The availability of water resources is a key contributory factor to economic and social development, as well as being an essential pillar of environmental preservation. The most of the Mediterranean regions, with a semi-arid climate, has historically suffered from water scarcity. This has led in many cases to a strong culture in the efficient use of water and development of innovative policies and techniques relating to sustainable water management. Within this context, some Mediterranean regions have developed effective research-driven clusters focused on sustainable and efficient management of water, and dedicate considerable resources to research, technical development and innovation (R&TD&I) activities in this field. The SWAM Project is proposed to supply preconditions for further economic growth and global competitiveness of Murcia, Eastern-Galilee and Western Greece regions having high potential in the Water Technologies (Water-Tech) sector. The Project will develop an Action Plan (JAP) with the collaboration of these three regions, through mutual understanding of the respective research systems, coordinating their science policies as well as sharing the best practices and experiences in order to draw a pathway regarding: - Integration of synergies among these clusters, strengthening their internal capabilities and joining efforts in water technologies R&TD&I in order to develop world-wide this leading market. - Overcoming the current financial crisis as much as possible, by mobilizing other financial possibilities afforded by national/regional authorities, the private sector and by Community programmes. The project offers a cross-cutting effect over the participants’ regional economies, since water technologies are applied to all economic and productive sectors. There is also an innovative approach behind the idea which supports these clusters: to increase the regional economy growth and competitiveness matched with environmental preservation.
Field of science
- /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
- /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/water management
- /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
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Funding SchemeCSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions