Catalan Water Partnership

Spain: Catalonia
Xavier Amores
90% completed


About us

Established - 30 April 2008
Staff in the management team - 6-10

Cluster composition

  • 119
    Cluster Members
  • 83
  • 5
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 21
    Large Companies
  • 9
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 6
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Example of cross-sectorial project: WATER & TOURISM. Bussines Development, R&D and internasionalisation 

The economic sector that has risen up the most during the last decades is tourism and it is bearing up to the crisis the best. It should be noted that water consumption and treatment in this sector is significant since the usual facilities offered (swimming pools, spa, golf courses, among others) have high water consumption rates. 

Specifically, focusing in the Catalonia and Mediterranen region, where tourism sector is one of the most important ones, this is characterized by a high water stress during dry weather conditions that coincide with the periods with the highest tourism occupational rates. Consequently, sustainability, water reuse and water saving are becoming essential topics to this sector in order to be able to guarantee to the tourists the availability of all the high water consumption  facilities all over the year.

Consequently, this sector was identified as a relevant one for the CWP and its members. For this reason, the CWP initiate a collaboration with the University of Girona to perform a project  to evaluate the “water consumption and water resource saving measures available in the tourism sector in Catalonia” 2013, in order to provide to the CWP members valuable information to become involved in this sector, which was unknown for almost all of them,

The results of this evaluation highlighted the long way still available to reach the good practises of an efficient water cycle management and presented four main challenges for the sector: (i) introduce cost-saving strategies on the water cycle management, (ii) implementation of innovative technologies for water treatment, (iii) application of control, monitoring tools in order to improve the water quality, and finally (iv) implementation of innovative systems for facilities (golf course, swimming pools, etc.) with the highest water consumption.

Consequently, this project allowed to the CWPs members to acquire a valuable knowledge about a new sector and identify possibilities to optimize the water cycle management in tourism facilities. This knowledge was transformed in several activities promoted by the CWP. Specifically, thanks to this initiative nowadays there are three main working lines being developed within the collaboration of the tourism sector and the CWP members:

  • Promotion and participation in R&D projects: An European project is being developed by three members of the CWP to demonstrate integrated innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Mediterranean tourist facilities (budget of 5.9 M€).  2013-2017
  • Generation of business development opportunities for the CWP’s members by organizing collective diagnosis of the water cycle management of specific tourism facilities. The CWP organizes diagnosis with tourism facilities interested in optimizing their water cycle management. This diagnosis generate business opportunities and provides more information about the sector for the CWP members.
  • Organization of workshop and seminar sessions with tourism sector actors (2013-2020)
  • H2020 Hydrousa project (2018-2022) with CWP as a member of the consortium, this larger Innovation Action with 6 demo-sites in Greece is focused in circular economy in Mediterranean are, one of the demo-site it's a Eco-hostel. CWP it's a member of the consortium with two members of the CWP.
  • The CWP coordinates a RIS3 2017-2020 project of 1.6M€ with seven CWP members with regionalized ERDF funds (European Regional Development Fund) about sustainability in hospitality sector.

  • COSME GO INTERNATIONAL (1rs strand SENTINEL 2019 and 2nd strand Welliance 2020) to promote internasionalisation in the hospitality sector in Mexico, USA and South Africa
  • INTERREG SUDOE (2020-2022) to promote water reuse and efficiency in hospitality sector with the CWP`and two members of the CWP as members in the consortium

For all these reasons, we consider that with this initial project and working group in the CWP was able to help its members to be involved in a new sector (new for them) and generate a valuable knowledge that is being used for promoting several activities to continue working on it in areas as R&D, internasionalisation or Business Development. We are a coordinator of important project for our members and we participate in R&D big consortiums related with tourism and water.

