International Affairs Program

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) was established in 1902 to help foster economic development in the 17 Western States by developing and building water supply projects. Today, Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency with numerous programs, initiatives, and activities that help meet water needs and balance competing uses of water in the West.

Reclamation has also been active internationally and is known worldwide for its expertise in dam safety and construction, water resources management, desalination, and sedimentation. From its inception, Reclamation has shared its expertise with other countries and has had a comprehensive International Affairs Program featuring activities such as technical assistance, technical training, visitor programs, technology exchange, and seminars/workshops.

The International Affairs Program plays an important role in managing Reclamation’s domestic program and in meeting the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) international obligations and initiatives, and has proven to be an important resource in supporting U.S. foreign policy throughout the world.

The Native American and International Affairs Office in the Commissioner's Office serves as the central coordination point for both the Native American Affairs Program and the International Affairs Program, is the main point of contact for Reclamation international activities, and is responsible for providing overall policy and guidance on international issues and foreign travel.

Mission Statement and Objectives:  The International Affairs Program mission is to coordinate international activities for the Bureau of Reclamation and manage training and technical assistance programs in support of U.S. foreign policy goals.  Program objectives are to:
  • Further U.S. foreign policy
  • Enhance public health and promote sustainable development in developing countries
  • Obtain improved technology for the benefit of Reclamation water users and the U.S.
  • Provide learning opportunities for Reclamation staff

Upcoming Seminars and Workshops

Event Title:  Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams – International Technical Seminar and Study Tour
Date(s):  August 7 through 17, 2023 (registration is now CLOSED for this event)
More Information:  See Technical Seminars and Workshops (this link is also in the left-hand navigation column)


Reclamation Laboratories—Working With Worldwide Customers

Last Updated: 10/2/23