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The Water4All Partnership is holding its first stakeholder consultative workshop on the 16th and 17th February in Helsinki. The organisation of this workshop takes place in the frame of the updating process of the Water4All’s SRIA, which is due by the end of 2025. This event in Helsinki is the first one of a series of two, the second time taking place in spring 2025.

The aim of consultative workshops is to gather experts’ views as regards the contents of the SRIA. The results of these discussions will be taken into account in the second version of the SRIA i.e. inclusion of additional research and innovation needs, reformulation of existing topics, etc. Given the number of key themes in the SRIA (7, shown in a Figure further up in the text), Water4All partners were asked to indicate which theme they wished to privilege for discussion in the first consultative workshop. Hence, the theme “Biodiversity and Ecosystems”, looking at monitoring tools, resilience and mitigation to global change, restoration and tools for policy making was selected.

At the time of writing this article, more than 30 water experts from academia, research and innovation, water management and decision making organisations have confirmed their participation.


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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.