UNESCO: FRIEND - Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data

Purpose, objectives, key priorities

The FRIEND programme is an international collaborative study intended to develop, through the mutual exchange of data, knowledge and techniques at a regional level and a better understanding of hydrological variability and similarity across time and space. The project aims at advancing knowledge of hydrological processes and flow regimes to improve methods applicable in water resources planning and management.

Related sub-programmes

Northern European FRIEND 

Funding schemes and instruments

Funding for researchers and projects 

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Rules for application, financial rules

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Global Secretariat of FRIEND:
Mr Siegfried Demuth
E-mail: s.demuth@unesco.org 

NE FRIEND coordinator: 
Dr. ir. Henny A. J. van Lanen
Wageningen University, the Netherlands 
E-mail: henny.vanlanen@wur.nl