GROWnet: Innovative Solutions for Global Water Issues

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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 in its support of "Global Resource Water (GROW)": Across twelve research projects, innovative solutions for global water problems are being developed and demonstrated in local case studies in collaboration with actors from the business world, public administration, and society. Their main focus is to increase control competences in the water sector. The research groups are developing innovative approaches to support decision making, forecasting tools, assessment systems and management instruments, for example, to reduce water pollution and increase the efficiency of water use.

adelphi is heading the networking and transfer project GROWnet, the aim of which is to strengthen the overall impact of the ministry’s support for “GROW”. To do so, adelphi will foster active exchange and cooperation between the research groups, support them in transferring their results to be applied in the field, and synthesise and distribute the overall results in collaboration with them. adelphi will thus organise a range of conferences and workshops at which the project results and crosscutting topics can be discussed. To support the research project in effectively transferring its results into practice and policy, adelphi will incorporate a broad user perspective, point out possible marketing strategies, and provide support in strengthening the policy connectivity of the research results. adelphi is also supporting the communication of the results and preparing them for specific groups of users from policy, business, public administration, and academia.