Jointly meeting global challenges Annual report 2012

Watershare® partners have the floor 

“A more rapid, complete and clear picture of current knowledge”

17 October 2012Networks

Within Watershare® knowledge institutes worldwide share their expertise, experience and networks in the fields of healthy drinking water, sustainability, water technology and water-system and asset management. Among the Watershare® sharing mechanisms is its online tool suite. The Belgian VITO, a technology research centre and one of the first Watershare® partners, is enthusiastic about the exchange of tools. “This used to happen before,” says VITO Director, Roger Dijkmans, “but it was often on an ad hoc basis. Watershare® aspires to give the exchange process more structure and quality.”

Just like KWR – the initiator of Watershare® – VITO is a proponent of the development of international knowledge networks and of tackling water sector problems with a collaborative, cross-border approach. The Watershare® concept fits in nicely here,” says Dijkmans. “When a research group is seeking a solution to a problem, it can search the knowledge network for a tool that might help. Thanks to Watershare®, it can get a more rapid, complete and clear picture of the existing tools. This helps us to better answer our research questions and those of our clients in Belgium.”

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Structure for knowledge sharing

The Norwegian SINTEF is also a Watershare® partner. For Torstein Haarberg, Executive Vice President, “the Watershare® decision-support tools are extremely user-friendly and plainly evidence the knowledge and expertise that KWR has in-house in the different fields.” Seockheon Lee, head of the Center for Water Resource Cycle in South Korea, became more closely acquainted with Watershare® during a visit to KWR. “A well organised structure for knowledge sharing between countries is very important. It’s good to see that KWR is taking a leading role in this.”

Give and take

One of the Watershare® tools that VITO wants to apply is the Groundwater Monitor. “This tool clearly has a number of advantages compared to our own instruments,” says Dijkmans. “On the other hand, we also have developed tools that we could add to Watershare® in the future.” Lee also sees possibilities in this regard: “Real sharing is a two-way street. It is not only a matter of transmitting knowledge, but also of receiving feedback: of give and take. If you organise that well, then I see Watershare® as a truly attractive concept.”

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