Official launch of Water JPI and kick-off of coordination and support action WatEUr

11 Feb 2013

The Spanish Government, the European Commission and high-level representatives of other Member States and Associated Countries have launched the Water JPI, which will contribute to the establishment of the European Research Area by ensuring the coherence of national and regional research programmes and priorities on one of the major societal challenges of the future: achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad.

Water JPI, the Joint Programming Initiative “Water Challenges for a Changing World”, currently includes 18 European countries and the European Commission. Five other EU countries participate as observers. Finland’s participation is coordinated by the Academy of Finland. Responding to the grand challenge of ensuring the supply of good-quality water to meet the needs of people, the economy and the environment requires a joint, multidisciplinary approach.

The initiative will better coordinate European research agendas, triggering specific activities such as projects, infrastructure and mobility. It will also promote competitiveness in the water industry and implement a water-wise biobased economy.

Coordination and Support Action WatEUr

The implementation of the Water JPI is prepared and supported by the three-year FP7 project WatEUr, which held its kick-off meeting at the Madrid meeting. It will involve 17 institutions from 14 member countries of the Water JPI.


The Water JPI was approved on 6 December 2011 by the Council of the European Union to foster increased strategic cooperation on water research and innovation in Europe, a sector which has a high economic importance with an average growth rate of 5 per cent and a turnover of about EUR 80 billion a year.

More information

  • Water JPI website
  • Science Adviser Kata-Riina Valosaari, PhD, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 29 533 5128, kata-riina.valosaari(at)
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