Project Networking and Supporting Activities for the Funding Programme IWRM of the German Ministry of Education and Research
Headed By Prof. Dr. Dietrich Borchardt (Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis and Management)
Personnel Dr. Ralf B. Ibisch, Dipl.-Loek. Christian Stärz, Dipl.-Pol. Sabrina Kirschke, Lisa Witzleben (Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis and Management)
Funding German Ministry of Education and Research
Duration January 2009 - June 2013

Brief description

The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports since 2006 the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management in developing and emerging nations with the funded research programme IWRM. Seven joint research projects are currently supported by the BMBF in developing and emerging nations: China, Indonesia, Israel-Jordan-Palestine, Mongolia, Namibia, South Africa and Vietnam. The goal of the research programme IWRM is to develop an adaptable and transferable
IWRM for selected, largely manageable model regions outside of the European Union in order to contribute to the improvement of human access to clean drinking water and wastewater disposal without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. Furthermore, the funding programme aims at improving the positioning of German companies at the global market and international cooperation between science, industry, administration and other stakeholders

With the aim of networking IWRM participating partners, the BMBF created a networking project in early 2009. The objective of this project is the support of content-related dialogue and networking between the different projects. An additional goal of the networking project is the provision of contextual and organisational assistance to Integrated Water Resources Management activities, including associated technology and knowledge transfer, and to assemble synergy effects from national and international research activities. The research programmes and their results can thus be presented in professional circles and the political sphere and thus contribute to the
direct application of research and development results.