Amsterdam Agreements Overview

Values-Based Action

Values-Based Action

Water is a source of life, a symbol of purity but also a 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.

Smart Water Metering System

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.

Amsterdam Utility Agreement

Amsterdam Utility Agreement

The Amsterdam Utility Agreement (proposition: change it to International Committee of Wastewater Resource Recovery Leaders) is a community of practice composed by lead utilities in Berlin (BWB), Paris (SIAAP), Amsterdam (Waternet), New York City (NYCDEP) and Singapore (PUB). The purpose of this community is to foster knowledge, innovation, expertise and experience exchange on a wide range of water-related challenges with the aim of finding sustainable solutions. Ultimately, the essence of this community is the idea of collaborative learning, meaning that all partners involved can learn and benefit from working together by learning from each other’s strengths, know-how as well as shortcomings.  

Living Labs

Living Labs

In this bilateral agreement, the parties of Waternet and the AMS institute commit time and expertise to unlock talent for Waternet and contribute to the “educational activities” of the AMS institute. The parties offer living lab cases relevant for Waternet, participating in 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. Moreover, they will amplify and enhance the value proposition of each party in the field of “urban data” related to water and the needed data infrastructure and core competences.

Upscale Water Resource Recovery

Upscale Water Resource Recovery

Drinking water treatment yields – apart from drinking water itself – are very usable side products, including lime pellets from central softening processes and iron sludge resulting from the aeration of groundwater. The joint ambition of Aquaminerals and KWR is to introduce and implement the concept of ‘up-cycling and share residuals management’ in three new countries, and stimulate further innovation through a ‘revolving fund’ in order to fund further research, development, and innovation.

FMO-NWP: Develop and Finance International Water Initiatives

FMO-NWP: Develop and Finance International Water Initiatives

Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Dutch development bank FMO signed a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to develop at least two water initiatives, from project development to financial closing stage. NWP focuses on mobilizing the Dutch water sector around a specific international water initiative and  FMO will develop and structure that specific initiative in such a way that it becomes attractive for different financial partners.

Water in the Circular Economy

Water in the Circular Economy

The transition to a circular economy is necessary and the water sector wants to take a leading role in this transition. KWR, Vewin, and other water companies contribute to a circular society by developing and applying knowledge with other actors in and around the urban water cycle. With projects, parties in and around the urban water cycle connect to develop knowledge on local (re)use of freshwater, the role of water in balancing energy supply and demand, raw material efficiency in the urban water cycle and investigate governance aspects such as stakeholder management, the optimal scale of innovations in the urban water cycle and cost-benefit distribution within these innovations.

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