Urban Water Resilience

Worldwide, the regionally diverse impacts of climate change are leading to increased and intensified extreme weather events, particularly posing a heightened threat of floods or water stress in urban areas. These natural disasters not only cause significant ecological damage but also present an immense burden on the global economy, with floods following storms being the natural disaster with the highest overall economic damages worldwide. Against this backdrop, German Water Partnership (GWP) has intensified its strategic efforts and is now dedicated to promoting water resilience in urban areas.

Our Objectives

  • Identification of Financing and Project Opportunities: We are seeking diverse sources of financing and developing business concepts to support innovative projects for urban water resilience.
  • Consortium Building and Project Initiation: By forming partnerships and initiating projects, we aim for a holistic approach to jointly develop and implement solutions for the challenges of urban water resilience.
  • Promotion of Exchange and Development of Best Practices: We foster the continuous exchange of knowledge and experiences between members and external experts to identify, disseminate, and further develop best practices.
  • Networking and Contacts: The AG aims to actively promote networking among members to strengthen exchange and collaboration. The goal is to establish significant relationships with government agencies to have a direct impact on policy decisions.
  • Needs Identification: The AG will intensively analyze needs and specific market conditions in different regions to develop targeted measures.

Thematic Clusters

  • Stormwater Management: Implementation of measures for efficient management of rainwater and flood prevention
  • Water Security: Development of strategies and technologies to secure and preserve water resources from pollution and scarcity
  • Integrated Urban Planning and Modernization of General Drainage Planning: Development of strategies for effective urban planning considering water management and drainage systems
  • Digital Tools and Planning: Utilization of digital technologies and planning tools for optimizing water infrastructure and resource management
  • Capacity Building: Promotion of skills and resources to strengthen capabilities in dealing with water-related challenges and crises

Current Initiatives and Projects

The AG has developed a position paper on Urban Water Resilience. Learn more: About the position paper of the Urban Water Resilience Working Group (in German).

This working group interacts with the GWP regional sections as well as the working groups.

News & Information

THE BLUE ECONOMY ROUND in Cairo: Press conference on EWWI Egypt Water, Waste & Infrastructure

A press conference in Cairo on July 25, 2023 kicked off the upcoming EWWI, which will be held October 1-3, 2023, with the participation of GWP and other international partners.

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International online conference BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues 2023 on „Closing the Loop – Circular Water Economy“

Titled “Closing the Loop – Circular Water Economy”, the BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues will focus on the important topic of closed water cycles on 8 November 2023. The consequences of global climate change and the increasing scarcity of resources call for new and holistic ways of managing water.

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Global perspectives & partnerships: GWP at the Global Water Summit in Berlin

The Global Water Summit took place in Berlin from 8th to 10th May. The event provided an opportunity for German Water Partnership (GWP) and its members to engage in global networking in the heart of Berlin.

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German Water Partnership at the ABIDJAN2023

From February 19th – 23rd 2023, the 21st International AfWASA Congress & Exhibition and the 7th International FSM Conference were held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. GWP…

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