- Develop improved methods for determining the status of, and predicting changes in the qualitative and quantitative condition of surface waters, and for putting management tools into practice
- Develop and test inclusive processes for negotiating interests and positions for future-focused strategy planning and conflict avoidance that also take account of environmental concerns
- Plan integrated concepts for grid-connected and modular systems for water supply and wastewater disposal
- Build human and institutional skills in the project region by developing appropriate further education and training schemes
Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a major challenge for planning, governance and water management – especially in prosperous water-scarce regions. Climate change is primarily exacerbating water shortages in regions that are already struggling with water scarcity. This is particularly the case in places – such as fast-growing urban centres in water-scarce regions – where rising water demand already far outweighs the renewal rate of surface water and groundwater. In addition, the demand for clean drinking water, irrigation water for agriculture and process water for industry is growing. Achieving the SDGs in the water sector in these types of regions requires stronger interdisciplinary approaches for solving specific challenges. These challenges include, in particular, incomplete monitoring of polluted and overused water resources, competitive pressure over limited water resources and the resulting social conflicts, and the rigidity of existing infrastructures and planning tools in the face of changing frameworks for water supply and disposal systems.
More information about the joint research project is available here.