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Dutch Government in Collaboration with a Group of International Partners Launches Global Water Innovation Program

  • The Dutch government, in collaboration with a dedicated group of international partners, is launching a global water innovation program, 'Water as Leverage'.

    The program is to invite internationally operating teams of water experts and urban planners to build local coalitions in three Asian cities to collaboratively work on innovative approaches to tackle their urgent urban water and climate challenges with innovative, bankable and implementable design proposals; elaborated a statement released by the Dutch Government.

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Dutch development bank (FMO) will help identify projects, support their development and facilitate their implementation. Chennai (India), Khulna (Bangladesh) and Semarang (Indonesia) are the first three cities within this ambitious program.

    The Call for Action is the start of a one-year inclusive and comprehensive competitive process to identify the most ground-breaking proposals and develop these into resilience projects.

    The program is an initiative of the Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Henk Ovink: "The goal of this unique program is not only to find the most transformative and ready-to-fund proposals for inclusive and integrated Urban Water Projects, but to develop conceptual designs with all stakeholders together from the outset".