As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
The JRC presented its water-related activities in partner countries during this year's World Water Week , which was held in Stockholm from 1-6 September under the theme "Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships".
The focus was on the two Regional Networks of Centres of Excellence in Water Sciences in Africa (NEPAD SANWATCE ) and Latin America (RALCEA ), which fall under the EU Water Initiative  (EUWI). The main goal of these networks is to promote policy making and capacities in the water sector based on scientific and technical knowledge.
Collaboration with the African network is mainly through workshops, where obstacles such as poor access to data or lack of good data quality and accuracy, and challenges for the future, for instance improving the coordination between the institutions or adapting the information to the specificity of the stakeholder, are pointed out.
An example of cooperation with Latin America includes the organisation of several training sessions on REFRAN CV software (Regional Analysis of Climate Variables), which the JRC developed together with the RALCEA institutions to perform regional frequency analysis of precipitation data.
World Water Week 2013 explored perspectives for building partnerships, advancing future water cooperation and finding solutions for the world's water-related challenges. Over 100 events were organised, including 60 seminars, 42 side events, 8 scientific workshop and two plenary sessions.