Mid-term conference 20 - 21 February 2019


The conference was rich in variety: 90 research institutions cooperating in 12 GRoW projects presented their latest results, and discussed them with more than 200 participants from research, business and practice within 4 thematic clusters - global surface water resources, global groundwater and water supply, water footprint, global analysis and governance. Furthermore invited speakers presented their perspective on a range of topics related to the tranfer of research into practice.

Keynote speech:

  • Prof Stefan Uhlenbrook (Director of UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme):
    "The critical role of SDG6 to achieve the 2030 Agenda - State of Affairs and Knowledge Gaps"

Breakout sessions:

In 5 thematic breakout sessions, participants discussed approaches to transferring research results into practice:

  • GRoW transfer-region Africa
    Dr Marius Claassen (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa) and Barbara Gerhager (GIZ)
  • GRoW transfer-region Latin-America
    Mauricio Scheer (SANEPAR - Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná, Brazil) and Alicia Minaya (Centro de Competencias del Agua (CCA), Peru)
  • Digitalisation - opportunities for implementing SDG 6
    Dr Heike Bach (Vista GmbH - Remote Sensing in Geosciences) and Christian Malewski (Wupperverband)
  • Water quality as a challenge for achieving SDG 6
    Harald Köthe (International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change, UNESCO) and Godehard Hennies (Head of Wasserverbandstag e.V.)
  • Water-use efficiency, sustainability guidelines, water footprint
    Prof Matthias Finkbeiner (TU Berlin) and Johannes Schmiester (WWF)

Download the conference programme here.

Download the conference proceedings here.