Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is an independent professional body and a registered charity, advancing the science and practice of water and environmental management for a clean, green and sustainable world.



  • Thousands of members in nearly 100 countries, working within local authorities, water companies, regulatory bodies, governments, universities and the private sector.
  • Supports local professionals throughout the world, represents members in international forums and has established international Branches, including Hong Kong and Bulgaria.
  • Provides training and professional development qualifications.
  • Promotes excellence in environmental management through a portfolio of awards.
  • Provides a forum for debate through conferences, technical meetings, networking opportunities, policy statements, magazines and journals.
  • Supplies independent advice to governments, academic institutions, the media and the general public.
  • Works with large international organisations and NGOs, such as the EU, the UN and Water Aid.
  • Honorary Fellows include Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster Chris Baines, David Bellamy, Chairman of the Environment Agency Sir John Harman, the Director of the Black Environment Network Judy Ling Wong, Jonathon Porritt, Baroness Barbara Young and Tim Smit of the Eden Project.


CIWEM came into being in 1987 when the Institution of Public Health Engineers merged with the Institution of Water Engineers and Scientists and the Institute of Water Pollution Control to form the Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Through these earlier groups, the Institution has a history of working in environmental management dating back to 1895. CIWEM was granted a Royal Charter in 1995 and celebrated its centenary in the same year.

International Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition

CIWEM runs the International Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition. This competition seeks to celebrate photographers who use their ability to raise awareness of environmental and social issues.

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