State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), established in the 1950s, is one of the most important in Brazil for its size and performance. According to the Ranking Web of Universities – 2019, UERJ ranks 15th in the country and 23rd in Latin America. The university has several campuses spread over seven cities. Its headquarters are located at the UERJ Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro City. The main numbers of the University are the following: 43,000 students; 2,800 professors; 90 graduations courses; 63 MSc and 46 Ph.D. Programs.

Department of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (DESMA)

The Department of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (DESMA) within the Engineering Faculty has a wide range of competencies in water resources and environment and is actively involved in the following programs: Graduate Course in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering; MSc and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering; MSc in Water Resources Regulation and Governance; and Ph.D. in Environment. The water-related research of DESMA ranges from water resources allocation and conflicts to water policy making, including drought and flood risk management, water security, adaptive management to climate change and variability, water governance, participatory management, and source water protection.


Research Projects in Natural Resources Management

  • Drought Risk Management and Water Security in the Paraíba do Sul River Basin
  • Adaptive Management of Climate Drought Risk
  • Water Resources Security of Urban Water Supply Systems
  • Low-cost rainwater treatment technologies in informal settlement communities


BSc, MSc, and Doctoral Programs relevant to CNRD

Pool of Experts

Water policy; Water management and governance; Adaptive Capaci Rosa Maria Formiga-Johnsson
Rainwater harvesting; Green roofs; Flood risk management. Alfredo Akira Ohnuma Júnior
Disaster Risk Reduction; Flood Risk Management; Hydrology. Julio Cesar da Silva
Water supply and sanitation; Water reuse; Urban flooding mitigation. Marcelo Obraczka
Hydrological modeling; Urban Planning and Integrated Water Resources Planning. Luciene Pimentel da Silva


Project Coordination

Rosa Maria Formiga-Johnsson



R. São Francisco Xavier, 524 – Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20550-013, Brazil