World Water Week
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Global & Local Youth Actions linked to Water and Waste
This interactive session will introduce the actions that young individuals and youth organisations have undertaken at global and local scale to implement water-related SDGs. The Business Model Canvas and World Cafe Dynamic groups discussions will allow the participants to analyze what has worked and how to scale it up.
Youth Solutions to Water Reduce and Reuse: Overcoming Upscaling Hindrances
This interactive session will introduce the actions of young individuals and youth organisations on a global and local scale to implement solutions on the topic of Water and Waste - Reduce and Reuse. Round table discussions will allow the participants to analyze best practice examples and means for upscaling.
Opportunities and limits to water pollution regulations: Session I
Session I: Opportunities and limits to command and control approaches to water pollution management. Where water quality is impacted by point sources of pollution, the response is to control and manage through legislation. However, in situations with diffuse source pollution, this mechanism is less effective and differing approaches are required.
Opportunities and limits to water pollution regulations: Session II
Session II: Regulation under scientific uncertainty. The challenge of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). CECs (e.g., pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, personal-care products, nanomaterials) present water quality challenges with potentially serious threats to human health and ecosystems. This session explores policy responses given scientific advancement in identifying, monitoring, preventing and processing CECs.
Plastic soup and dead zones: Source prevention for cleaner seas
This event will present experiences and innovative approaches of source prevention to reduce marine pollution and litter, discuss opportunities and challenges to improve fresh- coastal and marine water quality as part of SDG implementation and identify how the international community can support such efforts.
Irrigating Forests with Wastewater - natural and effective water treament?
Incorporating forests in wastewater treatment can increase water recyclability, reduce water treatment costs and improve forest and land conservation. This event will highlight the potential role of trees and forests in wastewater treatment and promote dialogue between the forest and water sectors in order to nurture integrated policies and management.
Opportunities and limits to water pollution regulations: Session III
Session III: Holistic view of pollution management from source-to-sea. Around 80 percent of ocean pollution comes from land-based activities. Coordinated action is required to manage all sources of pollution within catchments and across countries and subnational jurisdictions. Achieving water quality objectives requires policy alignment across different sectors at different scales.
The Groundwater Paradox: a hidden challenge for society
Although groundwater forms 96% of the most valuable resource, available freshwater, facts show that little information is available about this resource and consequently groundwater is poorly regulated and governed. The event aims at exploring sociological/psychological, financial and sector thinking reasons that explain this situation.
Antimicrobial resistance putting sustainable development at risk: Drivers, impacts, solutions.
Facing the broad range of initiatives working on antimicrobial resistance or pharmaceuticals in the environment, this event will be a stocktaking of knowledge, processes and actors, in order to build synergies and increase efficiency and to make those heard that are not necessarily part of the major global processes.
Protection of the Sacred: Wastewater management and Indigenous Realities
What are the implications of water and wastewater management on indigenous cultures and survival? Many indigenous peoples hold a holistic worldview on water but face injustices regarding water pollution, especially women. How to ensure indigenous peoples participate in decision-making, and designing of solutions? Making space for indigenous voices on water/wastewater.
SDG-Synergies: Countries Link WASH and Nutrition to Reduce Malnutrition
The impact of WASH on nutritional status is increasingly evident, calling on WASH-related programmes to become more nutrition-sensitive. Several countries are successfully linking WASH and Nutrition through policy, budgeting, and implementation. Public Officials will share their countries’ related experiences, encouraging other countries to replicate them, or scale-up their own.
Is wastewater a She? Linking SDG6.3 (wastewater) and SDG5 (gender)
No SDG 6 without SDG 5! The lack of wastewater treatment is not gender neutral. Sustainable wastewater services need to focus on women’s involvement – as consulted customers and as wastewater professionals. Participants will discuss the challenges that women face and good policies and practices that can address them.
Rethink water. Reinvent business. Reframing the way businesses value water
Succeeding in a water quality constrained world requires us shift from conservation to reuse. This session will discuss opportunities and challenges of operationalizing circular principles for water management for business, with an emphasis on leveraging data and insights to inform and make the business case for more circular water management.
EYE ON LAC:Halving the proportion of untreated wastewater by 2030
In LAC, it is estimated that only 28% of collected wastewater is adequately treated. This number implies that significant infrastructure investments are needed to meet the new SDG target of halving the proportion of untreated wastewater. This event will discuss how LAC will effectively implement this ambitious target.
Smart regulation to reduce faecal contamination of urban water resources
This session will present recent research around smart regulation of sanitation provision by urban citizens including slum landlords. We'll use engaging games to explore ways in which regulation in challenging contexts can be made smarter. It's important: better regulation of urban sanitation can have major impact on water resource quality.
