GWP: The Network of the German Water Sector

350 Members

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Operating in more than 100 countries

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14 country and regional forums

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6 thematic working groups

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more than 50 anual meetings and events

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over 400m² at the IFAT 2020

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German Water Partnership e.V. (GWP) brings together around 350 private and public companies from the water sector, as well as other actors like trade associations, government agencies and research institutes. Since its foundation in 2008, the network has been supported by five federal ministries – for Environment, Research, Development, Economics and the Foreign Affairs.

The main goal of GWP is to promote Germany’s high-quality products and services on a global level and to further improve the standing of the German water sector in international markets through information, networks and international partnerships.

The claim “Solutions you can trust” stands for innovation, quality, safety and sustainability in the German water sector. 

GWP – Contact person at home an abroad

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.

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Networking of members

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

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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.

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Member Competencies

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.

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