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About the conference

The 8th Global 

FRIEND-Water Conference

FRIEND-Water (Flow Regime from International Experimental and Network Data) is an international collaborative network of experts of the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), which initiated 32 years ago, and that aims to generate new understanding on regional hydrology and multi-scale hydrological processes. The purpose of the FRIEND-Water is to investigate long-term variations and changes in hydrological regimes and variables to better understand the climate and river basin features, as well as impact of human activities on the spatial and temporal distribution of water. The science and capacity building supported by the FRIEND-Water programme are critical for issues including water resources management, socio-economic development, securing livelihoods, safeguarding the environment, and assessing the impact of global change on hydrological processes, including climate change and human impact. As a cross-cutting theme of UNESCO’s IHP-VIII on addressing water security challenges at local, national, regional and global levels, FRIEND-Water contributes to investigate regional water resources, hydrological extremes (drought and floods), global change and the hydrological cycle, as well as water education and capacity building. 

The FRIEND-Water programme complements and interacts with many national and international projects, and initiatives such as International Sediment Initiative (ISI), International Drought Initiative (IDI),International Floods Initiative (IFI), Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI), International Shared Aquifer Resource Management (ISARM), International Initiative on Water Quality, Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change (GRAPHIC), and WMO/GWP Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP), etc.

Previous editions of the International FRIEND conference have taken place every 4 years in Norway, Germany, Slovenia, South Africa, Cuba, Morocco, and France. The 8th Global FRIEND-Water Conference will take place in China in 2018.

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Key Dates

   November 6-9,2018
Full paper submission deadline:
   April 30, 2018

Notification of acceptance
  and invitation issue date:

   May 31, 2018

Accomplishment of refereeing
  and paper publication:

   October 31, 2018

Organizing Committee

Contact Us

The secretariat of the meeting

Contacts:Ms.Dianyi(Diana) Yan

Phone number:  (+86/0086)010-68781373