The main objective of the Coordination Action ASEMWaterNet is to contribute to the commitments of the EU Water Initiative and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), mainly concerning the sustainable access to safe drinking water, global partnerships and development, environmental sustainability, by building and promoting a multi-stakeholder platform on increasing the contributions of scientific study and knowledge to integrated water resources management.
The platform will mobilise the individual strengths and expertise of organisations and institutions from 18 ASEM (Asia-Europe Meetings) partner countries for greater effectiveness in cooperation. It will do this by interacting with existing networks and promoting interdisciplinary knowledge-intensive activities between public authorities, scientific community, private sector and civil society.
Through several types of coordinating activities, the 53 participating organisations will gather and organise their experiences on five priority areas, defined during a first workshop in 2002, namely:
1) River basin approach,
2) Water use efficiency in agriculture:
3) Erosion, flash floods and floods;
4) Pollution and water quality;
5) Water governance as a cross-cutting issue.