The Water and Environment Centre (WEC) is the academic and research institute in the field of water and environment in Yemen. Studying at the centre provides you with high quality knowledge with focus on indigenous, current and future global water problems. The WEC is the first water education centre in the region that has taken up an integrated water resources management approach. You are guaranteed privileged orientation to get top competencies, skills and knowledge required for your current and future career. Besides education and training the WEC carries out practice oriented as well as fundamental research; offers a wide range of advisory services; and is the centre for outreach through networks, partners, facilities and knowledge.
Role of WEC in the water sector and other organizations
The public water sector in Yemen is governed by the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MAI). Several institutes fall within these ministries, including the National Water Resources Authority (NWRA), National drinking Water and Sanitation Authority (NWSA), Local water supply and sanitation Corporations (LC) and the General Authority for Rural Water Supply (GARWSP).
The WEC targets are these ministries and institutes with the MSc program on IWRM, as well as with short courses. Academic research at the WEC focuses on policy support. Through the creation and collection of spatial datasets in its GIS lab, the WEC aims to maintain an unbiased database for policy support and implementation. A library at the WEC is aiming to maintain international literature available for the Yemeni water sector.
The private water sector in Yemen includes drinking water companies and consultancy firms. The oil and gas industry in Yemen also relates to water management, since exploitation of natural resources like oil and gas is often related to drilling in or through groundwater basins. Discussions and analyses of sustainable use of natural resources has many parallels with the oil and gas industry.
WEC targets the Yemeni water sector through academic research and invited research (consultancies). A collection of important studies conducted in recent years is shown in. The activities of WEC for water sectors and other organization are:
- Capacity building
- Raising awareness
- Solving of water problems in a scientific integrated approach
- Influence policy and community
Research and Advisory Services
The WEC provides public and private institutions with a variety of advisory services, supervision and project implementation, and research programs in the domain of water and environment delivered by a wide range of high qualified professionals.
The WEC has a wealth of experience reflecting outstanding water education and research and aiming to be a centre for excellence. We are excited to bring our experience and outreach to researchers, communities, extension professionals and policy makers. This outreach is transferred via our outstanding website.
Education and Training
In 2004, the Water and Environment Centre postgraduate studies and training unit started the development of an MSc program on IWRM in collaboration with Wageningen University and the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands. The curriculum has been developed, improved, adjusted and evaluated by lecturers, advisors and IWRM students. The entire curriculum was assessed and reviewed in 2013 to incorporate several cross-cutting topics, such as climate change and gender.
To know more, check out: WEC’s Profile and Experience