With the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community has taken on its first joint effort to improve the way we deal with water resources. Achieving the SDGs, and especially SDG 6 “Clean Water and Sanitation”, means protecting the natural bases for life while simultaneously guaranteeing that all people are supplied with drinking water and sanitary facilities. Working against this goal are the continually growing global demand for water and associated conflicts surrounding the use and over-exploitation of water resources. It is at this juncture where research can provide an important contribution to the implementation of the SDGs.
The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is taking on this challenge by launching the funding initiative "Water as a Global Resource" (GRoW): More than 90 institutions from research, industry and practice develop innovative solutions for global water problems across twelve research projects and demonstrate their findings in local case studies. This link between local and global action allows for the design of regionally applicable concepts, while also providing improved global information and forecasts on water resources and demand. The main focus is to increase control competences in the water sector. The research groups are therefore developing innovative approaches to support decisions, assessment systems and management instruments, for example, to reduce water pollution and increase the efficiency of water use.
adelphi leads the networking and transfer project GRoWnet, which aims to strengthen the overall impact of the funding initiative GRoW. adelphi fosters active exchange and cooperation between the joint research projects and supports them in transferring their results into practice. In collaboration with the research projects, adelphi synthesises the overall results. adelphi organises a range of conferences and workshops, where project partners discuss results of the joint research projects and on crosscutting topics. To support the research projects in effectively transferring their results into practice and policy, adelphi brings in a broader user perspective and points out strategies to strengthen policy connectivity of the research results. adelphi also supports the overall and targeted communication of GRoW results towards specific groups of users from policy, business, public administration, and academia.