In 2050, a large part of the world's population will live in densely populated urban deltas. These areas will be faced with a growing demand for water for household use, food production, energy transition and industrial use. At the same time, the flood risks in delta regions are high due to sea level rise and subsidence, amongst others. Climate change, urbanisation and population growth require new, sustainable solutions to secure water safety and water security worldwide.
The worldwide water challenges offer opportunities for the Dutch water sector and its expertise. From a business perspective, but also to gain knowledge and create longterm partnerships.
The Partners for Water 2016-2021 programme supports the sector in many ways. With activities in 15 (delta countries), thematic approaches on resilience, finance for water and water technology, and a subsidy scheme (more details in Dutch), the programme offers ample opportunity to work on international projects, exchange knowledge with national and international peers and explore new markets for Dutch water expertise.
Partners for Water programme is flexible, responds to current events and seeks connections with other financing options: public and private, domestic and international.
The Partners for Water programme is one of the implementation instruments to realise the Netherlands International Water Ambition (NIWA) of the Dutch government – read more in Dutch. This ambition brings together the broad water sector – government, knowledge institutes, NGOs and private sector – to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, especially the goals related to water.
The NIWA has a dual role: to strengthen water security and water safety in the world of humans, flora and fauna while at the same time facilitating the Netherlands’ contribution and maximising the Netherlands’ potential for profit.
The Partners for Water programme is a shared responsibility of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) are jointly implementing this programme. NWP’s events, country and theme activities are often supported by Partners for Water.