The EU project euWater4i-SD (“EUropean Water-Smart initiative for fostering International Sustainable Development”) aims to support European SMEs that want to enter South American and East African markets.
The project, funded by the European Union's COSME programme, started in September 2021 and will run for three years. euWater4i-SD is funded with a total budget of 603k€, with Ecoliance RLP e.V. taking over a share of 114k€. The EU funding covers 90% of this amount.
Ecoliance RLP e.V. is pleased to be among the five European clusters that will develop euWater4i-SD.
The project focuses on global water-smart solutions (services, technologies and business models) enabling the transition towards sustainable territories through resource-efficient management and circular economy implementation.
There is a particular need for smart water solutions in five sectors as they are particularly affected by adequate water quantity and quality: construction, energy as a service, agriculture, industries and water resources management and supply. They can be identified as part of the sustainable territorial market and are particularly addressed by euWater4i-SD.
euWater4i-SD will target high-growth markets in continents and countries where European SMEs are underrepresented. This is the case in East African and medium-sized Latin American countries, where opportunities are numerous and increasing. These countries have already expressed their needs for water-smart solutions and will therefore be the focus of euWater4i-SD.
The project will build a one-stop shop for EU SMEs offering water-smart solutions to foster their business opportunities and increase their competitiveness at the global scale.
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