A Global Network of Water Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) was launched on 16 March 2012, through the initiative of the French association Ea eco-entreprises and with support from UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) and Ubifrance.
The launch of the network was preceded by a meeting between water SMEs and water SME networks from all over the world (Colombia, Chile, Morocco, Israel, Portugal, etc). The participants implemented a collaborative charter for the new network, as well as its first action plan. The creation of the Global Network of Water SMEs intends to connect the world's water SMEs in order to promote North-South, North-North and South-South SME exchanges. It also encourages competency and technology transfer.