Dutch Water Sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed WUR researcher observes less carbon absorption in Amazon during extreme dry El Niño event https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33599-wur-researcher-observes-less-carbon-absorption-in-amazon-during-extreme-dry-el-nino-event.html dws-wur-amazone-drought-delta-esa-nasa-770px-1The Amazon rain forest absorbed less carbon during the 2015/2016 El Niño. This apparent in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B that was published on 8 October. The reduced carbon absorption was a direct result from the little rainfall – the lowest in 35 years - which resulted in a great reduction of the amount of river water and the availability of soil moisture. Researchers of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) contributed to the special issue and two of the articles were written by members of the Department of Meteorology and Air Quality.

dws-wur-amazone-drought-2015-2016-grahphs-soil-moisute-deficits-350px Soil water deficits (dark brown) in March ion Amazone following drought years in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2015. (Source: NASA, credits: Yang Chen, University of California, Irvine).

Worst drought in decades
El Niño, the strong warming of cold seawater that occurs once every three to seven years, influences the weather in large areas of the world. The 2015/2016 El Niño caused a severe drought in the tropics. It was the worst in decades.

New research technology has enabled the researchers to conduct an in-depth examination of the influence of drought on carbon absorption in the Amazon rainforest and further unravel the nature of carbon cycles in the tropics.

Less river water
‘We used satellite observations of fluorescence by chloroplasts to estimate the carbon uptake through photosynthesis,’ says Gerbrand Koren, PhD candidate with the Department of Meteorology and Air Quality, and the first author of one of the articles by WUR.

Precipitation during El Niño 2015/2016 was the lowest in 35 years, which resulted in a great reduction of both the amount of river water and the availability of soil moisture.

Model studies revealed that the river discharge in the Amazon basin decreased by 30 to 40 percent from October 2015 onwards.

Less tree growth
The researchers found that less water was available for trees in the eastern part of the Amazon basin in particular. 

Gross primary production was greatly reduced throughout the Amazon region: tree photosynthesis was about 10 percent lower than in normal years. However, productivity rapidly returned to normal levels once the clouds returned and the rain season began, although the soil was still very dry.

Ingrid van der Laan-Luijkx and other authors including PhD candidate Erik van Schaik wrote the second WUR article. ‘We used a new combination of models together with observations’, she explains. ‘Using this combination resulted in new insights into the response of tropical vegetation to drought, insights that are necessary for a better understanding of the potential consequences of climate change.’

Read the full article: Widespread reduction in sun-induced fluorescence from the Amazon during the 2015/2016 El Niño.

This news item was originally published on the website of Wageningen University & Research.

(Top photo: Amazon river delta, as seen by ESA astronaut André Kuipers during his mission to the ISS in 2011 - photo credits: ESA/NASA).

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Finish Mondial studies role out of Wash-concept to Bangladesh https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33616-finish-mondial-studies-role-out-of-wash-concept-to-bangladesh.html dws-a4a-finish-bangladesh-satkhira-sludge-treatment-770pxEarly October, Program Manager Astrid van Agthoven of the Finish partnership visited Bangladesh for an update on the faecal sludge management. Following the successful facilitation of WASH services in India (since 2009) and Kenya (since 2013), the Finish partnership, by Dutch non-profit organisations Waste, Amref Flying Doctors and Aqua for All is gradually expending to other countries in Asia and Africa.

A small, practical start has been made in Satkhira where people use pit latrines or septic tanks that are often overflowing or discharged into storm water drains. The current capacity of the sludge treatment facility is too little to serve all 200,000 citizens.

dws-a4a-finish-bangladesh-consultation-350px Initial consultations in Satkhira, Bangladesh, showed that the current treatment capacity for faecal sludge in this city is far too little.

Stakeholder consultation
Program Manager Astrid van Agthoven reports on her visit: ‘After an initial broad stakeholder consultation early July, the core group of partners gathered at end of September in Satkhira municipality in the South West to further discuss the plans we made.'

‘Compared to India and Kenya,’, she continues, ‘Bangladesh has already reached an impressive level of access to sanitation, and microfinance loans for sanitation are quite common. Therefore, we focus in Bangladesh on faecal sludge management.’

