IRD BP 8967 Rabat Maroc, Université Montpellier 2 HydroSciences Montpellier Case MSE Place Eugène Bataillon 34095 Montpellier cedex 5 France, University of Calabria Department of Soil Protection Arcavacata Campus Via P. Bucci 87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS) Italie, Université Mohamed V-Agdal Faculté des sciences 4, avenue Ibn Battouta BP 1014 RP Rabat Maroc, École nationale supérieure de l'hydraulique BP 31 09000 Blida Algérie
MEDFRIEND is one of the eight FRIEND programs of the UNESCO International Hydrological Program. Its goal is to enhance research collaboration between neighbouring countries in hydrology and related sciences, within several major research themes in the area. The research themes are: erosion and solid transport; coastal ecohydrology; karst hydrogeology; extreme events; flow regimes and water resources: assessment of global changes. A common database has been built and is available for program members. The MEDFRIEND program started in January 2009, following the first FRIEND-AMHY program started in 1991. There are for now 17 countries in the MEDFRIEND group. Activities coordinated by FRIEND are as follows: scientific workshops, international conferences, training courses, scientific exchange.