Achieved goals for eight research projects in support to UN SDGs!

The aim of the Water JPI Joint Call launched in 2017 in the frame of the CSA IC4WATER was to enable transnational collaborative research and innovation projects supporting the implementation of water policies, in particular on “Water Resource Management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, in order to increase knowledge and develop solutions.

Projects adressed the following challenges :

  • 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

They were also encouraged to i) promote trans-disciplinary research, ii) combine basic and applied approaches, iii) stimulate mobility of researchers within the consortia, iv) enhance collaborative research and innovation during the project’s lifespan and beyond, and v) promote international cooperation in the water area.


The 8 projects funded covered a wide variety of themes. 


The final review of the eight projects funded was organized by the Research Council of Norway in cooperation with the Water JPI secretariat in a remote meeting on 9th February 2023. All eight projects as well as the Funding Agencies (Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, France, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Sweden) and the Water JPI Coordinator, Esther Diez Cebollero (ANR, France) were represented at the meeting. Due to the fact that IC4water project was officially over before this meeting, the follow up group experts could not attend.


The Principal Investigators presented the activities carried out and the main outcomes of their projects that were also compiled in final progress reports made availbale prior to the review meeting.


The Funding Agencies agreed that all projects achieved their objectives despite the Covid-19 pandemic causing restrictions and lockdowns over the the different continents which delayed field work and analysis and hindered the mobility actions.

The Principal Investigators and their partners must be acknowledged for the detailed accounts of their project achievements.


Many project partners applied to new fundings (e.g. Water4All partnership, Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, European South African Science and Technology Advancement Programme) to follow up additional activities.

Find more about the call by clicking here.

To read more about the projects, click here.