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The European co-funded partnerships are a new instrument launched in Horizon Europe. Such a programme of activities may support networking and coordination, research, innovation, pilot actions, innovation and market deployment actions, training and mobility actions, awareness raising and communication, dissemination and exploitation, and any relevant financial support, such as grants, prizes, and procurement.

The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the Planet has been officially launched on 1st June 2022. Water4All vision is to enable water security for all in the long term, by boosting systemic transformations and changes across the entire research-water innovation pipeline, fostering the matchmaking between problem owners and solution providers.  

With a total budget of 420 M€, Water4All brings together for the next decade a wide and cohesive group of over 80 partners from 31 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers a variety of partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation chain:

  • Research and innovation funders,
  • Thematic authorities in charge of water issues and policy-makers,
  • Local authorities,
  • Associations and networks representing the economic sector in the field of water at the European, national or regional levels,
  • Research organisations;

Water4All proposes a portfolio of multi-national and cross-sectoral activities targeting a variety of actors and intending to generate the following outputs:

  • Strengthening the water Research and Innovation (R&I) collaboration at the European and international levels, notably through six Joint Transnational Calls
  • Coordinating and leveraging the activities of the Water R&I community
  • Supporting and promoting demonstration and access to the market of innovative solutions
  • Producing, sharing and better communicating water-related knowledge & data, from local to global scales
  • Enhancing talent development of the water R&I professionals
  • Fostering capacity development and life-long training of water policy-makers, stakeholders and the civil society
  • Designing and implementing approaches for participatory development of innovation

Water4All organised its launch event in Brussels on 13-14th October 2022, with a public session gathering 110 persons on-site and more than 200 online attendees. An important moment for Water4All team to meet and share the ambition of Water4All for the next decade. The challenge is huge and expectations are high as Water4All must contribute to reaching the objectives of the EU Green Deal and support the implementation and achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by accelerating the transfer of solutions in foreign contexts, where specific challenges can be encountered.

The kick-off meeting also focused on interactions with other partnerships with close connections: Biodiversa / Sustainable Blue Economy: Blue Partnership / AE4EU: Agroecology for Europe, and DUT: Driving Urban Transitions to a sustainable future.



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The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the planet - 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 objectives are to tackle water challenges as means to face climate change, help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

The Water4All Partnership's 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 that we all 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 how to preserve, restore, and manage 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 wide and cohesive group of 79 partners from 31 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.