Legal form of the cluster organisation
Languages spoken
Catalan English French German Italian Spanish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website
Other label
AEI (Ministry of Industria, Energy and Tourism) and Catalonia Clusters

Management team

Xavier Amores photo
Xavier Amores
Cluster Manager
Sergi Compte photo
Sergi Compte
Project Manager
Julia Serramitja photo
Julia Serramitja Delgado
Eric Santos photo
Eric Santos
Project Manager
Lucia Gusmaroli photo
Lucia Gusmaroli
Project Manager
Mercè Martín photo
Mercè Martín
Internationalisation Responsible
Clara Sierra photo
Clara Sierra Sanchez
Project Manager
Anna Rovira photo
Anna Rovira
Project Manager
Aina Amengual photo
Aina Amengual
Project Manager
Anna Fernandez photo
Anna Fernández Torró

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities:E36 Water collection, treatment and supply - Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities:E37 Sewerage
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Cross-sectoral industries
Environmental Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
C\: Chemistry; metallurgy:Treatment of water, waste water, sewage, or sludge - E\: Fixed constructions:Water supply; sewerage
S3 EU priority areas
Sustainable innovation:Sustainable land & water use


Support services provided

Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Further information

The CWP works on these activities areas:

  • INNOVATION: to facilitate the access to instruments and funding, as well as to encourage new cooperative R&D projects with the objective of improving the competitiveness of the CWP’s companies and research centers, not only in Catalonia, but also in Spain and Europe.
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: to increase the international presence of the CWP companies and diversify their markets and business in the places where they are present right now. We conduct market studies about sectors that are of interest for the CWP’s members. Moreover, the CWP also promotes cooperative R&D projects between CWP’s companies and companies of other clusters in order to increase their competitiveness (FoodServices, Tourism, Chemistry, etc).
  •  VISIBILITY AND POSITIONING: provide visibility to the CWP and its companies with the objective of creating a mark on the water sustainability sector.
  • NETWORKING: to facilitate the knowledge and the relationships between companies with the objective of increase the business level among the CWP’s companies. We participate in the main cluster networks (Catalonia Clusters, Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras, Cluster Management Excellence) and water networks (European Water Partnership, Netwerc H2O).
  • TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE: Advantages to access to the main knowledge centers of Catalonia, participation in working teams, information of strategical relevance for the companies, among others.

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

AEI - MINETUR-  (Spanish Government - Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism)…

ACCIO -Government of Catalonia. Programmes: Internationalization, Innovation and Business development projects.…

RIS3 2017-2020 regionalized ERDF funds (European Regional Development Fund). Comunitats RIS3


LIFE+ 2019

H2020 (CIRC-02-2016-2017 - Water in the context of the circular economy) H2020-EU.3.5.3. - Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials



Project name


Call: H2020 (CIRC-02-2016-2017 - Water in the context of the circular economy)

HYDROUSA aims to revolutionize the water supply chain in Mediterranean regions by demonstrating innovative solutions for water/wastewater treatment and management, which will close the water loops and will also boost their agricultural and energy profile.



The Sentinel project – Cluster Network for Hospitality Sustainable Development and Internationalization – aims to bring together clusters from architecture and building, interiors furnishings and equipment, energy efficiency, water management to ICT and others. All of these involve three different emerging industries: creative industries (architecture and building, interiors furnishings and equipment), digital industries (ICT) and environmental industries (energy efficiency and water management).


Call: H2020-SC5-2019-2 Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

Sea4Value will design and implement technologies for recovering minerals and metals from seawater desalination brines. The aim is to make desalination plants the third source of valuable raw materials in the European Union.


Call: H2020-INNOSUP-2019-01

GALATEA aims to develop new cross-sectoral and cross-border industrial value-chains integrating technologies and know-how from aerospace and ICT communities to key Blue Growth domains.

Small Green Smart Cities Proposal-SEP-210637538GSSC:

Call: Cluster Go International 2019

The main goal of the project is to deeply analyse the opportunities for several European clusters offered by countries with an emerging middle class of population, such as Africa, Asia & LATAM.


