The bilateral cooperation in water technology was already established in 1974. Since then, more than 150 Projects with Israeli and German partners led to a trusting relationship between Israeli and German researchers.
The BMBF provides around 2 million EUR of funding per year for cooperation projects. Together with the Israeli MOST, the BMBF supports scientists in Israel and their German partners. On 25 September 2019, the 15th Status Conference of the German-Israeli Water Technology Programme took place in Dresden.
The objectives of the German-Israeli Water Technology Cooperation programme are:
- To improve the water situation in Israel, its direct neighbourhood and/or Germany.
- To facilitate access to new markets for Israeli and German enterprises in the water and environmental sector.
- To support and strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the water sector as well as cooperation between science and industry.
The last call 2020 addressed the following research areas:
- Water technology to reduce the CO2-Footprint of the water sector
- Water technology to adapt to major impacts of climate change
- Economical optimisation in the water sector
To encourage young scientists to engage in the bilateral cooperation, BMBF and MOST have initiated a young scientist exchange programme (YSEP) in 1999. Meanwhile, more than 100 young scientists have benefitted from the programme.
In the year 2015, we celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany. The research relationships among scientists are regarded as having been a key driver for the establishment of the earliest ties.
Innovative water technology solutions from Germany and Israel are well recognized around the globe and provide an ever increasing population with clean water. Israel has more than doubled its export in the area of water technology since 2007. And in water technology, Germany is the country with the highest export market share worldwide.
In future, even stronger efforts are required to respond to the growing pressure on the global water resources. Vital ecosystems have vanished or are at risk. Recent estimates suggest that more than a billion people globally will not have sufficient water resources by 2050.