Water Innovation Hubs for increased Indo-German cooperation
India's cities face complicated tasks to meet the infrastructure needs of rapidly growing areas. Water scarcity, inadequate wastewater treatment and lack of access to and knowledge of technological solutions pose major challenges for India's water sector. At the same time, many German actors have knowledge and specialised technologies that can contribute to solutions. However, the often specialised and decentralised actors find it difficult to gain a foothold in the Indian market. In AQUA-Hub Water Innovation Hubs are being implemented in the two Indian Smart Cities, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and Solapur (Maharashtra), and accompanied by pilot measures of German technology for water quality monitoring. AQUA-Hub addresses the needs of the local water sectors identified in previous projects, as well as the challenges of the German water industry to develop projects, relationships and business on the Indian market. A local presence is of great importance for the relations and the exchange of information between the German and Indian actors. In addition to network activities and the mediation of business partners, the hubs fulfil the function of project centres for the realisation of technical demonstration projects and support the access to water technologies "Made in Germany".
- To promote Indo-German collaboration in the water sector
- To mobilize awareness and knowledge on technological solutions for water management
- To increase the presence on the ground and facilitate communication
- To facilitate access to and implementation of water technologies
- To contribute to SDGs 6, 9, 11 & 17
- To provide a forum for exchange and collaboration
- To establish a multi-stakeholder Think Tank for innovation in the water sector
- To enable match-making between supply and demand
- To support showcasing of technological solutions in operational environments
- To grow networks and support emerging partnerships
India's cities are faced with challenges of meeting infrastructure requirements of rapidly growing regions. Water scarcity, wastewater treatment, as well as access to and knowledge of technological solutions pose major challenges for India's water management. At the same time, many German actors have knowledge and specialised technologies that can make a contribution to mastering these challenges. AQUA-Hub builds on the partnerships between the German State of Baden-Württemberg and Maharashtra as well as the collaboration established under the Smart Water Future India Project (SWF India). AQUA-Hub addresses the identified needs of the local water sectors and promotes the collaboration between India and Germany through increased presence on the ground and demonstration of technological solutions.
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We would like to thank the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) for funding the project "AQUA-Hub", promotional reference 16EXI4021A (Funding: 294.093 €), within the "Export initiative for environmental technologies" program.