Call: Cluster Go International 2019

wellianceHOSPITALITY is an internationalisation platform for SMEs in the contract hospitality value chain, through which the CWP and 4 other European clusters will help their members to enter the South African, Mexican and US markets.Call: COSME Go International


Call: LIFE+ 2019

The objective of WAT'SAVEREUSE is to promote the circular economy in relation to the tourism sector, through the establishment of good practices for the reduction of uses and the promotion of reuse initiatives.


Call: Interreg Sudoe, Eje 5. 2020

The main objective of AQUIFER is to capitalise, test, disseminate and transfer innovative practices for the preservation, monitoring and integrated management of aquifers that will assist in decision-making in the management of groundwater resources, to improve technology transfer to local actors and to create new synergies and develop common tools in a context of scarce water resources and environmental threats.


Call: ERDF funds (European Regional Development Fund) in Catalonia

The CWP coordinates a RIS3 2017-2020 project of 1.6M€ with seven CWP members with regionalized ERDF funds (European Regional Development Fund) about sustainability in hospitality sector. 

The project Watertur takes place in the framework of the RIS3CAT 2016 call and the Operative Program FEDER of Catalonia 2014-2020. It has the general aim to investigate about new technologies for the optimization and the providing of intelligence to the most prominent water consumption points of a standard touristic facility (hotel). The project puts especial attention to the recreative area and in the diverse sectors of the water treatment system and investigates about innovative and advanced solutions in the area of the water treatment, the evaluation of their environmental profile and the monitoring and calculation of the water and carbon footprints at real time of the overall water cycle. Finally, this project will implement a decision support system for the recreative and water treatment systems of the hotel.  

AEWEN - African-EU Water and Energy Network


AEWEN will develop a series of preparatory actions to interlink the project partners and member SMEs with key counterparts in the target markets: Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, through: a) the signature of stakeholder agreements; b) the design of a joint internationalisation strategy and roadmap; c) the co-creation of a dynamic internationalisation service offer. AEWEN will then test the strategy, roadmap and portfolio proposed, by providing a set of pilot business services for the internationalisation of the EU SMEs and by deploying actions for expansion and sustainability of the partnership. As a result, internationalisation of EU SMEs in the target markets will be accelerated by fostering collaboration along their value chains; by exploiting the opportunities drawn from the partnerships with local stakeholders; and by benefiting from new internationalisation services. The expected impact is increases exports, investment opportunities and economic development creating employment for EU businesses.IKAT


Project presented in the Joint Cluster Initiatives (EUROCLUSTERS) for Europe's recovery (SMP-COSME-2021-CLUSTER), in the Ecosystem Strands Tourism. With a budget of 1.400.000 €, led by the Maritime and Logistics Cluster of the Balearic Islands (CMILB) and with the participation of the Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands (CMC). The Maritime Clusters of Andalusia and Catalonia, the Catalan Water Partnership (CWP) and the Blue Cluster, which manages the Spanish Maritime Cluster (CME) to promote cooperation with Ibero-American maritime entities, are also participating as service providers. It will contribute to achieving the updated tourism strategy proposed by the EC following the conclusions reached by the Parliament and the Council pre-pandemic for the European tourism industrial ecosystem, especially maritime and coastal tourism in the Med and Black Sea area. To this end, a Euroclustering IKAT has been set up to address the different sectors and actors that make up the European tourism industrial ecosystem: Maritime and Logistics Clusters, Tourism Clusters and Innovation and Water Quality Clusters.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs - Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

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Latest news and documents

News Achievements Published: 05.08.2022
The SUGGEREIX project, which aims to promote the use of reclaimed water, is completed
News Published: 16.02.2022
AEWEN consortium met with partner representatives from Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia
News Published: 04.10.2021
AEWEN, an ambitious European Project to create an African-EU Water and Energy Network
News Achievements Published: 09.10.2020
The Catalan Water Partnership is the catalan cluster that has achieved the most European funding in 2020

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