End of last year, Amsterdam International Water Web (AIWW) has unfolded its sixth edition of fostering global change through inter-sectoral collaboration. AIWW 2021 theme is ‘Blue-Green deals with Integrated Solutions’, along the three pillars of societal, technical and ecological aspects. The core theme of AIWW 2021 revolves around global greening solutions, agreements and deals including European Green Deal, Water Frameworks Directive, and national goals like Netherlands International Water Ambition (NIWA).
Professor Dragan Savić is Chief Executive Officer at KWR Water Research Institute based in the Netherlands and Professor of Hydroinformatics at the University of Exeter in the UK, supervising students. After finishing his masters in Belgrade, Savić lived and worked in Canada and the UK, before he settled in The Netherlands. He finished his PhD in complex, smart water systems in Canada. His work has resulted in patentable innovation and spinout companies. In addition to innovation and leadership skills, he is known for believing in bridging science to practice in the wider water sector and utilities in general. As AIWW this is our main belief too.
COVID-19 has pushed the world towards digitalisation, hence in SIWW 2020, a virtual expo with more than 100 exhibits from over 16 countries was presented. Under the leadership of Ryan Yuen, Managing Director of Singapore International Water Week inaugurated the 2020 edition ‘Innovations, solutions and best practices in Water Management’. Matching the participants with appropriate interests and solutions was a key idea in making the virtual business expo; a huge success. This article reflects on what was on offer.
Prof. dr. ir. Huub Rijnaarts is Professor Environment and Water Technology at Wageningen UR, and one of our highly esteemed AIWW PAC-members. His research in sustainable water and soil resource management is distributed over four themes, among which the treatment and re-use of waste water, using innovative technologies. An interesting chat with an amicable pioneer and connector.
Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) has unfolded its sixth edition of fostering global change through inter-sectoral collaboration. AIWW 2021 theme is ‘Blue-Green deals with Integrated Solutions’, along the three pillars of societal, technical and ecological aspects. The core theme of AIWW 2021 revolves around global greening solutions, agreements and deals including European Green Deal, Water Frameworks Directive, and national goals like Netherlands International Water Ambition (NIWA).
“Rivers are vital for all life on earth, rivers are our lifelines. We cannot live without water, we are water. All living beings are part of a watershed, so we will all benefit from drinkable rivers,” says Li An Phoa, whose initiative Drinkable Rivers is one of AIWW’s Amsterdam Agreements. Last Friday Li An organised an online event for the network Mayors for a Drinkable Meuse that AIWW technically supported, with over 50 participants joining; mayors from the cities in the Meuse river basin, national and regional river authorities, water associations and other river initiatives.
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.
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.