New Focus for UK Water Research and Innovation

“Taking Responsibility for Water - UK Water Research and Innovation Framework 2011 – 2030” (UKWRIF) was launched at the annual All Party Parliamentary Water Group innovation event at the House of Commons before Christmas.

The UKWRIF sets out a strategic approach to the highly diverse and interrelated challenges of water. It highlights key priorities and ways of ensuring better co-ordination of different public funding schemes for water research and innovation.

New Approach

The UK is a world leader in water research, particularly in the global water cycle and its interaction with climate change. However, UK water research and innovation currently lacks a strategic approach to the highly diverse and interrelated challenges.

Stakeholders engaged in UK water research and innovation from the public, private and third sectors have developed a UK Water Research and Innovation Framework to encourage dialogue about water and prioritise areas for action on relevant research and innovation between now and 2030.

The intention of the Framework is to highlight key water research and innovation priorities and mechanisms to ensure better coherence and coordination of different public funding schemes for water research and innovation, working closely with UK and international organisations in the private and third sector.

UK Water Research and Innovation Partnership

The framework was developed by the UK Water Research and Innovation Partnership (UKWRIP), which includes Living With Environmental Change (LWEC), GO-Science and UKCDS. It is chaired by the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington.

“I am delighted that the UK Water Research and Innovation Partnership composed of private, public and third sector bodies has been convened to address urgent and important water challenges, and has set out a clear and ambitious framework for the future that builds on existing collaborative actions”  said Sir John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser .

The UKWRIP Vision

By 2030 the UK will be a key contributor in providing integrated solutions in water security and sustainability such that individuals, communities and businesses benefit from productive, equitable water systems and ecosystem services. In consequence, health improves, communities develop, the green economy grows and the environment is protected and enhanced”.

Further Reading

A summary of the strategic framework can be downloaded here:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/bispartners/goscience/docs/t/11-1416-taking-responsibility-for-water-summary.pdf

The full strategic framework document can be downloaded here:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/bispartners/goscience/docs/t/11-1390-taking-responsibility-for-water.pdf