21. October 2015 | Aqua Republica and UpSWinG research project in Canada

DHI and UNEP-DHI Partnership is collaborating with McGill University, and many other partners in this new exciting research project!

The long-term goal of this partnership is to study the impact of advanced ICT on social learning and stakeholder collaborations for sustainable water governance in Canada and elsewhere. The specific aim of this proposed research project is to study the role and value of serious games to enhance social learning and collaboration processes for sustainable water governance. Serious games are games designed to enhance deep learning about real-world challenges. Research on serious games for any purpose in any field of application is multi-disciplinary by nature.

The following research questions will be studied:

  1. How effective are existing serious games in supporting social learning, consensus building and collaboration in the context of governance of complex transboundary water systems?
  2. How can serious games be developed in the future to maximize their potential benefits in enhancing transboundary water governance?

We are just getting started but you can read more about the project at!

gaming the water system

9. October 2015 | Call for partners: Join the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2016 as a Country Partner

Call for partners

Do you want to help educate the youth in sustainable water and environment management and be part of a global network of innovative water educators?

Since 2013, over 4000 children between the ages of 14-17 in more than 10 countries have joined in the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge and competed by playing the Aqua Republica game. Apart from having fun, the experience has helped them to learn about sustainable water and environmental management. As we continue to grow the initiative, we are looking for country partners for next year’s UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge scheduled to run between January 2016 and April 2016.

What does it mean to become a country partner? By becoming a partner, you commit to:
• Organising and running a fun and innovative competition for high school children for your country
• Inviting schools and students to participate in the competition in your country
• Establishing local partnerships to help support and promote the competition

What you will receive as a partner in terms of support are:
• Access to the competition registration page
• Aqua Republica game for use during the competition in English
• Web-based training on how to use the game in classrooms in English
• A competition kit consisting of guidelines, letter templates and certificate templates
• Technical support during the competition
UNEP-DHI is not in a position to pay for country partners’ time or competition prizes. However country partners can identify and accept support from other sources upon agreement with UNEP-DHI.

Submit your interest to join this partnership by filling out the registration form available here before 31st October 2015.

21. September 2015 | Aqua Republica Workshops with WaterCap Kenya

Over the last weekend, we have conducted a couple students and teachers workshop in Nairobi with Shree Cutchi Leva Petal School and Sunshine Secondary School which are organised by WaterCap, a network of Cap-Net UNDP. We had a very good time sharing the concept of Aqua Republica and demonstrating how serious games can help promote more interactive learning. More activities are planned in Nairobi in the near future so stay tuned!


Shree Patel School

Students in Shree Patel School

Students in Sunshine Secondary School

Teachers’ Workshop

9. September 2015 | Workshop for teachers in Argentina

We will be heading down to Buenos Aries for a teachers’ workshop on the use of Aqua Republica in classrooms on 24th Sept. Find out more here!

Argentina Workshop

28. August 2015 | Stockholm World Water Week – Serious Play

Many of the sessions in this year’s Stockholm World Water Week have highlighted the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how various organisations can help achieve those goals.

Our session, “Serious Play – Virtual World for Water Education” focused on using ICT to educate about an ecosystem approach to water resources management and highlights how digital serious games can be an additional tool to help educate, build capacity as well as to enable communication between the many users of water.

We had a very lively and interactive session and the discussions and feedback we had confirms that we are heading towards the right direction of innovating and disrupting water education. We look forward to more partnerships and hope to see the increased use of innovative approaches in this sphere!


WWWeek 2015

Winning team of the Serious Play Session in Water Week 2015 with director of Cap-Net UNDP, Themba Gumbo (on the right)!

World Water Week Voices – “What’s been the highlight of your week?”

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