As an answer to these challenges the present project focuses on capacity building and improvement of higher education in the sector of water and environmental management to strengthen the social-economic development having regard to reduction of water scarcity and improvement of water quality, improvement of availability and access to water and disaster prevention and management.

To achieve this overall objective, we define four specific objectives:
  • Improving the quality of higher education with reference to water and environmental management
Existing study programmes and curricula do not consider the relevant problems in water supply, sanitation and waste water treatment as well as environmental impacts. Especially practical experiences are not sufficiently addressed. In the frame of CapWEM a working group will be established to analyse the current situation at the different partner universities and make target oriented proposals (research and labour market) to improve the curricula and syllabi.
  • Strengthening environmental awareness
In order to make people sensitive for environmental problems and to fix environmental awareness firmly, popular scientific concepts for environmental education adapted to the different social classes shall be developed, including dissemination.
  • Boosting links between Higher Educations Institutions, public authorities and small and medium-sized enterprises to contribute to economic and social development.
A lack of water reduces economic development - as water is needed for industrial growth - and lowers living standards. Agriculture uses a large percentage of the available fresh water, and inefficiency and wastage, especially through irrigation, is on a prodigal scale. Pollution is making more of the available fresh water unfit for use.
Governments realize that there is a critical need to better manage this valuable resource and are constantly seeking ways of solving their water problems.
  • Support of disaster prevention and management with respect to water aspects
In the future, it is expected that different disasters like droughts, floods and hurricanes will happen more frequently which carries a high risk for the flood situation especially in rural areas. Disaster prevention is weak in most regions. Therefore, a working group will be originated to elaborate regional adapted concepts for disaster prevention and management. A pilot project for integrated risk analysis in selected areas will be launched with a special focus on transboundary demands and the connection of local knowledge with technical knowhow.