Posted on 9 April 2015
A delegation of 70 Dutch water experts will participate in the 7th edition of the World Water Forum that will take place in Daegu and Gyeongju, Korea from 13 to 17 April.
The Dutch delegation will contribute to over 40 high-level meetings, forums, scientific sessions and side events.
Theme of this year's World Water Forum is Water for Our Future. Over 30,000 water professionals from all over the world are expected to join the forum and their key interest will be the Sustainable Development Goal nr.6 on water. The United Nations is expected to adopt this post-2015 goal in September.
Dutch message: be prepared
The world can prepare itself for the looming water crises, whether it is too much water, too little water or too polluted water. This is the good news the Dutch delegation will bring to Korea.
As one of the safest river deltas in the world and having a highly efficient water supply, the Netherlands has a lot of knowledge and experiences to share.
Wide variety of expertise
A small selection from the agenda of the Dutch participation to illustrate the wide variety of the contributions.
Monday 13 April
● Dutch Water Authorities participate in an initiative by the OECD on water governance
● Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen joins a high-level meeting on water security and sustainable growth
● Icomos organises a session on the heritage of water management and the potential water damage to culture heritage, for instance by floodings
● Netherlands Water Pavilion (booth B330, hall F1) hosts a networking reception where everybody is welcome to meet the delegates and learn more about the Dutch water expertise
|Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen, leader of the Dutch delegation at 7th World Water Forum in Korea.|
Tuesday 14 April
● Water Diplomacy Consortium will share its experience on creating a dialogue to convert a conflict over water into constructive cooperation.
● City of Rotterdam will contribute to contribute to a European regional sub session on making cities more resilient, suing the concept of 'Living with water'
● Netherlands Water Partnership organises the session Linking Science and Technology for managing global water
● Netherlands Water Partnership organises a session on the latest developments to monitor the quality of fresh water resources on different geographic scales (from local to global)
Wednesday 15 April
● Women for water partnership will share the outcome of a pre-conference meeting at a special high-level session on gender equity for a water-secure world.
● Water Footprint Network holds several sessions including one on improving water-efficiency in cities, energy sector and industry.
|Well attended welcome reception in the Netherlands Water Pavilion during the previous World Water Forum in Marseille, France in 2012.|
Thursday 16 April
● Unesco-IHE is co-organiser of a session that focusses on the need to educate more water professionals that are desperately needed for the implementation of the ambitious global water goals.
● Alterra Wageningen University and Deltares organise a session on how to develop a long term plan for disaster risk reduction, creating flexibility for investments on measures to increase resiliency
The full programme of the Dutch delegation is available online and has been published on a special website: www.wwf7.dutchwatersector.com
The activities by the delegation can be followed on twitter: #NLatWWF7
Stay tuned as news items on this website will keep you up to date on the Dutch contribution to the 7th World Water Forum.
Read also on this website
● WWF7: Buzzing Dutch delegation very active at World Water Forum in Korea, 21 April 2015
● WWF7: Be prepared for water-related disasters was key message Dutch delegation, 20 April 2015
● WWF7: Time for long term action plans as rare weather events become regular, 20 April 2015
● WWF7: Icomos recommends water heritage as inspiration for today's water management, 19 April 2015
● WWF7: Akvo Flow hits one million mark for field surveys, 18 April 2015
● WWF7: Global monitoring water quality: top down or bottom up?, 15 April 2015
● WWF7: Dutch minister Schultz urges for consistent water policies to bring in the private sector, 15 April 2015
● WWF7: K-Water and Deltares sign MoU on joint projects on integrated water management, 14 April 2015
● WWF7: Korea and Netherlands take occasion of world forum to intensify cooperation, 13 April 2015
● WWF7: OECD launches 12 principles to achieve more stable water policies, 13 April 2015
● Special website on Dutch participation at WWF7: www.wwf7.dutchwatersector.com
Trailer with catchy tune, showing the Dutch message for World Water Forum 7.