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.
In this series of interviews we present members of our AIWW community. Tom Williams is Director – Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In his daily life, he connects with large corporations on their water-related risks and opportunities for domestic (e.g. household products), industrial (e.g. manufacturing and energy) and agricultural water use.
Stuart Orr leads the WWF Freshwater Practice – 460 staff in 67 countries – in implementing/advocating/influencing a wide range of work/policies/investments etc, related to rivers, wetlands and freshwater biodiversity. Orr feels deeply connected to water! “I am passionate of course through my work but am also a fisherman and a citizen – protecting freshwater for the future.”
As water professionals we need to stay current by regularly updating and enhancing our skills, knowledge and know-how, by joining events and conferences worldwide. Here’s an overview of events we would recommend participating. Please let us know if there are events missing and what’s on your radar.
Washing your hands frequently, with plenty of water and soap, is one of the simplest and most effective measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Yet for many, the first line of defense against Covid-19 is out of reach. Due to a lack of water supply and indoor plumbing, three-quarters of households in the developing world won’t be able to follow this advice, Tim Wainwright of the nonprofit WaterAid told The Guardian. How will they cope when the pandemic escalates and there is no clean water to help stop contagion?
While various activities for our different utility partners had been planned for the year 2020, Covid-19 made us postpone or cancel those plans for the time being. Luckily, we have not been fully halted!