The International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES) was jointly set up by the Government of China and UNESCO on July 21, 1984, in Beijing, China. The Ministry of Water Resources is the governmental executive agency.
Since its founding, IRTCES has devoted itself to research and training to solve scientific and engineering problems related to erosion and sedimentation, and is one of the most important representatives of China as a partner of UNESCO. IRTCES has conducted many international and domestic technical cooperative research and consulting programs and projects related to erosion and sedimentation, and organized international and domestic training courses, symposia, and workshops. It publishes the International Journal of Sediment Research, the Gazette of River Sediment in China, and other Chinese and English publications. IRTCES awards the Chien Ning Prize for outstanding sediment researchers and engineers. It is the organizer and promoter of the National Information Network of Erosion and Sedimentation and the Sediment Measurement and Research Team. IRTCES Serves as the Secretariat of the World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research (WASER).
IRTCES welcomes future cooperation and collaboration with sister organizations, including government bodies, research institutes, universities and consultants in sediment-related fields all over the world to promote international development on erosion and sedimentation, sustainable utilization of natural resources and melioration of the ecological environment.