The bilateral cooperation in water technology was already established in 1974. Since then, more than 133 Projects with Israeli and German partners led to a trusting relationship between Israeli and German researchers.
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.
Focal themes of the 2015 status conference were energy efficiency in the water sector, water recycling and reuse, as well as water security and vulnerability.
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.