Award for new Water4Change-project!15 October, 2019
Given the ambitious vision of the partnership and the project, Water4Change – the flagship partnership programme between The Netherlands and India – received a honorary award.
The Water4Change research programme aims to catalyse positive transformative change in urban water systems in fast-growing Indian cities. The project is funded under the Cooperation India – the Netherlands programme. Given the ambitious vision of the partnership and the project, Water4Change received an honorary award by H.M. King Willem-Alexander and H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth Sciences of the Government of India.
The ceremony took place during the Technology Summit organised by the Indian Government Department of Science and Technology (DST) in Delhi, October 15-16. In his speech, King Willem-Alexander stressed the importance of scrutinising the ‘how’ of innovation, and that co-creation is an essential component of innovation.
India is a country which is rapidly growing into urban agglomerations showing infrastructure deficits and adaptation gaps in relation to current and future climatic, societal and economic change. Water4Change embraces water as a basic necessity for life that is both an agent and catalyst of positive transformative changes that are needed to pro-actively deal with and respond to these challenges.
To facilitate long-term sustainability and resilience of urban water systems, the programme will co-create and mainstream an integrative, fit-for-purpose and adaptive water sensitive design framework in close collaboration with stakeholders in three Indian cities. The framework will be developed by synergistically connecting four realms – governance, built and natural environment, technology and infrastructure design and societal behaviours – for the delivery of transformative change.
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Water4Change is co-funded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Indian Government Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the Cooperation India – the Netherlands programme.