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Office International de l’Eau (OIEau) main task is to develop skills for improving water and river management at all levels, from local to European and international, and for the public and the private sectors. OIEau’s main activities regard :
· Water related data monitoring, knowledge management, policy assessment, research coordination, …
· Training of professionals in all water related fields (water supply and sanitation, utilities management, integrated resources management, …)
· Institutional expertise in the field of integrated water resources management
OIEau is an independent and non-profit-making organisation, supported by 149 partner organisations (Environmental Protection Agency, administrations, basin organisations, municipalities, universities, professional associations, private water companies, NGOs), including 32 foreign organisations.
OIEau has its offices in France, and a permanent staff of more than 130 persons of which 73 high level graduates and PhD people and 25 technicians.
Its total annual turnover is about 14 million Euros, 50% at international level.
OIEau manages the French Service for Information and Documentation on Water which is an expert centre in the water domain (drinking water, waste water, emissions, socioeconomics, water policies) and in information technology (databases, search engines, multilingualism, GIS) ; it is an active partner in the European Topic Centre for Waters of the European Environment Agency
The National Training Centre for Water Professions provides 450 short training sessions each year on 21 water related topics. It accommodates 5000 trainees including 10% of foreign English or Spanish speaking trainees
Training courses are carried out by 25 permanent trainers and more than 120 associated experts on about 20,000 m2 of educational units. The training centre is certified ISO 9001.
Within its international activities in integrated water management, OIEau promotes river basin management worldwide, with contracts in Central and Eastern Europe, in the Mediterranean basin, in South East Asia and Latin America. Among others, OIEau is involved in capacity building activities
· operates the secretariat of the International Network of Basin Organisations (INBO)
· leads the Euro-Mediterranean Water Information System (EMWIS) funded by the EU
· coordinates IWRM.Net, the EU-supported network of Member States research programmes on water management
· develops twinning activities to support EU - accessing countries in implementing the European water regulations