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IC4WATER plans to elaborate new principles of international transnational research and innovation cooperation through concrete joint programming. It will in particular focus on the theme of UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) related to Water challenges: Within the new post-2015 development agenda, the place of water-related issues has been further strengthened. Indeed, water is at stake not only in Goal 6 to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, divided into seven specific targets, but in almost all of the 17 SDGs.
French National Research Agency (France)
Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland)
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal)
Academy of Finland (Finland)
Research Council of Norway (Norway)
Innovation Fund Denmark (Denmark)
Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus)
Swedish Research Council Formas (Sweden)
Ministry of the Infrastructure and Environment (The Netherlands)
Natural Environment Research Council (United Kingdom)
Center of International Project (Moldova)
Jülich Forschungszentrum (Germany)
Water Europe (Belgium)
Ministry of the Environment (Estonia)
What is the project about?
Water challenges are recognised by the World Economic Forum as a top risk in terms of impact to the economy and society in the upcoming years. Water crises, associated with the failure of climate change adaptation, are also perceived as more likely to occur and have an impact than the average risk. Global water requirements are projected to increase by 40% by 2030. In this context, the outreach and opening of the Water JPI to international partners is increasingly raising interest among the latter. In Support of the Water JPI development, IC4Water is a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission for the development of international cooperation in Research and Innovation in the Water area. It aims to elaborate new principles of transnational RDI cooperation and to develop a common strategy co-designed with the Water JPI members, European initiatives (such as the other JPIs, or Water Europe) and International partners.
What are the specific challenges the project addresses?
Tackling these global challenges requires joining resources (human, financial) at international level in order to create a critical mass able to provide solutions to the Society. This cooperation faces numerous challenges: complexity of cooperation models, lack of national programmes, disparities in time scales, or variety of interest groups and agendas. Why should it do so? What kind of countries are of interest? Still though, there are a number of important benefits, motivations and enabling factors, including greater impact of R&D results and of scientific discovery and advances in technology; scale, scope and complexity of research topics and international issues; or capacity-building.
What are the key research and innovation goals of the project and their expected impact?
IC4WATER aims to increase the scale and ambition of water RDI activities beyond the current level, raising the overall coherence and efficiency of the use of European resources and valorising European know-how on water solutions at a global level in the context of the UN SDGs agenda. This is done via a set of joint activities, iterative coordination with the existing Water JPI SRIA and developing cooperation models with the most relevant partners (funders, economic sector, researchers). It also aspires to develop long-term RDI cooperation with European and international institutions for making the Water JPI, in cooperation with the European Commission, a privileged and attractive partner for global RDI cooperation. IC4WATER will have a strengthened role for underpinning knowledge and evidence for supporting the implementation of related international & EU policies, and the global water-related negotiations and fora. This will be achieved through cocreation and co-development of appropriate tools and concrete actions for reaching the UN SDGs objectives by 2030, which require innovative solutions easily transposable in all countries.
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