Overflowing put latrines
In Satkhira town there is no sewage system and people use pit latrines or septic tanks that are often overflowing or discharged into storm water drains.

UK non-profit organisation Practical Action built a small faecal sludge treatment demonstration site a few years ago which can unfortunately only process the waste of about 30-40 households per month.

With more than 200,000 people in the municipality, there should be a capacity for treating the waste of at least 650 households per month.

One step at a time
Van Agthoven: ‘That’s when we assume each pit/septic tank will need to be emptied every 5 years. Though in a flood prone area like Satkhira, it would be much better if pits are emptied every year! But let’s take one step at a time.’ According to Van Agthoven the current situation implies that almost all faecal sludge of Satkhira ends up in the environment untreated.

Finish was invited to visit Bangladesh by microfinance institution ASA.

dws-a4a-finish-sludge-collector-350px Practical Action has built this affordable ‘sludge transporter (1.5 cum capacity) for the Sweepers Association of Faridpur municipality. The mechanised transporter is able to access narrow roads (source: Facebook Practical Action).

Unorganized informal sector
Like in other countries, the idea is to develop Finish Bangladesh as a public-private partnership. The workshop was a very useful starting point in terms of building such a partnership. However, the private sector was not well represented, as currently desludging is done by the informal sector that is not well organized.

Finish aims at facilitating people who are involved in pit emptying to enhance their business by increasing their market and making their work more dignified, e.g. through proper equipment that will ease their job and protect their health.

In addition, the treatment of waste and turning it into usable products – a sector in which currently hardly anybody is employed – is also a good opportunity to enhance livelihoods for vulnerable populations.

This news item was originally published on the website of Aqua for All.

(Top photo: Current faecal sludge treatment faciloity in Satkhira, Bangladesh - photo's: Aqua for All).

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Three Dutch NGOs sign mondial agreement to scale up sanitation projects, 1 June 2018
Expertise: Water for all
Country: Bangladesh

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
New GCA adaptation commission takes a stand for those already suffering from climate change https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33694-new-gca-adaptation-commission-takes-a-stand-for-those-already-suffering-from-climate-change.html dws-gac-16102018-arnoudmolenaar-twitter770px
‘Our climate has already changed. Dramatic weather events and volatile seasons are the new normal. Millions of people in poor countries are already living with the effects of climate change’, said Kristalina Georgieva, CEO at the World Bank, on the launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation, in the Hague, the Netherlands, 16 October.

Next to Kristalina Georgieva, the former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (chair) and Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates are part of the commission.

dws-gac-launch-georgieva-350px CEO Kristalina Georgieva at the World Bank mentioned that those affected most, are least able to prepared for more extreme weather events.

Accelerate adaptation
The commission heads the Global Centre on Adaptation that has a mission to catalyse a global movement to bring scale and speed to climate adaptation solutions.

It includes 17 convening countries and 28 commissioners, including the leaders, representing all regions of the globe and all sectors of development and industry.

‘It is a cruel irony that those who have least contributed to climate change are the ones who are affected and least able to prepare’, continued Kristalina Georgieva. ‘We face a choice: business as usual and hope for the best. Or we act now and build for a resilient future.’

dws-gac-launch-ban-ki-moon-350px Chair Ban Ki-moon urged society to invest more in climate adaptation.

Adaptation is less costly
At the inauguration of the commission Ban Ki-moon warned again for the high costs of continuing business as usual. ‘Without urgent adaptation action, we risk undermining food, energy and water security for decades to come.’, he said.

Ban Ki-Moon: ‘Continued economic growth and reductions in global poverty are possible despite these daunting challenges - but only if societies invest much more in adaptation. The costs of adapting are less than the cost of doing business as usual. And the benefits many times larger’.

Co-chair Bill Gates contributed to the ceremony with a video message. ‘We are at a moment of high risk and great promise. We need policies to help vulnerable populations adapt and we need to ensure that governments and other stakeholders are supporting innovation and helping deliver those breakthroughs to the people and places that need them most.’

