Five new Amsterdam Agreements during AIWW 2019
This year, we are proud to announce five new Amsterdam Agreements and happy that the 2017 Agreements have been extended. Four of the new Amsterdam Agreements were presented during the plenary closing of the AIWW Conference 2019:
- River Based Management (NWP and OMVS)
- Smart Rooftops (RESILIO)
- Smart Water Metering System (KIFFWA, Earth View and Resource Water Authority).
- Living Labs (AMS Institute and Waternet)
The fifth new Amsterdam Agreement ‘Values-Based Action’ has been presented on Thursday 7 November, and aims to strengthen the collaboration between the AIWW and VU Watersymposium. Also, the 2017 Amsterdam Agreement between Waternet and NYC-DEP has been festively renewed and signed.
An overview of the Amsterdam Agreements signed in 2019:
1. River Based Management
Following discussion between the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS) and Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) around establishing a long-term collaboration benefiting both the West-African (with a focus on Senegal) and Dutch water sectors; more specifically linking between the networks of OMVS -and indirect the AMBO- and the network of NWP, a Letter of Intent (LoI) was co-developed to cement the mutual interest in growing a relevant international network. The LoI is the first step towards establishing a strong relationship among the sectors and river basin management, strengthening the added value of the Dutch water sector in the Senegal river region and facilitating input of valuable content and dialogue during international events. The LoI is signed recognising that the water sectors in both countries want to manage water resources and water service delivery in a manner that contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and excellence in their respective water sectors.
Partners: NWP (Netherlands Water Partnership) and OMVS (Senegal River Basin Development Authority)
Signed by Mamadou Guisse, Special Advisor of the Minister of Water and Sanitation of Senegal and Bianca Nijhof, director of Netherlands Water Partnership
Contactperson: Raül Glotzbach (NWP)
2. Smart Blue-Green Rooftops
Citizens in urban areas face increased stress from extreme rainfall and heat. Dynamic rainwater buffers in blue-green roof systems can this stress. Pouring rain is collected, and the vegetation produces oxygen for the city. RESILIO will realise 8.000 m2 of smart blue-green roof systems on social housing complexes in 5 Amsterdam neighbourhoods and an additional 2.000 m2 for private house owners, subsidized by a grant scheme of the City of Amsterdam. The goal of the Amsterdam Agreement Smart Blue-Green Rooftops is to create partnerships with other international cities in order to actively learn from each other and achieve sustainable collaboration. The aim of the Smart Blue-Green Rooftops agreement is to exchange and share knowledge on smart dynamic micro level water management in cities and improve and strengthen the governance of innovative climate adaptive blue-green infrastructure solutions.
Partners: RESILIO and looking for cities around Europe
Presenter Age Niels Holstein, Municipality of Amsterdam
Contactperson: Marina Gaton
3. Smart Water Metering System
The Kenya Innovative Finance Facility for Water (KIFFWA), one of the project it invests in and co-develops: led by Earthview Management Limited, and the Water Resources Authority of Kenya intend to sign an implementation agreement to develop, finance and deploy services, hardware and software for the development of a Smart Water Metering System (SWMS). Once developed, the system will be able to manage close to 30.000 water abstraction and effluent discharge points across Kenya on behalf of the Water Resources Authority.
Three parties (government, investor/co-developer and commercial company) from Kenya intend to sign an implementation agreement for the development of a Smart Water Metering System (SWMS). Once developed, the system will be able to manage close to 30.000 water abstraction and effluent discharge points across Kenya on behalf of the Water Resources Authority.
The implementation agreement is between on the one side the Kenya Innovative Finance Facility for Water (KIFFWA) and one of the project it invests in and co-develops: led by Earthview Management Limited, and on the other side: the Water Resources Authority of Kenya. In the agreement, KIFFWA and Earthview Management Limited specify how they will together develop, finance and deploy services, hardware and software for use by the Water Resources Authority of Kenya. The latter is expected to play a facilitative role and provide non-cash assistance. It is also the main beneficiary. In fact, the SWMS project developed by Earthview Management and KIFFWA will help the Water Resources Authority to protect, conserve, control and regulate the use of water resources in Kenya.
