Policy relevance

The focus of the Water (WAT) Program policy-wise has been to increase awareness of the need to prioritize water development globally and raise integrated scenario-based water management on the international agenda.

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WAT researchers have partnered in a variety of activities that help set the international agenda around water. These have included i) coordinating the Water Futures and Solutions Initiative; ii) becoming members of the US Water Partnership and UN-Water and helping to make water a prominent part of the Sustainable Development Goals; iii) participating in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Global Water Partnership (GWP) Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth; iv) serving on the Scientific Programme Committee for Stockholm World Water Week and co-convening sessions on water-energy nexus solutions.

WAT also developed and enhanced assessment tools and data portals for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to use for water and agriculture assessments and decisions throughout the world, and established methods for providing the analytical basis for monitoring, assessing and evaluating the evolution of Member States in implementing the Renewable Energy Directive. A number of policy-relevant paper and books were also published in 2014.

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Last edited: 25 March 2015

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