Ireland has signed up to participate in the GEMS/Water programme, a UN initiative to encourage the global sharing of research and data on water-quality monitoring.
University College Cork has opened a development centre in support of the programme, and it will network with other Irish partners including the Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin and the Institute of Technology Sligo.
The GEMS/Water initiative is run by the UN Environment Programme. It provides data and shares research discoveries with the particular goal of helping developing countries control their water resources. It was formed in 1978 to support global water quality monitoring.