Project Objectives 
The overall objective of the project is to contribute significantly to reduction of waterborne diseases and illnesses in the Asian target countries particularily among poor families. This means to contribute to better health conditions by improved drinking water quality and reduced toxic industrial waste water discharge into the rivers. In order to reach this central goal the project will concentrate on the following specific objectives:
1. Collective research & development and build-up of local centers of expertise
As existing water treatment technology is inadequate to treat drinking and waste water, the project aims to contribute to technology co-operation and transfer in the field of innovative and adapted water treatment techniques on university level as well as including industrial and governmental partners. Two new, effective treatment processes will be developed and tested on pilot state improving drinking water quality and reducing discharge of toxic industrial waste water. To support sustainability of the project with academic, associated industrial and governmental partners two local centers of expertise in field of innovative water treatment technology will be build-up at the partner universities in Bangladesh and China.

2. Training to develop and apply new, innovative water treatment technologies
Adequately trained local experts are urgently needed. Therefore the project contributes to upgrade and enhance the skills and mobility of local academic and industrial experts in the field of water treatment technology. Furthermore it promotes the exchange of ideas, experiences and achievements through training courses and seminars for water technology experts from Asia and Europe in the academic and
 
industrial community. The aim is to promote a market-based approach to environmental protection, so that the Asian target countries will be able to build up long-term sustainable investment in their countries. This project will lead to establish basics of EU best practices in the field of water treatment with focus on membrane technologies in order to foster long term partnership and co-operation.
3. Follow-up in order to ensure sustainability
As outcome of the realization of the project, results of technology transfer projects will promoted by disseminating jointly in scientific and technological journals. Moreover, web-based publicity pages will be developed to present the results of the project and further boost the impact of the project. At the end of the project an international conference and technology exhibition will promote the results to the public.
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