Water Pricing: Finding the right price in developing countries
If success of SDG 6.1 is to be achieved, the affordability of safe water must be considered as important as the water itself. This event will reveal a path to sustainable solutions through identifying the right price point for drinking water in rural communities in the developing world.
From data to decision: monitoring water quality at scale
WHO, UNICEF, The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, and Akvo will share their different perspectives and experiences to explore approaches to monitoring water quality at scale for SDG6. This interactive event will include an audience discussion about different methods and the process of getting from data to decision.
Safe Water Enterprises: the opportunity to reach a billion people?
Safe water enterprises can play a larger role in providing clean drinking water globally according to the findings of a new, in-depth study. The session will help governments, aid agencies, impact investors, NGOs, the private sector understand this untapped potential and offer avenues to collaborate in national and global initiatives.
Solving the plastic waste crisis in urban waterways
The panel discusses the challenges of waste and plastic pollution in urban canal and river systems and the benefits of collaboration between the waste and water sectors. The event explores circular economy approaches for an effective plastics system and biocycle. It also presents examples from developing and emerging countries.
Launch & invitation for contributions to new journal, Water Security
Tuesday 17:00 - 17:45
Opening with 2 presentations from leading scholars on: ‘Water Supply and Health’, and engage invited panelists and audience into a constructive discussion with strong interdisciplinary connections. Publish the outcomes from the Showcase in new journal Water Security in the form of a meeting report or review article.
Dealing with the sanitation nexus - the need for disruption
The sessions will share the challenges, the emerging technologies and developments, which impact on the future development of settlements. It will tackle the nexus of water-wastewater-pollution-energy and promote a paradigm of 'waste to wealth' through a disruption in the sanitation value chain, by reinventing the business of sanitation towards beneficiation.
EYE ON LAC:Green Infrastructure and the Circular Economy of Water
By incorporating nature-based solutions (green infrastructure) as part of a comprehensive approach to managing the full water cycle, from source to discharge and reuse, cities can optimize capital and operational costs, and gain benefits such as increased health and higher adaptation/mitigation capacity to climate change related events.
Improving our waters: how innovation in textiles is reducing pollution
This event will present state-of-the-art initiatives and innovations that are transforming the textile industry’s impact on water quality. Case studies will describe the sector’s sustainability journey and inspire interactive discussion of lessons learned. It will offer valuable insights for all sectors interested in water stewardship and sustainable development.
MENA FOCUS: MENA Water World Café 2017
Brief plenary session will outline the MENA Water World Café 2017. Participants divided into three working groups will discuss: “Rethink before use” (group 1) “Climate change and Water- Waste Cycle” (group 2) –and “Water quality management” (group 3).
Contaminants of Emerging Concern– a challenge for waste water reuse?
CECs pose a hazard for public health and the environment. Their effect is not fully understood therefore no limiting values are set up. The event will offer guidance to develop strategies that consider impacts on public health and the environment especially for the use of treated wastewater for irrigation.
The HSBC Water Programme: Transforming lives in the Ganga
Join our interactive session to find out how a multi-partner approach combining corporate stewardship, WASH and citizen science is helping to tackle waste water challenges in the Ganga basin. Our event will cover the innovative Kanpur Leather Buyers’ platform, improved access to sanitation and research to protect wetlands.
Implementing Integrated Urban Water Management: training tools and applied examples
The event will present the key principles of employing an IUWM framework for the review and prioritization of integrated water interventions in developing country cities, including resource recovery and reuse. It will introduce participants to the recently developed IUWM Training Package and have practitioners discuss its usefulness and applicability.
Liquid manure and pesticides: Water quality challenges of agriculture
Industrial agriculture claims a major role in feeding a world’s population of 7,5 billion. However, agricultural groundwater pollution by manure and pesticides is a growing concern. The event highlights trends of agricultural pollution and presents case studies of technical and regulative measures to control contamination and foster water-friendly agricultural production.
Emerging pollutants in water reuse: Addressing knowledge and policy gaps
The event focuses on knowledge and policy gaps on emerging pollutants (pharmaceuticals, endocrine disruptors, etc.) in water and wastewater. Technical and policy approaches to managing emerging pollutants and reducing risks to human health and ecosystems will be discussed. Key UNESCO publications and da on the topic will be launched.
Water Solutions For Remote Areas:From Water Generation to Wastewater Treatment
Thursday 12:00 - 12:45
Water generation and water harvesting in remote and difficult areas. Water storage. Water purification and distribution networks. Consumption solutions, sanitation and hygiene. Waste water management.
Nature for Water: World Water Day 2018
This event presents the World Water Day 2018 campaign – Nature for Water - and its objectives showcasing the potential of nature-based solutions for water and how they can be considered for water management policy and practice. Participants will be able to identify ways their organizations can be actively involved.