GEMS/Water CDC launch Event

29 Jan 2016
The UCC and UN flags flying together. UCC Vice President for Teaching and Learning, Professor John O’Halloran, Centre Director, Dr. Deborah Chapman, Senior Programme Officer of the UNEP, Division of Early Warning and Assessment, Dr. Hartwig Kremer, Principal Water Quality Section of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Cian Ó Lionáin and UCC President, Dr. Michael Murphy, at the Launch of the GEMS/Water CDC in UCC.

The GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre (CDC) was officially launched on 22nd January, at a well-attended event in the Council Room on the UCC main campus.

The event was attended by UCC staff, Centre partners and GEMS/Water collaborators, including the Manager of the GEMS/Water Data Centre in Germany. The speakers gave a brief history of the GEMS/Water programme and explained the importance of the programme today in the context of Agenda 2030 and the new Sustainable Development Goal for water.  The speakers were the President of UCC Dr Michael Murphy, Dr Hartwig Kremer Senior Programme Officer in the Division of Early Warning and Assessment at UNEP, Mr Cian Ó Lionáin Principal of the Water Quality Section of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Vice President for Teaching and Learning at UCC, Professor John O’Halloran and the Centre Director Dr Deborah Chapman.

Following the launch, the first meeting of the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Working Group took place in the Environmental Research Institute on the Lee Road. The meeting was attended in person or on-line by partners from the EPA, DCU, Trinity College Dublin, NUIG and Sligo IT, as well as the first GEMS/Water Regional Hub in Brazil (National Water Agency).

We would like to thank all attendees, contributors and visiting partners, for making the event such a success. We look forward to working with you in the future and hope to see you all again soon.

Further information on the event and the work of the GEMS/Water CDC, can be found here:


UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre

UNEP GEMS/Ionad Forbartha Acmhainneachta Uisce

Environmental Research Institute, Ellen Hutchins Building, University College Cork