Second International Water Week Conference focuses on integrated water solutions for a green economy.
In 2050, the majority of the worlds' population lives in an urban environment. These huge cities face major water challenges. The International Water Week Conference from 4-6 november focuses on 'Integrated Water Solutions for a green economy', involving water supply, sanitation, the water-food and energy nexus, governance, flood control. The conference is part of the International Water Week Amsterdam, a versatile event combining the well known Aquatech Trade Exhibition, the Industrial Leaders forum, many excursions and an extensive Young Professionals Programme.
The International Water Association (IWA), the Netherlands Water Partnership, International Water Conferences (IWC) and Amsterdam RAI are the organizers of the international water week. This year's edition focuses on sustainable water treatment and new urban water concepts. One of the main pillars of the programme is the international IWW-conference 'Integrated water solutions for a green economy'. The programme involves the reutilisation of water, energy and raw materials, in short: closing the water cycle. New partnerships are needed to allow stakeholders from the energy and waste sector to join in. New and robust technologies are also needed for the production of renewables, as well as new concepts of spatial planning to withstand severe weather events such as droughts and floods.
State of the art in water technology
The focus of real water solutions in the conference is a perfect match with the other main component of the IWW, Aquatech Amsterdam, the world's leading trade exhibition on process, drinking and waste water. In line with market demand, the special focus for 2013 will continue to be on waste water treatment and industrial water use, while traditionally featuring the latest innovations and state-of-the-art water technology. Aquatech Amsterdam brings together all international leaders in the water industry under one roof. It is the largest exhibition focused purely on water technology and over 850 exhibitors and more than 21,500 visitors from around the world are expected to attend.
High level roundtable with leading cities invited by the mayor of Amsterdam
Eberhard van der Laan. They will explore the common challenges of water related integrated green metropolitan issues and the commitment of these cities to start a C40 working group on Green Metropolitan Solutions.
Cities of the future: get a glimpse of tomorrow in a session convened by theInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and IWA
Excursions: visit the world's first full scale Waste Water Plant with Nereda
the revolution in water purification or visit the unique combination of Waste Water Plant Amsterdam & Energy Plant Amsterdam working together on waste, energy and resources. Added bonus: The Amsterdam canals and the Amsterdam Sewers celebrate their 400th and 100th birthday with i.a. expositions and excursions.
The first dr Sarphati prize, (50.000 euros)
This new, biennial international award will honour the outstanding contribution of an individual or organization to the global sanitation and public health challenge through entrepreneurship. Closing date for nominations: 15 September.
(Dr Samuel Sarphati was a general practitioner in Amsterdam in the mid-19th century. Appalled by the bad sanitary conditions in the poorer quarters of the city and understanding the importance of good hygiene, he set up a service to remove human waste from the city and turn it into fertilizer. A true entrepreneur, Dr Sarphati applied the fertilizer to crops on his estate and brought fruit and vegetables back to Amsterdam for the benefit of the inhabitants. His efforts helped to eradicate cholera from Amsterdam before the end of the 19th century.)
Many more interesting events
During the International Water Week Amsterdam many more interesting events will take place, including:
- Young water professionals programme for the next generation, contributing to finding and discussing new integrated water solutions (3-8 November);
- Netherlands-Singapore seminar on New models for open innovation in water technology (4 November);
- Industrial Leaders Forum with a lively debate between CEOs from the food, chemical and energy industries and CEO's from the water industry (7 November).
Early bird discount
For early registration (before 1 September) there is an early bird discount of 10%.