of water.

The Way of Water
Blog by OSU Graduate, Dr. Jennifer Veilleux, that covers geographic water resources research, mainly in the Nile and Mekong River basins.

Jennifer Veilleux - River Geographer | Artist
Geography and Photography website features scientific papers, resources, stories, and portraits from dam development on the Blue Nile and Mekong rivers by OSU graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux. Content is focused on global freshwater security.

Blog by OSU Graduate Dacotah Splichalova, that tells water stories focusing on how people and communities come together over shared water.

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