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World Water Week in Stockholm

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New JRC information systems for EU Water Initiative at the World Water Week in Stockholm

 

At the World Water Week in Stockholm, under the EU Water Initiative (EUWI), the JRC introduced two new and updated information systems, essential tools for effective knowledge management among the international water community.

Representatives from all over the world presented results and discussed future developments of the EU Water Initiative (EUWI) during the multi-stakeholder forum, held in Stockholm under the umbrella of the World Water Week.

During the multi-stakeholder forum, EU Member States, partner countries, civil society, the private sector and local governments from more than 30 countries reviewed progress made by the EUWI and during round-table discussions outlined priorities for the future.

One of the main aims of EUWI is to improve aid to help the poorest countries of Africa, where internationally agreed goals are far from being reached. During the forum, Mr Bai-Mass Taal, Executive Secretary of the African Minister Council of Water (AMCOW) underlined that, “we want EU to wholly embrace Africa’s needs for water and sanitation, and to improve and strengthen the partnership that already exists between us”.

An important part of EUWI implementation, and essential tools for effective knowledge management among the international water community are the new information systems, http://www.euwi.net/ (EUWI) and http://www.aquaknow.net/ (Aquaknow) (developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The European Commission, the JRC and EUWI partners will also issue online Water Guidelines for practitioners which will be used by the African and Latin American Centres of Excellence on Water.

Background document: New JRC information systems to promote dialogue under EU Water Initiative

 

21/08/09