The project supports BMZ by providing expert advice, in addition to devising strategies and approaches for implementing the water strategy. To achieve this, innovative models for financing water and sanitation, as well as approaches to encourage good governance, are being developed, for example. Strategies focusing on the role of water in adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gases are being developed that take account of the entire water cycle. These approaches support international processes, with particular attention paid to the interrelationships between water and other areas, such as agriculture and energy, or migration and the root causes of displacement.
The project develops strategies for securing long-term water availability for all. Among other things, the project supports BMZ and the European Union (EU) in regional and international exchange on the water-energy-food nexus (WEF nexus). Political discourse with the aim of developing integrated approaches is conducted with diverse actors and regional organisations, for example in Latin America with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in the Middle East and North Africa with the Arab League and in West Africa with the Niger Basin Authority (ABN). Policy recommendations will then be derived from this discourse.
In January 2019, two further projects were added: one at Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi River for nexus-based water management, the other to improve security and climate resilience in fragile regions of the Sahel zone.
In international dialogue, the project has triggered and shaped the development of new mechanisms required to support and finance access to safe water and sanitation. In cooperation with KfW Development Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank, a new fund is currently being developed to enable resources to be deployed more effectively, efficiently and in a manner better able to combat poverty.
The international discourse specifically addressed the close relationship between water and climate. As a result, the crucial importance of water management, particularly in adaptation and mitigation measures, has been firmly embedded in the annual UN Climate Change Conferences and the Global Commission on Adaptation.
Policy recommendations for the nexus approach were introduced by partners in three regions. Action plans for implementing investment projects for water, energy and food security were drawn up jointly.
More than 450 participants were provided with training as part of capacity-building measures. Participants were taught about the relationship between water, energy and food security and about integrated approaches.