The agreement is a concrete example of how a co-developer/investor and a water project developer create an intervention that is essential for a water scarce country like Kenya, suffering from the effects of climate change and with only under 500 cubic meters of renewable water available per person (recommended level by the UN is at least 1000 cubic meters per person).
Related to the agreement, KIFFWA and World Waternet will explore during the AIWW if they can work together as well. Because of World Waternet’s role and expertise in the Blue Deal project with the Water Resources Authority, it is valuable to explore whether and how World Waternet can provide Technical Assistance in the entire process of gathering water related data and processing these to information and knowledge.
Partners: KIFFWA – Joseph Murabula, Earthview Management Limited and Water Resources Authority of Kenya
Contactperson: Annemarie Mastenbroek (NWP)
4. Living Labs
The world is urbanising at a tremendous rate. Cities increasingly face challenges of sustainability and quality of life, challenges that put our resources, food security, mobility and logistics, water and waste management, health and wellbeing at risk. Cities need metropolitan solutions, made possible by revolutions in new technologies, research and design methods. But no stakeholder can do this alone; finding metropolitan solutions requires collaboration between knowledge institutes, companies, utilities, cities and citizens. Waternet (Waterboard of Amsterdam) and AMS institute (internationally leading institute) agreed to commit time and expertise towards the following activities:
- unlocking talent for Waternet, and contributing to the “education activities” of AMS Institute, by offering living lab cases relevant for Waternet, participating to events where matchmaking occurs between students and partners, stimulating access to the job market, and co-developing professional education that targets professionals, such as engineers, architects, and policymakers.
- amplifying and enhancing the value proposition of each Party in the field of “urban data” related to water and the needed data infrastructure and core competences, including data analysis, data management, IoT and data visualization; and
Partners: AMS institute – Waternet
Signed by: Kenneth Heijns and Roelof Kruize
5. Values-Based Action
Water is a source of life, a symbol of purity but also threatening force of nature that humans have to struggle with. Since time immemorial and across the globe this ambiguous relationship with water has resonated in religious narratives and technological innovations alike. The aim of the Amsterdam Agreement Values Based Action is to bring together narratives and innovations and with the integral approach deliver concrete collaborations and actions. The collaboration of the Watersymposium and the AIWW strengthens relationships between the universities of Amsterdam, Jakarta and CapeTown and is the basis for a longterm relationship together with governments, religions, companies and the financial sector.
The Amsterdam Agreement arise from the Convenant of Hope presented on November 7, 2019 at the Watersymposium.
(Agreement in development)
Last Summer, Li An Phoa spent sixty days walking the length of the Meuse/Maas from France to the North Sea. Along the way she measured the quality of the water together with five hundred local people. Li An spoke with children, entrepreneurs, administrators, journalists, teachers and directors about the potential for a new societal compass: drinkable rivers. This year, the citizen science research is broadened to 14 countries, in which 32 hubs mobilized nearly thousand people to join monitoring their rivers (currently almost 40).
Drinkable Rivers are indicators of health of a habitat and represent more than just clean water, because rivers can only be drinkable if the entire watershed is healthy and in balance. The underlying question therefore is ‘does this behavior, this measure or this innovation contribute to drinkable rivers? Together with the Mayor of Charlesville-Mézières, Li An set up the ‘Mayors for a Drinkable Meuse’ network. All mayors who join the network sign a declaration in which they express their intention to work towards a drinkable Meuse.
Will you join in the development of the Amsterdam Agreement for Drinkable Rivers?
- When you are active in the Meuse watershed, you can join our efforts with the Meuse/Maas and the Mayors’ network.
- If you are in another watershed how do you agree to care for your rivers and how could working towards a drinkable river help your river?
Contactpersons : Quirine Winkler (AIWW Amsterdam Agreements) and Li An Phoa (Drinkable Rivers, via firstname.lastname@example.org)