Water as a global resource

Water as a global resource

Global analyses and local solutions for sustainable water resources management

Population growth, climate change and drinking water scarcity mean that sustainably managing global water resources is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. To help solve the conflicts developing around this “blue gold”, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has initiated the "Water as a global Resource (GRoW)“ funding measure on the basis of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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GRoW at the Stockholm World Water Week 25 – 30 Aug. 2019

At the World Water Week (25 – 30 Aug) GRoW will organizes two events. On Sunday, 25 August 2019, GRoW will present the potential of different approaches and methods to analyze interlinkages across SDGs, focusing particularly on SDG6 and other water-related goals. On Monday, 26 August 2019, another GRoW event will discuss how the water footprint can be used to support achieving the SDGs, in particular SDG 6. Further information on the Stockholm World Water Week is available here.

GRoW publishes Policy Brief: Advancing the Water Footprint into an instrument to support achieving the SDGs

The water footprint has become a widely used concept to study water use and the resulting local impacts of agricultural and industrial production. Building on recent advances in the water footprint concept, it can be an effective steering tool to advance the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 6.

A number of GRoW research projects are currently applying the water footprint concept and identifying areas where water is used inefficiently. They are also implementing practical measures for improvement. As part of the GRoW cross-cutting topic "Water Footprint", researchers from these projects have developed a policy brief together with GRoWnet and GRoW steering committee member Dr Falk Schmidt (IASS Potsdam). The aim is to raise awareness on the potential of the water footprint concept to inform decision-making in the public and private sectors towards improved water management and achieving the SDGs.

The GRoW Policy Brief will be presented at the World Water Week in Stockholm on 26 August 2019. Learn more about the event here.

Download the Policy Brief here.









Facts and figures about GRoW

Duration: I/2017 – III/2020

Joint research projects: 12

Funded partners: 90