Water in the circular economy: opportunities and challenges

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

We can no longer afford to embrace a linear water paradigm where water is used once and then discharged and where the economic value of water and associated wastes are not considered. A transition from a linear to circular economy paradigm for water and wastewater is essential to address our current and projected water challenges. These complex water challenges, such as water scarcity, water quality, and aging centralized infrastructure with inadequate funding mechanisms have resulted in negative impacts to economic development and business growth along with  gender and income inequality.


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. This “one water” paradigm will proactively create value for both the private and public sectors in low, middle and high income economies and contribute to achieving the SDGs, in particular the targets for water (SDG 6.3) and sustainable production (SDG 12.5)

SESSION 3: “A Bold Vision for the Circular Economy”



16:00 - 16:10    Recap of Session 1 & 2


16:10 - 16:25    Framework for Implementing the Circular Economy
                         Dr. Khoo Teng Chye (tbc)


16:25 – 17:10    Interactive Panel on the Path Forward:
                          Moderated by Ms. Betsy Otto

  • Circular Economy Approach to Wastewater Treatment- A Danish Example
    Mr. Theis Gadegaard, Krüger A/S
  • Circular Economies of Waste with Technology Enabling Replication
    Ms. Brenda Achiro Muthemba, Water for People
  • Quantifying the Circular Water Economy: The Case of Singapore
    Dr. Julian Kirchherr, Utrecht University
  • Mr. Todd Gartner, WRI (tbc)


17:10 - 17:25    Path Forward Keynote
                         Dr. Bindu Lohani, ADP


17:25 - 17:30    Conclusions/recommendations from entire Seminar

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