WASHINGTON, DC – February 5, 2010. A partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources (IWR) and The Florida International University (FIU) was finalized in Boulder, Colorado on January 12, 2010. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Mr. Robert A. Pietrowsky, Director of IWR, and Mr. Roberto Gutierrez, Director, Pre-Award, Office of Sponsored Research Administration for FIU.
The agreement provides a framework for collaboration in the fields of integrated water resources management and scientific research and capacity-building for developing countries and countries in transition.
The two institutions share a common commitment to solving global water challenges. IWR’s International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM) is part of a global network of water centres “under the auspices of UNESCO” and committed to fulfilling the goals of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme. FIU recently signed multi-year agreements with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) Program and with NASA for its WaterSCAPES Program.
The agreement is part of IWR’s efforts to strengthen collaboration with universities with a track record for addressing international water problems, especially in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Other university partners include the University of Arizona, Colorado State University, and Oregon State University.