Office International de L'Eau (OIEAU)

Office International de l’Eau (OIEau) is an independent organisation whose principal aim is to develop skills for improving water and river management. OIEau’s main spheres of activities are:

  • Institutional development for water management
  • Management of water data
  • Professional training in all water vocations
  • Documentation and information concerning water

OIEau is a non-profit-making organisation and has a total workforce of 110 persons. In addition, OIEau can mobilise additional 250 external experts. OIEau is supported by 149 partner organisations (administrations, catchment organisations, municipalities, universities, professional associations, drinking water companies, NGOs), including 32 foreign organisations.

Main activities are:

Training: OIEau organises 500+ training sessions for 5,500+ water professionals each year on the following topics: 1) Water technologies ; 2) Public services; 3) Water in Industry.

Policy Studies: projects related to the implementation of the water policy on a national and European scale. The products are guides and reviews of various issues (technologies, legal, socio-economic,…) in water resource management, as well as water supply and sanitation; it completes among others studies on water services operation in Europe, economic studies regarding the objectives of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) and local water accounts (at a city or sub-basin level).

International activities: the objectives of OIEau are to assist the countries and institutions that wish to build their own capacities for administrative organisation and training, by providing them with institutional expertise and advice or with an expertise for organising observatories, monitoring networks and databases.

Role in AfriAlliance

OIEAU will be Work Package leader of WP2, taking stock of their already strong knowledge of demands of e.g. River Basin Organization, and their access to a large variety of background information on the whole African continent coming from mechanisms like the AWIS and the EMWIS, directly managed by OIEAU, and the knowledge generated in meta-analysis projects analysing research outputs generated in and for the African continent. Next to WP2, OIEAU will have a significant role in WP3 and WP4, and in WP5 where the project will benefit from the above mentioned mechanism to increase its outreach.

Who are we?

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Key contacts

Gilles Neveu (m), Director for Innovation and Development at OIEau, is in charge of the creation of new opportunities, in the field of water related training, information management, capacity building and expertise, in France and abroad. These activities are related to e-learning, web-based information services, transfer of knowledge from research and others’ experiences to practitioners, tools for monitoring water management.

Natacha Amorsi (f) has a socio-economic background. Over her 8 years in OIEau, she coordinated IWRM-Net (ERA-Net), the network of research funders for supporting transnational research dealing with Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). She is involved in actions promoting the Science Policy Interface for implementing the European Water Framework Directive (WFD), the coordination of scientific projects on IWRM, and the organisation of trainings and webinars taking into account European water policies. She was the coordinator of WaterDiss2.0, a project aimed at developing water research transfer and dissemination services. She also participates in the development of a web-based social platform dedicated to the dissemination of water research outputs called the European Water Community.

Christophe BRACHET (m) has extensive experience in hydrology, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and large water infrastructures. His experience covers in particular watershed management, climate change adaptation and flood risk management. He is now Deputy General Manager of International Office for Water (IOWater), after having been delegated for 7 years by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as advisor to the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and to the Congo River basin organization (CICOS). During last years he worked in particular for the identification of priority transboundary dams for the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa and led the preparation of the Handbook for IWRM in transboundary basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers (INBO/GWP/UNESCO).