CAF - Development Bank of Latin America / Stockholm International Water Institute / The Rockefeller Foundation / CAF - Development Bank of Latin America / The Rockefeller Foundation / World Resources Institute

Water in the circular economy: opportunities and challenges

Sunday 27 August | 11.00-12.30 |<span class="modelPlaceRoom"><strong>Room:</strong>FH 307</span>
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We can no longer afford to embrace a linear water paradigm where water is used once and then discharged. A transition from a linear to circular economy paradigm for water and wastewater is essential to address our current and projected water challenge. The circular economy paradigm requires that the value of water and associated wastes are addressed which will, in turn, drive innovation in public policy, financing, business models and technology in low, middle, and high income economies.

This seminar will address several critical questions to be addressed by researchers and stakeholders as we collectively transition to a circular water economy. These include how to:

  1. Overcome current challenges and take advantage of opportunities
  2. Leverage and accelerate cutting-edge innovations
  3. Apply collective action frameworks to mobilize stakeholders and achieve a bold vision  



Leveraging the Circular Economy and Current Barriers

11:00   Overview of the Circular Economy

Dr. Fred Boltz, Rockerfeller Foundation

11:10   Circular Economy Keynote

Nick Jeffries, Ellen McArthur Foundation

11:25   Bringing the Circular Economy to Life Keynote

Astrid Michels, GIZ

11:40   Panel:
Moderator: Carlos Diaz, CAF

  • Urban water services transitioning to a circular economy
  • Astrid Michels, GIZ
  • Local circular economy loops in between sectors
    Martine Vullierme,Veolia
  • 'One Water' strategies for corporate engagement
    Alex Money, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
  • Gyewoon Choi, Incheon National University

12:15   Panel Q&A
Moderator: Carlos Diaz, CAF

12:30   Conclusions of Session 1