The German Water Partnership e.V. (GWP) is a network that brings together around 350 private and public companies from the water sector, as well as trade associations and institutions from business, science and research. Since its foundation in 2008, the initiative has been supported by the five Federal Ministries of the Environment, Research, Development, Economics and the Federal Foreign Office.
The main goal of GWP is to establish German expertise and quality worldwide and to position German water competencies in international markets. Thus, integrated and sustainable approaches meet the problems and challenges of water management all over the world and the use of innovative German technologies and German know-how is being improved worldwide.
The anniversary celebration and annual conference of German Water Partnership e.V. (GWP) took place in Berlin on June 27th and 28th, 2018. In addition to the members of the association from all over Germany, there were also numerous representatives of the federal ministries, cooperation partners as well as well-known guests from research and science.
GWP is the central contact for enquiries from abroad. While the German market is almost saturated for the water industry, demand is growing worldwide. The demand for innovative technological know-how and qualified water management is rising rapidly, especially in developing and emerging countries. The claim “Solutions you can trust” stands worldwide for innovation, quality, safety and sustainability in the German water sector. GWP provides interested parties from abroad with individually prepared information and supports the communication and business initiation with members and partners of the network. At international symposia and conferences, GWP explains the competences and unique selling points of German water management and research.
The exchange and cooperation between GWP and the trade associations, institutions and ministries consolidate the position of German water management and research in international competition. The aim of the German Water Partnership is to develop and strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation, which is implemented, among other things, through joint events, trade fair appearances or delegation trips. For this purpose, the German Water Partnership works closely with many international cooperation partners and since its founding in 2008 cooperates with five federal ministries.
GWP promotes communication between companies and research and is committed to reducing barriers to innovation and strengthening the marketing environment of the German water industry.
Through the → Regional Sections,GWP creates a network for its members in the focus countries for the successful positioning of German water management and research, taking regional requirements into account. In addition, GWP offers its members various platforms for the exchange of information and experience in the context of general meetings and annual conferences.
The highest level of the German Water Partnership is the general assembly. It is held regularly, approves the actions of the board of directors and legitimates the association’s work. The board of directors consists of 15 people. It elects the executive board, which is composed of one chairman and three representatives. The GWP board nominates the general manager and herewith controls operations. It also organises working groups which are headed by board members wherever possible.
The competencies of GWP and GWP members lie in the sustainable use of water, in secure supply, efficient treatment of water and in capacity building. This expertise “Made in Germany” is a competitive advantage especially on the international water market. The German water sector benefits from 150 years of experience in technology, utilisation and management. This makes the German water industry an efficient and internationally competitive industry.
The association organises an annual conference usually to coincide with its general assembly. This conference is basically open to all persons involved in water management. The practical work of the members takes place in committees, regional forums and working groups. Within the framework of the platforms, the members of the association organize themselves according to their tasks.