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  • UN announces Water Action Decade 2018-2028

    05/04/2018

    On the World Water Day, 22 March 2018 the International Decade  for Action: "Water for Sustainable Development" 2018-2028 was launched aiming to further improve cooperation, partnership and capacity development in response to the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    To implement these water-related goals and targets, and building on the achievements of the previous “Water for Life” Decade 2005-2015, the International Decade for Action: "Water for Sustainable Development" 2018-2028 aims to create a solid platform to advance cooperation and partnerships at all levels, and put a greater focus on the integrated management of water resources. The Decade will contribute to the achievement of these goals by facilitating the sharing of good practices and providing a platform for advocacy, networking and partnership-building.

    Also recent milestone agreements, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the Paris Agreement, have placed water at their heart. Guaranteeing sustainable water management is a vital element to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and other relevant goals in the social, environmental and economic fields.

    The launch of this decade shows: GRoW has its finger on the pulse of the time and contributes with local solutions and an enhanced global understanding of the ressource water to pressing contemporary questions.

    Find out more here.

  • GRoW at World Water Forum in Brazil

    30/03/2018

    Between 18 and 23 March, water experts from government, science, industry, consultancies and NGOs met at the World Water Forum 2018 in Brazil to discuss potential solutions for key water-related challenges at the global level. Three of the four GRoW projects working in South America were present and jointly featured at the side event “Water scarcity in semi-arid environments of our Earth: Main challenges and recent developments for risk mitigation”, which was organised by the Water Science Alliance. The event focused on practical examples from South America, such as seasonal prediction of water resources, estimation of sediment loads into reservoirs, water quality problems, and efficient irrigation and water use. SaWaM presented an operational hydrometeorological forecasting system for dryland conditions in north-eastern Brazil. WANDEL gave a presentation on the improved water footprint of sugarcane-related energy production, and Trust introduced modular concepts for sustainable water supply and water reuse. SaWaM had the honour of being invited to present its work in the Brazilian pavilion with the Brazilian water authority.

    Further information can be found in the programme.

  • UNESCO co-hosted session on Effective Solutions for Achieving SDG 6

    01/03/2018

    On 20 February 2018, UNESCO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission co-hosted an information session entitled “Science for Water: Effective Solutions for Achieving SDG 6 and Water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda” at the UN Headquarters in New York.

    In view of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation and in the context of the upcoming “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development” (2018-2028), the session was a platform to discuss the importance of addressing water-management issues, and to inform member states about the collective contributions of UNESCO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to the implementation of SDG-6 and other water-related targets.

    During the session the need to close the gap between science and policy to achieve water related goals was emphazised. Furthermore a series of science based tools that could be used to guide policy and decision-making on water were presented.

    Find out more here. The full meeting can be watched here.

  • GRoW attracts interest from international stakeholders and environmental organisations

    28/02/2018

    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.

    Here are a few highlights:

    In Iran, the SaWaM project is receiving support from one of the country’s biggest players in the water and hydropower industries – the Khuzestan Water Authority, which manages over a third of Iran’s water reserves. As well as helping to make the kick-off event in Iran a great success (over 100 people attended), it also took the time to visit key Iranian reservoirs with project participants and to outline local water management solutions. Similarly, iWaGSS has attracted a great deal of interest from the South African water authority, which is helping the project to install measurement stations and providing its own stations.

    Meanwhile, go-CAM is collaborating closely on research with the University of Rhode Island, since sustainably managing coastal aquifers is also raising important research questions across the Atlantic. WANDEL has set up a new partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA). The corporation recognized WANDEL as playing a significant, relevant role in the context of the growing tension between energy production and sustainable water management in Brazil.

    The MuDak-WRM project has entered into a partnership with The Nature Conservancy, an international environmental protection organization, also based in Brazil. The partners have already signed a memorandum of understanding. In addition, MuDak-WRM is benefiting from the full support of SANEPAR, a major Brazilian water technology firm. Among other things, it has provided a research ship specifically tailored to the needs of the project. InoCottonGrow has also attracted interest from international environmental organisations and is currently working on a memorandum of understanding with the World Wide Fund for Nature Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan).

