- Develop the water footprint concept into a regional governance tool for local decision-makers, textile manufacturers, textile retailers and consumers
- Analyse current water use and water pollution in cotton farming and in the textile industry in Pakistan, and assess the effects on human health, ecosystems and competing uses
- Run five demonstration projects to evaluate the potential that can be technically and institutionally exploited for reducing the water footprint in Pakistan
- Evaluate scenarios for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Establish Pareto-optimal solutions and development scenarios
- Support local decision-makers by producing solutions for specific target groups
Germany is a water-rich country, but our demand for water-intensive cotton textiles (jeans, T-shirts, bedding and much more) plays a major role in water scarcity and pollution in the countries (most of which are in Asia) that produce them. The immense water-related challenges facing these countries are being further exacerbated by population growth and climate change. At the same time, textile-exporting countries such as Pakistan that receive EU support via GSP+ (Generalized System of Preference) are under pressure to visibly improve the sustainability of their domestic industry. Against this backdrop, InoCottonGROW will pinpoint the parts of the cotton-textile value chain where reducing the water footprint is technically, economically and institutionally viable – and urgently needed in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
More information about the joint research project is available here.