Bill Gates: ‘If everyone does their part, we can reduce carbon emissions, increase access to affordable energy, and help farmers everywhere grow more productive crops.’

dws-gac-launch-gates-350px Co-chair Bill Gates highlighted the opportunities for the global society to act and deliver breakthroughs in his video message.

Flagship report
In its first year, the Commission will oversee preparation of a flagship report and present its findings and recommendations at the 2019 UNSG Climate Summit.

The report will be informed by input from the world’s leading scientific, economic and policy analysis institutes; and will set out why adapting to climate risks and accelerated action is essential, what new actions are needed and what must be done differently; and how governments, companies and citizens can start working today to make the world a safer, better place.

Countries at the forefront of adaptation have taken the lead in creating the Global Commission on Adaptation. The leaders of these countries are committed to working together to advance the work of the Commission. These countries include: Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Germany, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, the Netherlands, Senegal, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

This news item is based on the original publication on the website of GCA.

(photos: Twitter)

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COP23: Launch of GCECA centre to speed up worldwide climate adaptation, 15 November 2017
• Expertise: Resilient cities and Enabling delta life

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Full video recording of the launch ceremony of the commission on 16 October in The Hague.

 

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Deltares and Jamaican institute MGI collaborate on coastal resilience for the Caribbean https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33607-deltares-and-jamaican-institute-mgi-collaborate-on-coastal-resilience-for-the-caribbean.html dws-deltares-mgi-thundersdtorm-kingston-770pxThe Caribbean region stands to benefit from cutting-edge research and solutions in coastal issues through the partnership between the Dutch research institute Deltares and Jamaica’s Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was officially signed during the Deltares 10-year anniversary celebrations at the beginning of October in Delft, the Netherlands.

With this MoU, the two organizations strive to strengthen scientific and technological cooperation, to build human and technological capacity, and to consolidate national and regional development.

dws-deltares-mgi-maxam-giardini2-350px Ava Maxam (right) of MGI and Marine and Alessio Giardino (left) of Deltares visiting one of the wave testing facilities at Deltares in Delft, the Netherlands. (Photo: Twitter account MGI)

Severe damage from hurricanes
With most of the population of the Caribbean located in coastal areas, local resources remain exposed to direct threats in the form of the adverse effects of hurricanes, tsunamis, sea level rise, and consequent flooding and coastal erosion.

Deputy director Ava Maxam at MGI and Marine and coastal systems expert Alessio Giardino at Deltares: ‘Given the increasing impacts of climate change and global warming – 2017 being one of the worst years in the region’s history with much loss of life and property from natural disasters – such a partnership is much needed to facilitate the long-term development and management of Caribbean coastal zone and resources.’

Resilience of livelihoods
Deltares is providing the latest applied research and advice to the Caribbean, aiming to improve the resilience of livelihoods, economic assets and ecosystems that rely on coastal areas. MGI has a long track record in the development of geospatial applications in many Caribbean countries, as well as the backing of the University of the West Indies as it's parent.

This news item was originally published on the websites of Deltares and MGI.

(Top photo: Thunderstorm with dramatic shelf cloud leading edge, closing in on Kingston, Jamaica, in September this year - photo: twitter Metservice JA).

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Poland and the Netherlands to intensify cooperation on river restoration focused on multiple use of river area https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33624-poland-and-the-netherlands-to-intensify-cooperation-on-river-restoration-focused-on-multiple-use-of-river-area.html dws-nl-pl-rivers-niemiec2-770px
‘By 2030 all main Polish rivers need to be used for inland navigation’, announced Polish Deputy Minister Anna Moskwa of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways. She was delighted with the support of the Netherlands for this huge piece of work that was showed at the special seminar ‘Transport Connects, Water Unites’, in Warsaw on 10 October. The seminar was organised on the occasion of a Dutch water and maritime trade mission to Poland.

dws-nl-pl-moskwa-350px  Deputy minister Anna Moskwa explained the integration of flood protection and the inland water way navigation on Poland's main rivers.

Transport corridors
According to deputy minister Moskwa the seminar took place at a very special occasion as the Polish government has recently introduced a new water law and Poland is now reforming its water management.

The renewed approach on water management focuses on combining Polish rivers closely to inland navigation and the integration of Polish water ways in the trans-European transport network (Ten-T) corridors.

