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Matthew McCartney

Principal Researcher, CGIAR System Organization

Matthew McCartney is a principal researcher specializing in water resources, and wetland and hydro-ecological studies. He is currently research group leader of the International Water Management’s (IWMI) group on Future Water, Growth and Natural Capital. He is also a flagship leader in the CGIARs research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems. He is currently based in IWMIs Southeast Asia office in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

His experience stems from participation in a wide range of research and applied projects, conducted in both Africa and Asia. Most recently he has worked on a number of projects including a water resource assessment of the Dry Zone of Myanmar; an evaluation of the flow regulating functions of natural ecosystems in the Mekong; a study on the use of decision support systems to improve dam planning and management through better inclusion of environmental and social issues; an assessment of the impacts of large dams on malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa; and combining natural and built infrastructure for improved water resource management in the Volta and Tana basins in Africa.

Matthew was a steering committee member on the UNEP Dams Development Project (2002-2004) and sat on the Ramsar Science and Technical Review Panel, where he led the working group on wetlands and agriculture (2007 to 2015).


  • –present
    Principal researcher specialising in water resources, and wetland and hydro-ecological studies, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research