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Get ready for Amsterdam International Water Week 2021, in-person and digital

As the world is opening up more and more, we are in full prep for Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW2021), planned for 1-5 November 2021. During AIWW2021, we bring together global leaders and experts from cities, industries, utilities and agri-food together with (applied) scientists to meet, mix and match around the AIWW main theme 2021: blue green deals with integrated solutions.

On our new launched website you can watch our event unfolding. This is also the place for your preregistration. Early bird tickets for the in-person sessions will be available as from July 1st

AIWW news
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“To further strengthen our beloved sector we need to develop true connections”

Naomi Timmer is the director of H2O People and Founder/Director of the European Junior Water Programme (EJWP), a 2-year programme that empowers young professionals with career skills and networks for water management.

Naomi: “It is important for the water sector to poke their heads outside their comfortable bubble. To further strenghten our beloved sector we need to develop true connections and look at human factors and drivers of our business. We need to embrace talent and empower people.”

Three participants of the latest EJWP-class - Hedviga Horváthová, Andres Lucht and Benjamin Hermans – have some interesting questions tot he members of the AIWW community.

Apply for the Wetskills Challenge

Wetskills will organise the 6th Wetskills Challenge in Amsterdam (and 8th event in The Netherlands). The Challenge will start on 23 October, with the finals on 4 November as part of the Future Water Leaders programme at Aquatech and AIWW2021.

Wetskills Foundation is inviting students (Bachelor (final year), Master and PhD) and Young Professionals from universities and organisations worldwide with a passion for Water-Energy-Food, to join the Wetskills experience. Deadline for application is August 31.

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Webinar water solutions #4: Community Engagement and Intersectoral Collaboration

In the Water Solutions webinars, we take a deep dive into the four subthemes for the Amsterdam International Water Week in November. Together with scientists, innovators and experts from cities, utilities, industry and agriculture we bring new perspectives and insights to the table. This fourth webinar focus on Community Engagement and Intersectoral Collaboration.
A Wave of Change: the demand for an inclusive approach in building a resilient water sector

The pandemic as a multifaceted challenge illustrated the imperative role of inclusivity, data, and building awareness and trust among communities. In addition, it showed fragility and flaws in the water sector worldwide. Thus, there is a key need to reflect on this experience and promote the water sector readiness by forging a new management approach that leaves no one behind, depends on harnessing water characteristics and technological advances, and foster intersectoral collaboration.
Li An Phoa launches book Drinkable Rivers

Li An Phoa is member of the AIWW community and founder of Stichting Drinkable Rivers. Drinkable Rivers works towards a world with drinkable rivers through inspiring walks, events, research, education, and mobilisation through various action programmes.

Phoa recently launched her book Drinkable Rivers (in Dutch). Interest is shown from English publishers, so it will be a matter of time until the book is published in English as well.

Can bodies of water with many submerged aquatic plants capture CO2 from the atmosphere?

Bodies of water containing many submerged aquatic plants might be hotspots for carbon (and nutrient) storage, particularly in the sediment. Management geared towards maintaining or restoring these aquatic plants can, in fact, contribute to achieving the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement. In a mesocosm experiment with spiked water milfoil, we found that a four-degree higher water temperature resulted in a larger plant biomass and increased sedimentation. The decomposition of this plant material, however, was greater. The net result was that the storage of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous in the bottom of the water remained high. These results suggest that bodies of water with submerged aquatic plants that are blooming can capture a portion of the anthropogenic emissions regardless of the water temperature.
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Timeline of important water events

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.
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