The restoration of the main Polish rivers started off as flood protection projects after severe floodings in 1997, 2001 and 2010. This has led to a new flood protection plan that is combined with making the river Odra and Wisla accesible for inland navigation. ‘Following the recent water shortage we now also seek for a  better balance of our river management and we consider floods and droughts as two closely related issues’, said Moskwa.

dws-nl-pl-rivers-goossensen Representing the Dutch Topsector Water & Maritiem, Frank Goossensen told about the integrated flood protection the 'Room for the River' programme.

Seeking trade offs
On behalf of the Dutch delegation, Frank Goossensen of Top Sector Water & Maritime suggested deputy minister Moskwa to seek trade-offs by combining the multiple goals on project level. As an example he mentioned the Room for the River project near Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

According to Goossensen, the Room for the River project brings Nijmegen multiple advantages, since flood protection and urban development go hand-in-hand the project. The river levee was laid back 350 m so the city is now less prone to flooding. And at the same time two new bridges have been constructed to connect new housing development on the other bank of the river. The housing development contributed to economic development of the city.

Goossensen invited the Polish Deputy Minister to team up with Dutch partners who were involved in the Room for the River project.

Involving less enthusiastic stakeholders
Director Monika Niemiec-Butryn (top photo), responsible for the inland navigation at the ministry, explained at the seminar how Poland envisions new navigation corridors from north to south and east to west. Many feasibility and cost-benefit studies are underway and will be followed by Environmental impact studies next year. ‘That will be our most challenging part’, predicted Niemiec-Butryn, ‘as there are several Natura 2000 sites along the rivers’.

Niemiec-Butryn invited her Dutch counterparts to share their experiences on getting less enthusiastic stakeholders on board. ‘How can we show them that the river restoration and the navigability are a real good ecological option for moving goods?’. She announced the development of a strategic plan to combine the goals on flood protection, inland navigation and waterfront development. ‘With Dutch cooperation we may to be able to beat the success of the international renowned Room for the River programme’, she concluded challenging.

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Sweco to improve flood protection along Poland's two biggest rivers Oder and Vistula, 12 November 2016
Country: Poland

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Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Van den Herik selected to dredge entrance to Port of Police, Poland https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33587-van-den-herik-selected-to-dredge-entrance-to-port-of-police-poland.html dws-nl-pl-van-den-herik-police-canal-signing-770pxThe local authority of the Polish maritime administration in Szczecin, has selected Dutch dredging company Van den Herik for the design and execution of the deepening and widening of the port entrance at Police, Poland. Van den Herik won the tender worth 5,1 million euro. The dredging project is scheduled to be completed by 2020.

The signing of the contract took place during the visit of a Dutch trade mission to Poland led by Dutch Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management. The contract was signed on 11 October (on top photo).

dws-nl-pl-van-den-herik-dredging-vessels-350px  Two of Van den Herik’s Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHD) in action: Charlock and Christophorus. (Twitter Van den Herik)

Deepening approach track
The city of Police is situated downstream of the Oder river, near the Baltic Sea. It’s sea port comprises four terminals and is currently the fourth largest seaport in Poland in terms of quantity of goods subject to loading/unloading operations.

The dredging work will consist of deepening the approach track on the Police Channel to 10.5 m and widening in the bottom up to 100 m.

Additional the Kiełpiń Canal will be deepened up to 3 m and widened up to 25 m, and a bend (to a depth of 3.0 m and a width of 35 m).

Finally the slope of the Kiełpiński Ostrów island will be strengthened.

About Van den Herik
Van den Herik is specialized in coastal and river bank works, dredging, hydraulics and marine engineering structures, locating conventional explosives, salvaging wrecks, nature development and offshore activities

The company is active in Poland since 2006 and presented itself at major Polish exhibitions such as Baltexpo (Gdansk 2017) and Waterways Expo (Warsaw 2016).

This news item was originally published on the website of Urzad Morski w Szczecine (in Polish only). 

Photos: Urzad Morski w Szczecine and Van den Herik.

