DWA and GIZ conclude cooperation agreement

Water sector and international cooperation team up

Hennef/Bonn, The German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH signed a cooperation agreement in the German town of Hennef on 18 July 2012.

The agreement provides a basis for joint promotion of sustainable water and waste management in developing and emerging countries. Both parties can draw on many years of experience and regional networks throughout the world. DWA and GIZ have previously cooperated on other projects, for example on improving quality management in Egyptian water utility companies.

DWA and GIZ are considering several possible areas of cooperation, including increasing the use of international standards for water and waste management, further training for specialists from developing and emerging countries, exchange of knowledge between experts at international and national level, and promoting water and waste management associations in the partner countries of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) devotes its efforts to developing safe and sustainable water management. Politically and economically independent, it works in the fields of water management, sewage, waste and soil conservation. The number of its members makes the DWA the largest organisation in this field in Europe, and its special expertise and competence give it a prominent place in standardisation, professional training and public information. It has around 14,000 members representing the specialists and managers of municipalities, universities and polytechnics, engineering offices, authorities and industry.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise with worldwide operations. We support the German Government in the fields of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education. Through our work, we assist people and societies in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions.