“From the world’s biggest economy to its most populous countries, Governments are struggling to deal with access to clean water. The UN estimates that around 1 billion people do not have access to potable water and are therefore, subject to daily risk of poverty, disease, famine and war.”
Read more from the blog of Alan Gemmell, Director British Council Israel.
Its hard to underestimate the critical importance of water sciences and research in today’s world. The UK is working in the MENA region to support research that tackles critical water science issues in order to increase community access to fresh water.
Together with Oxford University, we launched the STREAM programme for water researchers from UK, Israel and MENA Countries.
The programme is funded by the UK Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills The programme’s first call for proposal was launched in July 2015.
The programme funds innovative three-country projects that use experimental, natural and social science research for the benefit of some of the world’s most water poor societies, with the aim of:
- Fostering excellent science and technology in the MENA region by enabling world-class research in water science, technology and policy;
- Contributing to a culture of collaboration and cooperation in the MENA; and
- Creating and supporting sustainable research projects implemented in some of the world’s most water poor societies in MENA leading to a marked increase in successful uptake of research and appropriate technology