International Association on Water Quality (IAWQ)

Association internationale pour la qualité de l'eau (AIQE)

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History

1962, London (UK). Formally constituted 1965, Harrogate (UK). Current constitution adopted 1986. Originally constituted as International Association on Water Pollution Research (IAWPR) -- Association internationale de la recherche sur la pollution des eaux (AIRPE) -- Asociación Internacional de Investigación sobre la Contaminación del Agua (AIICA). Name changed, Mar 1982, to International Association on Water Pollution Research and Control (IAWPRC) -- Association internationale pour la recherche sur la pollution des eaux et sa maîtrise (AIRPEM) -- Asociación Internacional de Investigación sobre la Contaminación del Agua (AIICA). Listed name adopted May 1992. UK Registered Charity: 289269. Ceased to exist, 7 Sep 1999, when merged with International Water Services Association (IWSA), to form International Water Association (IWA).

Aims

Advance the science and practice of water pollution control and water quality management worldwide, including: sources, causes and effects of pollution; collection and treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters; management techniques. Expand amd disseminate scientific and technical knowledge relating to water quality and promote water pollution research and water quality protection. Promote practical application of research and experience in: engineering design, construction, operation and control; management of wastewater collection systems and purification and reclamation plants; river, lake, estuary and coastal water quality management problems.

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Activities

Organizes: biennial International Conference; regional conferences (Asia-Pacific and East Africa; Middle East; Southern Asia). Specialist Groups, formed around technical issues or on a regional basis, organize programmes of specialized conferences, seminars, exhibitions and workshops (about 20 specialized technical and regional conferences annually) and produce scientific and technical reports; most groups have a management committee and hold regular leadership elections. Technical-issue Specialist Groups (30): 'Pollution Sources' (5 groups): Diffuse pollution; Eutrophication; Urban storm drainage; Pulp and paper industry wastewater; Chemical and petrochemical waste management. 'Pollution Effects' (4 groups): Hazard assessment and control of environmental contaminants; Health related water microbiology; Tastes and odours; Contaminated aquatic substances. 'Biological Treatment Processes' (5 groups): Anaerobic digestion; biofilm processes; Activated sludge population dynamics; Waste stabilization ponds; Use of macrophytes in water pollution control. 'Physico-chemical Treatment Processes' (2 groups): Coagulation, flocculation, filtration and sedimentation; Membrane technology. 'Treatment Systems' (7 groups): Design and operation of large wastewater treatment plants; Design and operation of small wastewater treatment plants; Nutrient removal from wastewaters; Wastewater treatment systems utilizing submarine outfalls; Reservoirs - protection, management, and water treatment; Sludge management; Appropriate waste management technologies for developing countries. 'Restoration and Reuse' (2 groups): Wastewater reclamation, recycling and reuse; Environmental restoration. 'Management and Control' (5 groups): River basin management; Management and institutional affairs; Systems analysis and computing; Instrumentation, control and automation; Environmental engineering education. Special initiatives currently relate to 'Water Pollution Perspectives for the Year 2000'.

Structure

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Languages

English.

Staff

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Financing

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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Special Status); World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Information Services

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Members

Members in 104 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Hydrology
    • Water
    • Rivers and Lakes
  • Geology
    • Land and Coastal Forms
  • Societal Problems
    • Protection
    • Pollution
    • Waste
    • Effluent
    • Hygiene
  • Research, Standards
    • Quality Unification
  • Economics
    • Resource Utilization

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 14: Life Below Water

UIA Org ID

C1379

Last News Received

8. Apr 1998
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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