Summary and objectives
The general objective of EUropean Water-smart initiative for fostering International Sustainable Development (euWater4i-SD) is to set an European Strategic Cluster Partnership–Going International (ESCP-4i) to enable Water-Smart solutions entering the Sustainable Territorial Development market in emerging countries.
The project will support the establishment of 5 new value chains related with Sustainable Territorial Development along with the water industry, geared towards international markets, based on inputs and needs from SMEs.
A Joint Internationalisation Strategy (JIS) will be designed and validated through the implementation of an Internationalisation Programme reaching 1,000 SMEs to access new non-EU markets, in particular in up to 4 targeted countries.
The cooperation among (5) cluster organisations and its members with/in this ESCP-4i and also other ESCP-4i networks will be fostered.
A governance system and a financial scheme for the ESCP-4i will be developed to ensure active and sustainable collaboration among the different stakeholders.
The visibility of euWater4i-SD will be promoted as a metacluster representing the whole value-chain on water smart solutions in order to gather other European clusters, interested even though not partners of this project at the beginning.