COVID-19 has disrupted businesses and events worldwide, but the thirst for knowledge exchange, peer-to-peer learning, business interaction and leads generation remains strong.Our peer global event for innovative urban water solutions, the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), will be organising their first-ever virtual event: SIWW Online, from 18-19 November 2020, to provide a platform for the international water community to come together and build new partnerships.
It is always hard to frame any experience into words because it will decrease the worth of the journey. However, I will try in this piece to discuss what I learnt about the water management as a concept which is only a certain aspect of my Erasmus Mundus joint master program in Water and Coastal Management experience.
Gertjan Medema is principal microbiologist at KWR, part-time professor of Water & Health at Delft University of Technology, and Visiting Professor at Michigan State University. At the AIWW Focus Event, Gertjan talks on wastewater as an information source to fight a pandemic and the gamechanger for Water Utilities to wastewater monitoring as an early warning system.
Cities around the world are coping with climate change: more rain and higher temperatures. To battle climate stress, RESILIO develops 10.000m2 of an inventive network of smart blue-green roofs in Amsterdam. . Our goal is to create partnerships in order to learn from each other. You can also benefit from our knowledge! The AIWW Focus Event this year was used to bringing RESILIO to the attention of cities worldwide.
Hasmik Barseghyan is one of the newest members of the AIWW’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC). She presents the youth perspective and youth voices on the AIWW platform, dialogue and cooperation. Her aim is to stimulate cooperation between youth and water organizations in Europe.
On October 1st we organized the AIWW Focus Event, our first online event on the road to the conference of 2021. The AIWW Focus Event brought together the core community of the AIWW, to share and discuss the key themes for our main event AIWW 2021. We’re now looking back on a successful event, a celebration of our common goals and ideas for what the future could hold in terms of water and gathered valuable input from our core members.
In this series of interviews we present members of our AIWW community. Tomas Michel PhD is President of Water Europe and one of the AIWW PAC-members. His main focus is linking water knowledge and the real world. He is inspired to push innovation through technology as well as through non-technological governance proposals. And he has an important message to the international “water world and beyond”: join AIWW!
Dr.Amani Alfarra (FAO), Ben Sonneveld (VU University Amsterdam) and Robert Brears (Our Future Water) share their blog on water management on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), based on an upcoming FAO report that was introduced at the Stockholm World Water Week.
In this series of interviews we present members of our AIWW community. This time: Li An Phoa, founder of Drinkable Rivers Foundation. The Drinkable Rivers Foundation works towards a world with drinkable rivers, by raising awareness and mobilising people to protect rivers with concrete action. Recently Li An and AIWW have articulated the new Amsterdam Agreement: Mayors for Drinkable Rivers.