Last week AIWW organised a Meet & Greet at the Holland Pavilion of the World Water Week 2019 in Stockholm. Bianca Nijhof, member of the Managing Board AIWW and Managing Director NWP hosted the event.

Bianca Nijhof was joined by Hein Pieper, Vice President of the Dutch regional water authorities and Chrysoula Papacharalampou, Future Water Leaders Ambassador AIWW 2019. The speakers covered two central AIWW themes: creating bankable water projects and the importance of young water professionals in the water discussion.

Include the industry to realise bankable projects

Nijhof: “This year’s Stockholm World Water Week focused mainly on water for society. Diversity, inclusion and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) were important recurrent themes and visible throughout the programme. A lot of NGO’s and governmental institutions were present, but much less so the industry. With AIWW we want to take the water discussion a step further: we are actively looking to connect water projects to potential investors from the private sector and the industry in order to create bankable projects.”

Supporting the planning and execution of water projects

The AIWW Conference’s main theme this year is ‘Implementation of Integrated Solutions by cities, industries, utilities and financiers: from cases to bankable projects.’ Nijhof: “In 2017 AIWW created the Amsterdam Agreements (AA’s). By signing these declarations the involved parties have spoken out their intention to commit themselves to the planning ánd execution of important water projects. This year we want to create new Amsterdam Agreements. AIWW believes that the AA’s support the involved cities, industry, utilities and financiers in their goals of realising and executing bankable water projects.”

Future Water Leaders: the next generation

AIWW also aims to include young water professionals in the water discussion. Nijhof: “AIWW is an important water event, both for our own future and the future of our children. That’s why AIWW wants to involve the next generation in the water discussion.” AIWW’s Youth ambassador Chrysoula Papacharalampou represents this group of young water professionals, the Future Water Leaders. During the Meet & Greet Papacharalampou elaborated on the Future Water Leaders’ objectives and aims.