EIT Water: nearly 80% of the world’s population might be exposed to water insecurity due to climate change
The cross-KIC initiative - which brings together EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, and EIT Raw Materials - focuses on accelerating innovation commercialization of technological solutions for challenges faced at the intersection of water, climate, agriculture, and energy, to address the water scarcity problem.
Nearly 80% of the world’s population is exposed to high levels of threat to water security due to anthropogenic climate change.
Considerable changes in freshwater resources have been occurring across the globe, indicating a future in which already limited water resources will become even more precious.
The dramatically increased water demands resulting from increasingly uncertain climate conditions and growing population indicate the need for a holistic, intelligent decision-making framework that embraces cutting edge technological advancements, for managing water that is human-centric, socially equitable, economically efficient, and environmentally resilient, as advocated by the UN Agenda 2030, Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs (UN, 2015).
EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Raw Materials and Athena, BioAzul joint forces to face this real challenge with Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe, a multiannual programme (2020-2022) to provoke change in the way we collectively use water sharing knowledge among a group of international experts called Body of Knowledge; nurturing innovations by supporting a 3 steps InnoWise Challenge Labs for bold entrepreneurs; powering education with a specialized Water Academy; telling new stories to engage people as agents of change.
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