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Sustainable Water management Improves Tomorrow's Cities'Health

Sustainable Water management Improves Tomorrow's Cities'Health

Objective

Context: With increasing global change pressures, and due to existing limitations, and un-sustainability factors and risks of conventional urban water management (UWM), cities experience difficulties in efficiently managing the ever scarcer water resources, their uses/services, and their after-use disposal, without creating environmental, social and/or economic damage.

In order to meet these challenges, SWITCH calls for a paradigm shift in UWM. There is a need to convert ad-hoc actions (problem/incident driven) into a coherent and consolidated approach (sustainability driven). This calls for an IP Approach. Research concept SWITCH therefore proposes an action research project which has as a main objective: The development, application and demonstration of a range of tested scientific, technological and socio-economic solutions and approaches that contribute to the achievement of sustainable and effective UWM schemes in 'The City of the future'.

The project will be implemented by different combinations of consortium partners, along the lines of seven complementary and interactive themes. The research approach is innovative for the combination of: action research: address problems through innovation based upon involvement of users.

Learning alliances: to link up stakeholders to interact productively and to create win-win solutions along the water chain; multiple-way learning: European cities learn from each other and from developing countries, and vice versa. Multiple-level or integrated approach: to consider the urban water system and its components (city level) in relation to its impacts on, and dependency of, the natural environment in the river basin (river basin level), and in relation to Global Change pressures (global level).
Instruments and scope: An IP with 30 partners, their resources, and a total budget of 25,191,396 EURO including budget for demonstration activities in 9 Cities in Europe and developing countries.

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Coordinator

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION - UNESCO

Address

Place De Fontenoy 7
Paris

France

Administrative Contact

Carol HOWE

Participants (32)

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STICHTING INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION (IRC)

Netherlands

STICHTING ETC

Netherlands

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT.

Netherlands

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

OVE ARUP & PARTNERS LIMITED

United Kingdom

GREENWICH UNIVERSITY ENTERPRISES LIMITED

United Kingdom

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG HARBURG

Germany

MEKOROT WATER COMPANY ISRAEL

Israel

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM.

Israel

CHONGQING UNIVERSITY

China

INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

AYUNTAMIENTO DE ZARAGOZA

Spain

UNIWERSYTET LODZKI

Poland

INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE IWMI

Sri Lanka

KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, KUMASI

Ghana

BELO HORIZONTE PREFEITURA

Brazil

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MINAS GERAIS

Brazil

ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH

Germany

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

UNIVERSIDAD DEL VALLE

Colombia

IPES - PROMOCION DEL DESARROLLO SOSTENIBLE

Peru

INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT PROF. DR. SIEKER. MBH

Germany

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

HOUSE OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENT

Palestine

CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ARAB REGION AND EUROPE

Egypt

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA

Colombia

UNIVERSITY OF ABERTAY DUNDEE

United Kingdom

FREIE UND HANSESTADT HAMBURG

Germany

HAFENCITY UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 18530

  • Start date

    1 February 2006

  • End date

    30 April 2011

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 21 282 790

  • EU contribution

    € 14 749 996

Coordinated by:

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION - UNESCO

France