Applied Water Research (STOWA) in the Netherlands
STOWA (Acronym for Foundation for Applied Water Research) is the knowledge centre of the regional water managers (mostly the Water Boards) in the Netherlands. Its mission is to develop, collect, distribute and implement applied knowledge, which the water managers need in order to adequately carry out the tasks that their work supports. This expertise can cover applied technical, scientific, administrative-legal or social science fields.
STOWA is a highly demand-driven operation. We carefully take stock of the knowledge requirements of the Water Boards and ensure that these are placed with the correct knowledge providers. The initiative for this mainly lies with the users of this knowledge, the water managers, but sometimes also with knowledge institutes and business and industry. This two-way flow of knowledge promotes modernisation and innovation.
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