Water is one of the world’s most precious resources. A recent UNESCO report notes that over 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress, and about 4 billion people experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year. Access to safe, affordable and reliable drinking water and sanitation is essential for the eradication of poverty. Access to irrigation for agriculture can enable economic success or, in some cases, survival itself.
Because of its timeliness and importance, the WAITRO Executive Board has agreed to make “water” a top priority. As the leading global network of RTOs, WAITRO aims to enable the development and the implementation of technological solutions addressing water-related challenges around the globe. Therefore, SAIRA, WAITRO’s Open Innovation Hub, has been redesigned to allow for the addition of periodic special focus areas to kick-start international collaboration between WAITRO member organizations focusing on one of the greatest challenges the world is facing.