Main Topics and Challenges in all Exceed-Swindon Regional Networks

Water-related problems worldwide, however, in developing countries in particular, are manifold and represent a multi-criteria problem. All efforts to solve the most severe and crushing problems as well as the sustainable impact of initiated measures lag behind the fast growing population and changing climate conditions. There will therefore be no all-encompassing solution; only timely and locally restricted solutions might have a realistic chance. The concentration on what is most crucial and urgent in the solution of local challenges seems to be more promising. This is what the Swindon project lays emphasis on; the cooperation with partners within a tightened network where the integrated regional networks concentrate on specific regional problems. The expertise of the regional experts and their higher education institutions can be individually linked and applied to solve most acute problems. The experiences achieved will be available for the other regional networks that maybe eventually dealing with similar problems.



The main specific challenges and problems that are reported by the four regional networks are visualised in Figure presented above. The priority may be different from one another but in some cases, the problem areas could overlap. In these areas, the demand for practice-oriented solutions is comparatively high. However, in most developing countries the willingness of state or local authorities for introducing sustainable changes is often low or not in place. Sometimes, money is also missing or measures are under-regulated and undertaken without appropriate control. What is needed, are demand-oriented, applicable (practice-oriented), and economically applicable solutions. The lack of educated and trained staff for ensuring a sustainable and reliable operation of installed technologies and the practical implementation of water-problem-solving management strategies is, not least, one of the most burning problems.