The mission of Water JPI is to enable intelligent solutions in water control in a changing world.
Global water resources are threatened by a number of factors. Ecosystems are threatened by an ever-increasing demand for water and by wide-spread pollutants: water resources are being overused, they are unequally divided, and the quality of water is deteriorating. Climate change will increase droughts in some areas and floods in others. Responding to the grand societal, economic, ecological and technological challenges requires a pan-European, joint multidisciplinary approach. The aim the Water JPI is to have a joint view of how to achieve water systems for a sustainable economy both in Europe and worldwide.
The Council of the European Union launched a Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) in water research, Water JPI – Challenges for a changing world, in 2010. Ten years later in 2020, the Water JPI involves 23 EU member states and the European Commission as members. Three other countries have observer status. Finland has been a member since the beginning of Water JPI. Finland’s participation is coordinated by the Academy of Finland. The Finnish expert members of the Water JPI come from the University of Helsinki and Natural Resources Institute Finland. In its coordination work, the Academy of Finland is supported by a broad-based national stakeholder group that includes representatives of Finnish ministries, universities and research institutes.
According to its research and innovation strategy, the Water JPI will improve the harmonisation of the research agendas of the European water sector through carefully selected actions, such as research projects, infrastructures and international research collaborations.