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Cooperation beyond Europe

Even though the primary remit of the JPIs is to promote cross-border collaboration of European Member States, international cooperation has rapidly emerged as a secondary priority, in particular for supporting the European leadership in water science and technology. The Water JPI current membership includes four Horizon 2020 Associated countries, e.g. Norway, Moldova, Israel and Turkey.


With the increased awareness on water challenges (e.g. conclusions of the World Economic Forum, future approval of the UN Sustainable Development Goals), the Water JPI should play a more important role in providing and steering research and innovation in the Water sector, in close cooperation with upcoming international conventions/ policies and international research fora, such as the Belmont Forum or the Global Water Research Coalition.

International cooperation activities within the Water JPI have the objectives of i) building the critical mass needed to provide an effective response to major societal challenges; and, ii) enabling Europe to participate more effectively in agenda setting in international water fora.

As a starting point, the Water JPI has mapped research and innovation activities (from funding to execution) in seven priority countries with which further collaboration could be sought: Brazil, Canada, China, India, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam. See the Mapping Beyond Europe report.

Some of these seven countries, plus some others, are members of the four ERA-NETs Cofund coordinated by the Water JPI, Waterworks 2014WaterWorks2015WaterWorks2017 and/or AquaticPollutants and are  funding partners in the 2015 Joint Call2016 Joint Call, 2017 Joint Call and 2018 Joint Call for research projects:

  • Brazil / Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies - CONFAP
  • Canada / Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - NSERC
  • Egypt / Academy of Scientific Research & Technology - ASRT
  • South Africa / Water Research Commission involved in the four ERA-NETs Cofund and in five Water JPI Joint Calls – WRC
  • Taiwan / Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology – MOST
  • Tunisia / Institution for Agricultural Research and Higher Education – IRESA
  • Tunisia Ministry of High Education and Scientific Research - MHESR

Through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Water Research Commission (WRC), the Republic of South-Africa joined the Water JPI as full member in November 2017. Water JPI members are currently studying modalities for long-term partnerships with additional countries.

The Water JPI, through the Coordination Support Action (CSA) IC4WATER (International Cooperation, Supporting International Cooperation Activities on Water), aims at developing a common strategy for international cooperation, extending and strengthening this international cooperation further, including the selection of countries outside Europe for future cooperation. IC4Water reviewed and updated the previous mapping exercises and, on the basis of the strategic criteria defined in Task 2.1, identified the most relevant third countries to be considered in the enlargement of the Water JPI. Unlike previous mapping exercises, innovation was taken into account as criteria. Results of the analysis showed that the Water JPI should primarily aim at establishing international cooperation with the countries which match the European stakeholders on excellence, which is the North American countries, the BRICS countries and South Korea, Japan and Singapore. Next in line are the countries which have experienced a major step forward within the last decades, such as Chile, Vietnam, Malaysia, Ghana, Senegal, Lebanon and Russia, and the third category which should be kept under observation for future cooperation are those countries, i.e. in Africa, which have had high economic growth lately.  See the IC4Water mapping report “Identification of relevant international countries for RDI cooperation”.

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published on 2016/02/19 16:56:00 GMT+1 last modified 2021-03-02T15:25:13+01:00