On water, Chruszczow made a strong call for “sustainable land and water management” to be included in the list of changes we need.
He finished by saying that the “Impacts on climate change won’t be alleviated by talking – they will only be alleviated by action.”
A mixture of water professionals attended the event, with 35 percent visiting from outside of the Netherlands.
The theme of the day’s discussions was the ‘Implementation of integrated solutions by cities, industries, utilities and finance.’
Multiple roundtable workshops took place on a variety of topics including: Scaling funds for water and sanitation services and ICT & Data innovations in water management.
The nine ‘Amsterdam Agreements’ signed at the AIWW 2017 were also discussed, including: Human cities coalition; Blue Deal: safe water for 20 million people and Water in the Circular Economy (WICE).
Speaking in his home city, the mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb said the Netherlands has an obligation to share its water knowledge with everyone around the world.
He referenced a collaboration in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, in which Dutch engineers worked to reduce leakage levels “while the city sleeps”. He added: “Now the city has a lower leakage level than London.”