The newly issued China Water Law (2002) clearly defines the River Basin Authority responsible for the implementation of unified water resources management.
The YRCC is in charge of integrated planning and management of the Yellow River Basin. However, capacity of the YRCC has to be strengthened to enable effective functions in the basin water resources management.
The YRCC has formulated a plan of human resources development to train a large number of young professionals abroad in order to strengthen its capacities.
The UNESCO-IHE was requested to implement the training programms. The first group of 10 professionals were trained at the UNESCO-IHE in 2002/2003. The second group of 10 professionals were trained in 2003/2004. These were one-year postgraduate training programmes completed with a Master of Engineering degree. Fourteen young professionals will start a new training programme of Master of Science in October 2005.
The new (2005-2007) programme consists of one-year courses and 7 months MSc reaserch. The YRCC participants will enroll in the UNESCO-IHE regular Master of Science programmes of their own choice. They will follow the curriculum of their chosen programme together with participants from other countries.
The MSc research will have a sandwich construction with a 3 months data collection in Yellow River Basin of China and 4 month research at UNESCO-IHE in The Netherlands.
The YRCC facilitates the field work and provide necessary data needed for carrying out the proposed MSc research. After the successful completion of the study and thesis, a Master of Science degree will be awarded.