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On September 13 in Sarajevo, Ariane Blum, coordinator of the Water4All partnership, participated in this conference.

The theme of this event was “Opportunities for the Western Balkans stakeholders to meet with European Partnerships”.

One of the objectives of this conference was to build bridges between national/regional priorities and EU priorities and to support the inclusion of the Western Balkans economies in relevant EU initiatives and platforms, such as European Partnerships. As part of the conference programme, Ariane held bilateral meetings with representatives of funding agencies and ministries of Western Balkans countries. It was a perfect occasion to enhance the visibility of the partnership.  

Water is a major issue and challenge in the Western Balkans. This conference was, hence, an opportunity for the partnership and the Western Balkans economies to exchange and identify how Water4All could support collaborative research and water management. 

To have more information on the conference, see  "Links".

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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.