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The first Advisory Boards meeting held a few days ago in Belgium gathered representatives of the Scientific and Technological Board and the Stakeholders Advisory Group.

Around twenty-five people could meet in person,  thanks to the Department of Science and Innovation who kindly hosted the meeting in its facilities at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Brussels. It was an important moment to begin the boards that will run during the whole Water4All Partnership and be able to exchange views.

The role and rules of the Advisory Boards were presented. The meeting focused on specific themes which were open to discussion. For instance, the update of the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and further development of a topic on Transboundary Cooperation, the involvement of the Advisory Boards in the Joint Transnational Call process, from the call text drafting to the support for funded projects’ monitoring and the implementation of young research Calls.

Other important points were developed to collect their opinion on thematic focus and list of policy subjects to be considered by the water4All policy support working group or on the implementation of future knowledge hubs. A time slot to exchange on stakeholders’ engagement for the implementation of Water Oriented Living Labs (WoLLs), and water-related Living Labs areas of intervention was also on the agenda. The international cooperation strategy and the monitoring of the partnership were also addressed and will be further discussed in another meeting.

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The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the Planet - is a funding programme for scientific research in freshwater. It aims to tackle water challenges to face climate change, help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

It is co-funded by the European Union within the frame of the Horizon Europe programme (a key funding programme for research and innovation). The Partnership duration is for seven years from 2022.

The Water4All objective is to enable water security at a large scale and in the long term. Its goal is also to tackle water issues in a holistic frame. 

All forms of life on earth need water. All human activities operate with this resource. Water is part of our everyday life. It is also integrated within urban and countryside landscapes. It is one of the most valuable elements we share with plants and animals.

These simple facts must be kept in mind to understand the Water4All ambition.

This resource is weakened in many places due to climate changes, and human habits. We know that we can improve the way we use water. Everyone has a role to play and especially the scientific research community.

Scientific research is the heart of the Partnership as It is a powerful tool to improve knowledge on preserving, restoring, and managing this essential resource. 

International cooperation is also needed as water has no borders on Earth and runs from one country to another.

Water4All brings together a broad and cohesive group of 90 partners from 33 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.