Tom Soo
IWRA executive director


IWRA (International Water Resources Association) is now settled in Montpellier



IWRA (International Water Resources Association) is now settled in Montpellier


IWRA has strived to improve water management worldwide through dialogue, education, and research for over 35 years. Since its official formation in 1972, the organization has actively promoted the sustainable management of water resources around the globe. The world is a much smaller place today than when IWRA began its work due to advancing technologies and global social changes. The belief that sustainability requires interdisciplinary action and international cooperation is a driving force behind the association. IWRA seeks to improve water resource outcomes by improving our collective understanding of the physical, biological, chemical, institutional, and socioeconomic aspects of water.

IWRA is committed to the sound management of water resources through:

  • advancing water resources and related environmental research promoting water resources
  • education improving exchanges of information and expertise networking with other
  • organizations who share common interests and goals providing an international forum
  • on water resource issues

Since 2009, IWRA has been member of the World Water Council board and it is involved in the organisation of the 6th World Water Forum to be held in Marseille in 2012.


Setting-up in Montpellier

Further to the success of the XIIIth World Water Congress held in Montpellier in September 2008, IWRA has decided to set up its executive office in Montpellier from April 2010. 

IWRA is hosted by VERSeau Développement association and is supported by local authorities, by ILEE (Institut Languedocien de recherche sur l'Eau et l'Environnement) and by local key players in the field of water.


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Update on June 2011


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