Last week, the University of Twente reported the completely unexpected death of Arjen Hoekstra, professor of Water Management. He was also a respected PAC Member of the Amsterdam International Water Week. Hoekstra died on 18 November at the age of 52.
Amsterdam International Water Week
The implementation of integrated solutions by cities, industries, utilities and financiers: from cases to bankable projects
Global cooperation is key to connect networks and create sustainable solutions across water, waste, urban development, energy and finance. The AIWW sets the scene for new technologies, partnerships, research and innovations to create the conditions for global cooperation and active progress. Join a dynamic week of collaboration and action in the city of Amsterdam.
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AIWW Conference 2019: five new Amsterdam Agreements
We are proud to announce five new Amsterdam Agreements during this lustrum edition of the AIWW Conference! Four of them were presented during the plenary closing of the conference:
- Smart Rooftops (RESILIO)
- Living Labs (AMS Institute and Waternet)
- River Based Management (NWP and OMVS)
- Smart Water Metering System (KIFFWA, Earth View and Resource Water Authority).
The fifth new Amsterdam Agreement ‘Narrative Based Innovations’ has been presented on Thursday 7 November, to strengthen the collaboration between the AIWW and VU Watersymposium. Also, the 2017 Amsterdam Agreement between Waternet and NYC-DEP has been extended and signed.
More information on the new Amsterdam Agreements will follow soon!
AIWW Conference 2019: Interview Werner Smidt, Director European Investment Bank:
AIWW Conference 2019: Interview Veronica Manfredi, Director for Quality of Life, European Commission:
AIWW Conference 2019: Interview Stuart Orr, Practise Lead, Fresh Water, WWF:
AIWW Conference 2019: Interview Henk Ovink, Special Envoy International Water Affairs the Netherlands:
During the closing session of AIWW 2019, former AIWW’s Future Water Leader Ambassador Chrysoula Papacharalampou transferred the baton to Eleanor Treadwell.
The Future Water Leaders (FWL) play a key role in the organisation of the Amsterdam International Water Week. The Ambassador is the voice of all Future Water Leaders and will make sure the Future Generation of people working in the water sector is heard.
Amsterdam, 5 November 2019
Investments in infrastructure to address Europe’s inadequate progress on the water-related Sustainable Development Goals need to be guided by indicators and data that make clear how gaps in meeting the SDG targets will be closed, according to study findings announced today at the 2019 Amsterdam International Water Week Conference.
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AIWW Conference 2019: day one
Participants from around the world gathered for Amsterdam International Water Week 2019 and made progress with their discussions and deliberations on the first full day of the Conference (Monday 4 November). An important day in the global water calendar, with high profile keynote speakers to inspire them, and an interactive Integrated Leaders Forum helping to shape the thinking of city, utility and industry representatives.
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#AIWW2019: the participants
In this vlog Lindsey Schwidder, Project Manager Water from TU Delft, briefly explains what the workshop “Global Challenges, Startup Sollutions: Worldwide Examples of Smart and Innovative Solutions for Water Management” is about and why it was important for them to be at #AIWW2019.
AIWW Conference Themes and Topics
Energy transition and resource recovery
Circular business models open the way to incorporate multiple principles for value creation. Beyond financial values, also environmental and social values are taken into account.
- Financial models for circular solutions
- Thermal and kinetic energy and aquatic biomass solutions
- Creating value out of wastewater
- Renewing infrastructure for a circular approach
Integrating water and resource management
Worsening droughts and polluted water sources call for improved planning and decision-making processes, better coordination and sustainable use of resources while minimizing conflicts among users.
- Financing models for Integrating Water and Resource Management
- Resource recovery and local markets
- Pollution pressure and smart water allocation
- River basin approach and nature based solutions
ICT & Data: artificial intelligence and smart robotica
New ICT & Data solutions can be a game changer in water management and offer huge opportunities to combine data with artificial intelligence and smart robotica.
- Data management and co-creation
- Smart operations and asset management
- Artificial intelligence: new services & efficiency
- Cyber security: how to keep our infrastructure secure?
Blue-Green solutions for (urban) resilience
Growing challenges of climate change ask for continued collaboration to build more resilient communities. Innovative solutions can be found in several area’s.
- Financing models for blue-green solutions
- Inclusive city master plan: design, build, reuse, finance
- Building more resilient communities
- Resilient critical infrastructure
To accelerate the transition to a resilient and circular water cycle we need action! With the Amsterdam International Water Week we want to encourage sharing challenges and searching for joint solutions. Present your initiative, coalition, cooperation, innovation as an Amsterdam Agreement during the Amsterdam International Water Week Conference 2019.
Future Water Leaders
The Future Water Leaders community is integrated in the organisational process of the Amsterdam International Water Week programme. At the Summit in 2018 they introduced the ‘Water Identity’ concept. The outcomes of the project have been presented last week at the conference. Also, we’re proud to announce the new youth ambassador, Eleanor Treadwell!
Aquatech Amsterdam trade show
Aquatech Amsterdam (5-8 November 2019) is the world’s leading water trade show for process, drinking and waste water. Connect with over 25,000 international water professionals and explore the latest trends, products and services.
Let’s achieve the global goal of a sustainable water environment
The Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) helps to accelerate practical progress on water issues: connecting cities, industries, utilities and financiers. The Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) is your one stop shop for inspiration, insights, showcases, and new connections. AIWW offers different events: the AIWW Conference, Aquatech trade exhibition, excursions and more.
‘Climate change is a threat, climate action is an opportunity’
Special Envoy for Climate Change Poland’s High Level Climate Champion, Ministry of the Environment
‘To meet the challenges on climate adaptation, we need to scale up and speed up. GCA will work on that in close collaboration with the AIWW Global Community.’
CEO Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)