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 both events will be available here.


A stronger evidence base for SDGs: GRoW publishes position paper

Agreeing on the SDGs was a tremendous accomplishment for the international community, and continuing on this path is essential for our joint future.

To achieve the targets, we will have to make ongoing efforts, adopt new approaches and examine multiple challenges. In view of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and this year’s SDG 6 in-depth review, the partners in the research program Water as a Global Resource (GRoW) produced a position paper highlighting key scientific challenges to achieving the ambitious SDG 6.

In the paper, the GRoW partners emphasise the need to build a better evidence base for achieving and monitoring SDG 6. They call for a global platform that would bring together science, policy and practice to bundle key water topics, consolidate knowledge on achieving the SDGs and thereby strengthen evidence-based decisions.

Download the position paper here.


GRoW attracts interest from international stakeholders and environmental organisations

A short summary of GRoW’s first year paints a positive picture. The research projects have started well and are also attracting a great deal of international attention. They have begun developing partnerships and networks with public and private international stakeholders, and are finding support among global environmental organisations. This keen interest shows that GRoW is doing relevant, topical work – primarily because it is successfully developing local and regional, globally transferrable solutions for protecting water resources.

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Facts and figures about GRoW

Duration: I/2017 – III/2020

Joint research projects: 12

Funded partners: 90