    A wide variety of workshops, capacity-building schemes, measurement campaigns, and event visits are planned for 2018. These will provide major support to all the GRoW projects, help them make progress, and strengthen their international impact. 

  • World Economic Forum rates water crises one of the top five global risks for sixth year in a row.

    17/01/2018

    Each year the Global Risks Report works with experts and decision-makers across the world to identify and analyze the most pressing risks that we face. The 2018 report also presents the results of our latest Global Risks Perception Survey, in which nearly 1,000 experts and decision-makers assess the likelihood and impact of 30 global risks over a 10-year horizon. Since 2012 Water crises are rated in the top 5 of global risks in terms of impact. Interestingly in 2014 the categorization of water crises changed from being considered an environemental risk to a societal one. This illustrates how the impact of water scarcity progressively changes in global perception. 

    As the pace of change accelerates, and as risk interconnections deepen, this year’s report furthermore highlights the growing strain we are placing on many of the global systems we rely on. This year’s report covers more risks than ever, but focuses in particular on four key areas: environmental degradation, cybersecurity breaches, economic strains and geopolitical tensions. 

    Please visit the website of the World Economic Forums for additional information. The full download can be found here.

  • Science Platform Sustainability 2030 Calls for Systematic Implementation of the German Sustainable Development Strategy

    20/12/2017

    In its inaugural publication, the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 has called for a significant increase in efforts to implement the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Germany. To this end, a steering group of representatives from science, business and civil society, which was established at the invitation of the Federal Government, has outlined the platform's positions and tasks vis-à-vis politics and science. The platform, as a space for dialogue and a source of innovative ideas, seeks to generate added value for science as well as for political and societal practice and to make a significant contribution to the implementation of the sustainable development goals. Key elements of its initial programme of work include the establishment of working groups to address the topics of sustainable consumption, the future of work and global commons. Find out more here

  • 2017 Transnational Joint Call presentation: Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

    17/10/2017

    In 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 global goals for sustainable development to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. The Water JPI action IC4WATER focuses in particular on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) related to water challenges for implementing the Water JPI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0). It will be implemented through a Joint Call on “Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”. Its aim is to encourage transnational collaborative projects on research and innovation to support the implementation of water policies. This call will cover two topics:

    Multiple pressure effects on ecosystems and ecosystem services as well as effective mitigation – adaptation tools and assessments for implementing the water related targets of the UN SDGs.
    Developing accessible solutions for clean water management to address UN SDG6 targets and associated SDGs.

    The Water JPI 2017 Joint Call is funded by 12 Funding Partner Organisations from 12 countries, for a global estimated budget of 8.55 M€. This Call is for collaborative transnational research proposals. Consortia should include a minimum of 3 partners from 3 different participating countries. Each research Partner in a project must comply with the eligibility criteria and rules of its funding organisation.

    Please search the Website for more information

  • FONA: "Water for all: Researchers develop innovative solutions"

    10/10/2017

    FONA über die Auftaktkonferenz: "Mit einer Konferenz ist am 12. und 13. September in Karlsruhe die neue Fördermaßnahme „Globale Ressource Wasser" (GRoW) des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) an den Start gegangen. Mehr als 150 Expertinnen und Experten trafen sich im Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM), um die Verbundprojekte der Maßnahme vorzustellen sowie gemeinsame Herausforderungen und Synergiepotenziale zu identifizieren. Mit GRoW möchte das BMBF einen Beitrag zur Umsetzung des in der Agenda 2030 der Vereinten Nationen formulierten Entwicklungsziels „Sauberes Wasser und Sanitäreinrichtungen" leisten. An der Auftaktveranstaltung nahmen Vertreterinnen und Vertreter aus mehr als 90 beteiligten Institutionen aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Praxis teil."

    Lesen Sie den vollständigen Bericht hier

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