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Environment (Water)

India is home to 18 percent of the world’s population but only 4 percent of its water resources. The country is suffering a significant water crisis with economic growth, livelihoods, human well-being and ecological sustainability at stake. Wastewater pollution from industry and households is putting pressure on the already scarce resources.


As a progressive leader in wastewater management, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency is planning a Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) with the Government of India to help tackle this urgent issue. Danish strongholds in this sector comprise of river basin management, environmental water quality monitoring, management of point-source pollution and dialogue-based compliance promotion toward industry.

The Danish water business sector holds great expertise in all areas of water management namely, sewage treatment, energy recovery, desalination, intelligent  reverse osmosis systems, forward osmosis technology for Zero Liquid Discharge and industrial wastewater management.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Ministry of Water (Jal Shakti) have both confirmed their desire to partner with Denmark on wastewater management.

Denmark is currently in the Inception Phase of the SSC project on sustainable water resource management in India. The objective is to launch a 3-year SSC project championing India’s endeavour to attain Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation, and in particular target 6.3 and 6.5 on pollution reduction and integrated water resources management. The Indo-Danish cooperation in the water sector will be a component of a Green Strategic Partnership which would contribute to the overall bilateral relations shared by the two nations.

The SSC project will draw on synergy between Danish expertise and activities under the India-EU Water Partnership. A second phase of the partnership will start in 2020.

For more information please contact our Sector Counsellor on Environment, Mr. Simon Apelblat Thomsen at