Over the last 15 years, NWP has been actively involved in the governmental Partners for Water Programme. Together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, we have supported different Dutch ministries active in the field of water, Dutch Embassies worldwide, and the Dutch water sector in materialising their international water ambitions. The fourth programme period, the Partners for Water Programme 2016-2021, has been concluded on 31 December 2021 and with that NWP's involvement in the programme stopped.
The Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management is currently in the process of setting up a new Partners for Water Programme.
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, drought and biodiversity loss require new, sustainable solutions to secure water safety and water security worldwide.
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.