Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Host Institution)
MSU Faculty of Geography is the world’s largest educational, scientific and student community of geographers. More than 1000 BSc and MSc students and approximately 200 PhD students study in 15 Departments of the Faculty every year. There is a large number of students from China, Iran, France, Germany and other countries, who also study geography here. About 800 employees, including 100 professors/Doctors of Science and 300 PhD, work in the Faculty. There are 1 Full Member and 4 Corresponding Members of Russian Academy of Sciences, distinguished scientists, laureates of State and Government Prizes of USSR and Russia in the field of education, science and technology, laureates of the Lomonosov and Anuchin Prizes and many more among faculty staff. Approximately 30% of all dissertations on Geography in Russia are defended within the Faculty. Since 2015 the Faculty has been led by the Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergey A. Dobrolyubov.
The Faculty's Map Library is a major depository of Russian and Soviet topographic and thematic maps (over 300,000 sheets). Geography Reading Hall, which is a part of the University Library, provides immediate access to over 200,000 titles of books, journals and atlases. Since 1946 the Faculty publishes a bi-monthly scientific magazine «Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Geografia» [Moscow University Herald. Geography] and journal “Geography, Environment, Sustainability” published in English since 2010. The Earth Science Museum of the Moscow University plays an important role in the training of geographers and in research activities, as well as the Faculty's Meteorological Observatory.
The International Commission on Continental Erosion (ICCE)
ICCE is one of the Commissions of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS). The field of interest of ICCE may be broadly defined as including the erosion, transport and deposition of sediment and associated nutrients and contaminants and the interaction of these processes with other components of the hydrological cycle and the environment. ICCE recognises the pivotal role that erosion and sediment delivery play in many environmental issues and the inter-disciplinary research required to improve our understanding and management of such issues.
The Commission seeks to improve current understanding of contemporary and historical erosion, and sedimentation processes and the movement of sediment and associated nutrients and contaminants throughout the landscape and its impact on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the environment in general and society.
It also aims to promote the development and application of new empirical methods and modelling frameworks for investigating erosion and sediment transfer at multiple scales from plot, through to field, farm, catchment and national scale delivery. More recently it has focused on bridging the gap between research, management and policy especially through technology transfer to developing countries and by contributing to the development of sediment policy support tools. ICCE sees its role as both promoting scientific advances and applying this knowledge to promote sustainable development and the control and management of environmental problems resulting from sediment and associated nutrient and contaminant transfer.
The Commission actively collaborates with the other IAHS Commissions and other international groups with interests in the field of erosion and sedimentation, including the UNESCO International Sediment Initiative (ISI), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Geographical Union (IGU), the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), and the World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research (WASER) and the European SedNet initiative. ICCE welcomes interaction with empirical or modelling scientists and practitioners working on sediment either exclusively or in tandem with broader water quality, environmental pollution and management, engineering or ecological studies at any scale.
World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC)
WASWAC encourage wise and sustainable use and conservation of soil and water resources through identification and solution of problems by scientific and professional communities and through education of policymakers on dangers of misusing these resources. Specifically: monitor soil and water conservation practices; assess needs and support conservation activity in each nation and worldwide; develop world-wide information exchange among members; enable members to become aware of one another's problems and possible solutions to those problems; encourage research and demonstration projects to assist understanding of how more effective soil and water conservation methods may be put into practice; inform policymakers on the need to protect soil and water resources from destruction so as to ensure survival of mankind.
The International Association of Hydrological Sciences(IAHS) is a non-profit making non-governmental scientific organization having more than 7000 members in almost 200 countries contributing to the extensive programme of conferences and workshops, online discussions and IAHS publications
V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute is the leader in the field of fundamental and applied soil science in Russia with more than 80 years of experience. The Institute cooperates with most of the core agencies in Russia dealing with soil, land and agriculture.
The UNESCO Chair at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna provides valuable support to the internationally-oriented work of the World’s Large Rivers Initiative (WLRI) underway since 2012. The original point of departure was the first World’s Large Rivers Conference, which was held in Vienna, Austria, in 2011. Proving its interdisciplinary approach, the event was co-sponsored by UNESCO, IAHR (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research), IAHS (International Association of Hydrological Sciences), WASER (World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research) and IAG (International Association of Geomorphologists).