International Cooperation

International activities of DWA

  • Exchange of experts in the International Forum
  • International delegations from abroad/cooperation workshops
  • Seminars in English for participants from abroad
  • DWA committees and specialist working groups
  • Young Scientists’ and Professionals’ Programme for the promotion of the young international engineering talent
  • International skills competitions
  • Worldwide expert advice on the establishment of national water associations
  • Engagement in international associations and institutions 
  • Translations of the DWA Set of Rules and Standards
  • Support of international fairs

Cooperation Partners

IWA - International Water Association

The International Water Association (IWA) is the global network of 10,000 water professionals spanning the continuum between research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle.


The IWA is a non-profit organization based in London. German interests are represented in a separate National Committee and included in the IWA.

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EWA - European Water Association

The European Water Association (EWA) is an independent non-governmental and non-profit making organisation dealing with the management and improvement of the water environment. It was founded on 22 June 1981 as the European Water Pollution Control Association. The scope of the Association was enlarged in 1999 with the change of name to the European Water Association.


It is one of the major professional associations in Europe that covers the whole water sector, wastewater as well as drinking water and water and wastewater treatment related wastes. With member associations from nearly all European Countries, the EWA includes most of the current European Union Member States as well as Croatia, Norway and Switzerland. 


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Water Environment Federation (WEF)

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world.

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CEN - Comité Européen de Normalisation

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is a business facilitator in Europe, removing trade barriers for European industry and consumers. Its mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the environment. Through its services it provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications. 


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German Water Partnership

The German Water Partnership is a central coordination and contact office of the German water sector serving foreign partners and clients.


The DWA and German Water Partnership cooperate

  • DWA represented by Rüdiger Heidebrecht, is member of the advisory council
  • The country's forum Jordan at the IFAT 2010 in Munich is a common event
  • DWA and German Water Partnership offer a common international platform


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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise and supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

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International Engagements

Worldwide specialist  advice with the buildup of national water associations.
The DWA communicates its expertise in countries in which the access to clean drinking water for the population is not assured.