On 28 October 2015 the Ministers of science, technology and innovation of the BRICS countries signed the Moscow Declaration that reflects key areas of cooperation for the mid-term perspective. The Declaration established the joint Research and Innovation Networking Platform to provide for a coordinated approach of BRICS to five thematic areas of science and technology cooperation, each of BRICS countries being responsible for one of these areas. Each of the BRICS countries then undertakes activities aimed at strengthening BRICS cooperation in its thematic area; Russia being responsible for “Water resources and pollution treatment”. To this end, Russia, among other activities, has already organized two water forums in order to fulfill its obligations in this priority thematic area with a view to discuss sustainable water resources use and related advanced solutions.
Second BRICS Water Forum was held in Moscow in 2016. The event gathered over 400 participants from the BRICS countries, as well as from 13 other countries and international organizations. Materials are available here.
The aim of this International conference is to present and discuss the sustainable water use and management solutions. The expected outcomes of the conference are:
- Strengthen the common water resources community of BRICS researchers and experts;
- Report on existing opportunities to undertake joint research and development, as well as technology transfer to address the needs of the water and related sectors.