The quality and adequacy of aquatic resources and water is currently an important issue and key societal challenge worldwide. There are also many research challenges linked to the circulation and use of water. The Academy Programme Sustainable Governance of Aquatic Resources (AKVA, 2012–2016) aims to tackle the scientific challenges related to water.
One of the driving principles behind the programme is interdisciplinarity. Water research is a broad and wide-ranging field of study that is interlinked with a number of different disciplines and sectors. Water as a natural resource, in turn, is linked to environmental, social, political and economic changes that have a bearing on the state of aquatic environments and on the availability and usability of water. It is also important to consider the cultural, health-related and safety and security aspects of water. All projects included in the programme are encouraged to give special attention to the practical application and potential for application in the research.
The programme comprises twelve national research projects and international joint projects.