10. November 2015 | UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge Country Partners Webinar

Following the Call for Partners for the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge for 2016, we have organised a series of identical webinars where we explained the competition setup, including what you can expect from us and what we would expect from you as a country partner.

The outline for the webinar was as follows:
– Introduction to UNEP-DHI Partnership
– Introduction to Aqua Republica and UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge
– UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge organisation guidelines
– Next steps
– Questions and Answers

We have now concluded the webinar series but continue to welcome interested country partners who have missed the webinars to view the slides and a recording of one of the webinars. Should you have any questions or are interested to join as a country partner, please contact us.

You can download the slides here.
You can also download the video recording here.

Alternatively, you can also view the recording of the webinar by clicking on the video link below.

30. October 2015 | Servers maintenance

Please note that all Aqua Republica versions will be unavailable until 1500 CET due to server maintenance.

28. October 2015 | First Indian University Challenge on IWRM and Aqua Republica a success!

In conjunction with IFAT India, the first Indian University Challenge on IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) and Aqua Republica was successfully conducted on 15th Oct 2015 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

Here are some photos of the challenge. Watch this space for more challenges coming up with IFAT!

University Challenge in India 1

University Challenge in India 2


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.

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