The sixth edition of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) takes place from 1 – 5 November. The theme is Blue-Green deals with Integrated Solutions, along the three pillars of societal, technical and ecological aspects.

Three sub-themes

The central theme includes three sub-themes that build the framework of the programme:

  • Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration
    Long-term degradation of water quality and quantity reduction, lowering ground water levels, concretised water replenishment areas, over-extraction of services, natural processes and cycles have negatively impacted.
    Different nature-based solutions have proved to be a potential solution for reducing future risks and challenges and contribute to achieve clean water and ecosystem restoration.
  • Reuse, Recycle and Recover
    Local and decentralised solutions for drinking water production and distribution, wastewater treatment and technological advances in making water bodies, sources and streams swimmable and drinkable, is the current progress with a potential positive impact.
    Building towards locally resourced and implemented solutions, sharing best practices, lessons learned and resource-use efficiency achieved can further push sectors towards environment-friendly solutions and resilient ecosystems.
  • Risk and Resilience
    Flooding, high sediment load etc. can often damage the water infrastructures and can lead to high repair costs, making the services suffer thereby lowering investments in repair, maintenance and rehabilitation of the system.
    New innovations and solutions are experimented, implemented and institutionalised; recovery and retrofitting of old infrastructures and can provide short-term solutions,

Meet, mix and match

Amsterdam International Water Week 2021 will be held both in-person and digital, and includes an Integrated Leaders forum (invitation only). This biennial event brings together global leaders and experts from cities, industries, utilities and agri-food with (applied) scientists to meet, mix and match.

The network behind this event, the Amsterdam International Water Web (AIWW, since 2011), is a global water leaders’ community, bridging the gap between today’s challenges and future needs. The event puts water in the centre as an enabler to accelerate resilient and sustainable development. The event coincides with the Aquatech Amsterdam trade show on water technology, taking place at the same location.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management are supporters of the AIWW, through the Partners for Water programme. 

Join in

The organisers look forward to welcoming you at AIWW 2021. Registration is still open. Join the online sessions on Monday 1 November and Tuesday 2 November for free. Or come to Amsterdam and be part of the in-person programme on 3, 4 and 5 November.