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Wetlands and huge cultural changes are required globally to adapt to the reality of climate change and extreme weather events.

That was the key message from Meike van Ginneken, Special Water Envoy to the Dutch Government who spoke at the COP28 water pavilion on December 8, 2023.

“Let’s not forget that people experience climate change through water. For the first time in history we, mankind, have pushed the water cycle out of balance. We don’t know what is going to happen.

Technology and engineering are not going to get us there. The water transition that we need goes well beyond the water sector. It was vital for humankind to restore and protect freshwater stocks, such as wetlands, as these are crucial buffers under both drought conditions and at times of fresh water floods due to their ability to store excess rain.

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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.