This century is characterized by global environmental problems. Surface water and river water pollution is of special importance, as clean water forms the foundation of life. It therefore requires special attention in terms of quality. Regional authorities are requested to prepare measures for the improvement of water quality and to establish its provision. In order to secure sustainability in international projects, local authorities develop innovative solutions for the safety of water in cooperation with foreign companies and institutions. Lately, a variety of such joint projects are being realized around the world, with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research especially sponsoring projects that are based on the cooperative partnership between industry and science.
The Integrated Water Governance Support System (iWaGSS) is the development and practical pilot implementation of an innovative water governance system basing on new technologies and tools for mitigating water stress and for a sustainable management of the water resources in the South African pilot region Phalaborwa as well as in other regions with overstressed water resources in Africa and worldwide.