The motto of this year's World Water Day "Valuing Water" directs attention to the value water holds for each and every individual. However, the value of water is not limited to daily hand washing, showering, cooking and drinking. Rather, a large part of our water consumption takes place invisibly. It is precisely this invisible water consumption that adds significantly to an exacerbation of global and regional water crises. What contribution does GRoW make to visualize these hidden water values?
The thesis paper “Seven Sins against Local Water Management” was published for GRoW by the Institute of Environmental Engineering and Management at the Witten/Herdecke University (IEEM gGmbH). Drawing on extensive empirical research, the authors identify seven starting points to secure water service performance and prevent sunk investments in the water sector.
On February 12, 2021, the former members of the UN Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) met to discuss current challenges in the water and sanitation sector. Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann, coordinator of the GRoW project SaWaM, participated in the meeting. Representing the research perspective within the water sector, he highlighted some key results from the GRoW initiative, and emphasized the role of science in achieving a sustainable water resource management.
On November 3rd and 4th, 2020, the final workshop of the GRoW project GlobeDrought took place, organized by the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University (UNU-EHS). At the virtual event, 74 participants addressed questions relating to the characterization, prognosis, monitoring and risk minimization of drought events.
The GRoW joint project STEER has published six Policy Briefs dealing with complex and cross-sectoral challenges of water governance in six different case studies. The authors present findings from Mongolia, Iran, South Africa, Southern Spain and Germany and translate them into recommendations for action.
The GRoW Video “Water as a Global Resource – Voices from the research initiative GRoW” is now available. GRoW researchers talk about challenges related to the global water crisis, GRoW solutions to overcome these and needed actions from policy and decision makers. A stronger connection of science and decision-making is needed to apply the tools developed in the research initiative GRoW for more sustainable water management.
Hamideh Nouri (GlobeDrought) and Markus Berger (WELLE) of the GRoW cross-cutting group “water footprint” will lead a session on water footprint and water productivity at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) taking place virtually from April 19 to 30, 2020. Researchers are highly encouraged to contribute suitable abstracts.
Two weeks after the closing of the hybrid GRoW final conference, the interesting and diverse presentations are available in the relive program now and until December 4. Use this opportunity to revisit the entire conference or to watch single, particularly interesting contributions.
The GRoW - Water as a Global Resource - final conference live event came to a glorious end with an exciting high-level panel discussion yesterday. Thank you to the almost 400 participants for their interesting presentations and lively inputs during discussions - most of them online from all around the globe and a few on-site in Berlin. The conference live event is now over - but some conference activities are still going on: stay tuned!