UCCWater quality monitoring centre launched at UCC – Ireland will be viewed by countries across the globe as a leader in sustainable water management with the launch of the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre at UCC last Friday (January 22).

With the deterioration in water quality across the globe, monitoring it has never been more important.

As one of the two new hosts of the GEMS/Water programme [the other is Germany], the Centre will promote and support water quality monitoring and assessment, particularly in developing countries, on behalf of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

A Centre of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the ERI at UCC on the Lee Road, Cork, by mid-2016 it will employ five core staff and a network of water experts from the Environmental Protection Agency, DCU, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin and Sligo IT.