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Dear members of the AIWW community,

Hope you’ve had a lovely summer and are still going strong. The COVID-19 crisis might not be over, but I am super proud of what we have achieved over the last months and happy with everyone taking ownership. We have been able to further strengthen the bonds within our community and get a clearer view of what it takes to achieve water security.

The AIWW community acts as a starting point of implementing integrated solutions, to contribute to our sustainable development goals with special focus on SDG’s 2, 6, 9, 11 and 13. At the leaders' fora, the frontrunners of cities, utilities and industry will meet their peers. At the conference itself, we will share the latest scientific insights and innovations on global themes, like circularity and climate change. We are currently working on setting the themes and subthemes for AIWW2021.

We’ll publish updates frequently, so please keep an eye on our newsletters, website and social media to stay up to date. This newsletter is packed with an update on the road to AIWW 2021, a piece from AIWW community member Li An Phoa and her initiative drinkable rivers, the inspiring case ‘Managing water to achieve food and nutrition security on Small Island Developing States’ and interviews with Tom Williams and Stuart Orr.

Hope you’ll appreciate this newsletter and please: get in touch if you have any questions or want to share your thoughts, feedback and ideas.

With kind regards on behalf of the AIWW Managing Board,
Roelof Kruize, chair and CEO Waternet

AIWW news
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The road to AIWW 2021

It might seem as we’ve got a long way to go, until Amsterdam International Water Week 2021, but time flies and a thorough prep is key. Pepijn van Loon, Assistant Program Manager AIWW 2021, gives an update of what keeps the AIWW 2021 team busy.
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“A culture of care is essential for all life on earth”

In this series of interviews we present members of our AIWW community. This time: Li An Phoa, founder of Drinkable Rivers Foundation.
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Managing water to achieve food and nutrition security on SIDS

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.
2021 is set to be a BIG year for many themes

Tom Williams discusses the themes for 2021, flashing forward to the water events planned for next year. "Water impacts and depends on many key decisions made at these events."
The water sector needs a kick up the back!

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.”

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.
Contact AIWW conference secretariat
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