The WHaTeR consortium is actively engaged in clustering with other relevant projects and programmes, especially within the EU FP7 - Africa call


Natural resources are especially in Africa essential for maintaining or improving peoples livelihood. Despite the availability of many tools, expertise, local practices and indigenous knowledge, the concept of Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) has hardly been brought into practice. Given the similarity with Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), we will learn from the large effort in the EU and Africa that has been invested in the last decade to improve integration of the expertise and the many existing tools. AFROMAISON will make use of what is available regarding INRM and will contribute to a better integration and fitting of the following key components of INRM at a meso-scale level: landscape functioning, livelihood and socio-economic development, indigenous knowledge and practices, institutional strengthening and improved interaction between sectors, scales and communities.


CAAST-Net is a five-year joint Africa-Europe platform dedicated to advancing bi-regional cooperation in science and technology. Against the background of a global consensus that indigenous capacity in science and technology is an essential pre-requisite to economic competitiveness, sustainable development and poverty reduction, the Network for the Coordination and Advancement of sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science & Technology Cooperation (CAAST-Net) has been developed as a high-level platform, financed by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), to advance international cooperation between Europe and Africa for mutual benefit.CAAST-Net's goal is an increase in the quality and quantity of bi-regional cooperation in science and technology between Europe and Africa, targeting areas of mutual interest and benefit through greater use of instruments under the FP7, as well as through other instruments of international cooperation, and through lobbying for greater synergy between R&D and development instruments.


Capacity-linked Water Supply and Sanitation improvement for Africa's peri-urban and Rural Areas (CLARA) is a 36 month EU funded project being implemented in five communities selected from five African countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa). The CLARA project has a long-term ambition that field research adapts resources-oriented water supply and sanitation technologies for different African conditions so that they can be used on the whole continent.


Africa is probably the most vulnerable continent to climate change and climate variability. Nevertheless most of the available studies on climate predictions and impacts are based on scarce information often not adapted to the African context. ClimAfrica is thus conceived to respond to the urgent international need for the most appropriate and up-to-date tools to better understand and predict climate change in Africa, assess its impact on African ecosystems and population, and develop the correct adaptation strategies.


EAU4Food seeks to address the enormous challenges African agriculture is facing today: despite numerous attempts, agricultural productivity has only slightly increased in recent years and, in general, cannot keep up with population growth. In the coming years irrigation will gain importance, but at the same time the availability of fresh water and the sustainable use of soil resources is under increasing pressure. Hence, new approaches are required to increase food production in irrigated areas in Africa, while ensuring healthy and resilient environments.


In 2000 the EU Water Framework Directive has set up a truly integrated Community policy. Today water scarcity and waste water management are two of the most relevant challenges that Europe has to face in the field of water crisis. In this context, STREAM project aims at raising awareness on the state of the art of water technologies research and at bringing it to the interest of policy makers and potential up-takers through a diversified series of dissemination and communication actions tailored to the needs of the different categories of stakeholders: researchers, policy makers, industry and SMEs.


In the variety of contexts in Africa – from arid to humid – the availability of water has become increasingly important, making an improved capture and usage of water essential. To ensure a continuous water supply for agricultural crops, water harvesting has been carried out in the earliest agricultural practices; however the environment has changed, as well as the number of people depending on it. This is where the WAHARA project will make a difference: four countries, four pilot projects, one goal: increasing the potential of water harvesting.


Biotechnology applied in the treatment of polluted water resources can play an important role in addressing the challenge of water scarcity in developing countries. Biotechnological methods are governed by plants or micro-organisms which can detoxify contaminants in water, soils, sediment, and sludge. This allows society to reclaim their resource value. However, many applications of biotechnology have not yet delivered practical solutions due mainly to the lack of information about the benefits of these technologies as well as the lack of dissemination of solutions adapted to local circumstances. WATERBIOTECH is an initiative that will contribute to cope with water scarcity in Africa by providing access to relevant stakeholders in Western, Eastern and Northern Africa to know-how in biotechnologies, good practices and management solutions adapted to their local conditions for the sustainable management of polluted water resources.

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The Amsterdam Centre for RESearch on Restoration, Reforestation and Regreening of degraded lands ( ACRES) is an informal joint initiative of researchers from the VU University Amsterdam (VUA) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) to bring together their considerable research expertise in the field of: land degradation assessment (both on the ground and through remote sensing); soil organic matter dynamics; forest biomass, productivity and nutrient dynamics; feedbacks between plant functional traits and soil processes; hillslope hydrological functioning (streamflow generation, rainwater harvesting); soil erosion and sedimentation; ecohydrology of tropical and Mediterranean vegetation types; land-use hydrology; groundwater recharge (hydrogeology); fire ecology; sustainable land management and innovative farming methods; environmental economics, and spatially distributed monitoring and modelling.


WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) is an established global network of Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) specialists, contributing to sustainable land management (SLM). WOCAT’s goal is to prevent and reduce land degradation through SLM technologies and their implementation approaches. The network provides tools that allow SLM specialists to identify fields and needs of action, share their valuable knowledge in land management, that assist them in their search for appropriate SLM technologies and approaches, and that support them in making decisions in the field and at the planning level and in up-scaling identified best practices.





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