UNEP GEMS/Water CDC - funding secured for phase two

20 Jan 2021

The UN Environment Programme GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre (CDC) was established in University College Cork in 2015. The period up-to 2020 was the first phase of the project. As 2021 begins so too does the second phase of GEMS/Water’s capacity development activities. The funding, provided by the Irish government, will drive the next three years of water quality capacity development worldwide.

We achieved so much in the first phase, which was kindly supported by Irish Aid and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. We established contacts and developed relationships with water department personnel in governments and water sector organisations, and in Universities and institutions concerned with water quality capacity development, from all over the world.

We designed and continue to deliver a new MSc and Postgraduate Diploma programme, and Continuous Professional Development courses accredited by University College Cork. Approximately 92 students have participated in our courses some of whom are still registered.

Since 2015, GEMS/Water CDC has engaged with 107 countries from six different world regions and staff have travelled to many countries:

  • to meet with our global partners to raise the issue of water quality capacity,
  • to give training workshops in all aspects of water quality monitoring and assessment, and
  • to bring people together to support their efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.3.2 for ambient water quality to help achieve Goal 6 of the SDGs.


Map of where people have been from that attended our activitites/courses

The origin of participants taking part in UNEP GEMS/Water in-situ workshops and online courses. More information in the UNEP GEMS/Water Story Map.


Below are some pictures from our many activities during phase one.

Participants of Nairobi Workshop in 2016

Nairobi, Kenya Workshop 2016


Brasilia, Brazil Workshop 2017


Dakar, Senegal Workshop 2018


Amman, Jordan Workshop 2019


The continued funding for the Capacity Development Centre for the next three years will enable the current capacity development activities to continue and new activities to commence. The Centre will also be taking the lead role in providing and facilitating capacity development globally as part of the World Water Quality Alliance.

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UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre

UNEP GEMS/Ionad Forbartha Acmhainneachta Uisce

Environmental Research Institute, Ellen Hutchins Building, University College Cork