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Country: Poland

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Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Waterways, cities and ports ranked high on agenda of Dutch trade mission to Poland https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33557-waterways-cities-and-ports-ranked-high-on-agenda-of-dutch-trade-mission-to-poland.html dws-nl-pl-gr-barczyk-nieuwenhuizen-770pxPoland is well advanced in its ambitious plans on climate resilient infrastructure. Next year all major large Polish cities must have an adaptation plan and by 2030 the country wants 30 percent of all its freight transport to go by rail or water. ‘That’s quite a challenge!’, said Dutch Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management who headed a Dutch trade mission to Poland from 9 to 11 October. ‘It’s an ambition my country recognises’, she continued. ‘We too, are a country of transport and logistics. Take our ports: Rotterdam and Amsterdam’.

On the occasion of the trade mission, Van Nieuwenhuizen (right on top photo) signed a Letter of Intent with the Polish Maritime Economy Minister Marek Gróbarczyk (left) on a closer cooperation in the field of water resources and inland water waterway transport.

dws-nl-pl-44mpa-czarnocki-350px Piotr Czarnocki of the Polish Environmental Ministry explained the common approach of all 44 cities in the 44MPA-programme on urban climate adaptation.

Mutual water issues
At a special seminar ‘Transport Connects, Water Unites’, in Warsaw on 10 October the Dutch mission delegates discussed mutual water issues with their Polish counterparts.

On the issue of urban climate adaptation the seminar showed the different approaches of both countries. Poland is well advanced on its programme Urban Adaptation Plans in 44 cities (Miejskie plany adaptacji - 44mpa). Head of unit climate adaptation Piotr Czarnocki of the Polish Ministry of Environment told that the programme is already in its fifth stage. This means that the cities have finished their assessments and are now in the process of defining projects, such as the creation of green-blue corridors.

Next year all 44 cities are to enter the sixth and final stage, the publication of the action plans.

dws-nl-pl-stress-test-heij-350px Peter Heij of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure told that all 380 Dutch municipalities are now looking for the hotspots were they are most vulnerable for extreme rainfall and heat waves.

One methodology for all cities
Czarnocki explained that one common methodology was used by all cities. This made the programme so special, he said, as the cities are making more or less the same progress and the results are comparable.

The methodology has been developed by a consortium that is now assisting the cities in providing the necessary data for the vulnerability and risks assessments.

Participating in the consortium is Dutch consultant Arcadis. According to environmental division director Ann Rusek the methodology works well and cities are pleased with it and fully involved.

‘The methodology does not provide the one solution but helps the cities in their approach. With every next phase we develop specific templates they can use’, added Rusek.

dws-nl-pl-seminar-holterman-350px  Transport łączy się i woda łączy (Transport connects and water unites) were the opening words by seminar chairman Menno Holterman reflecting on the historic Hanseatic League network of Dutch and Polish river ports established some 600 years ago.

Stress test
Director general Peter Heij of the Dutch Ministry of infrastructure and Water Management, informed the participants in the seminar on the implementation of urban climate adaptation in the Netherlands.

He told that all 380 Dutch municipals are now conducting a ‘stress test’ to identify the hotspots in their cities where extreme rainfall or heat waves may cause serious problems and may lead to damages. Next year these assessments must be ready.

Other topics on the programme of the Dutch-Polish seminar were sustainable water ways, green port development and circular water technology.

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Expertise: Resilient cities
Country: Poland

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Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
10 years Deltares: Drainage Antarctica ice sheet is game changer for sea level rise https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33526-10-years-deltares-drainage-antarctica-ice-sheet-is-game-changer-for-sea-level-rise.html dws-deltares-jubilee-smits-770px‘For two years climate scientists warn us that Antarctica, the south pole, may be much less stable than we have thought so far, and ice sheet can rapidly slip into the sea. I think that we face a game changer’, said scientific director Jaap Kwadijk of Deltares. ‘This slipping would lead to an acceleration in sea level rise in the coming decades to a speed that is unprecedented in history.’

Kwadijk brought his worrying message at the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the renowned Dutch research institute Deltares in Delft, the Netherlands, on 5 October.

The celebration saw many top experts of the institute addressing current topics related to climate change in low-lying and often densely populated river delta areas.

dws-deltares-jubilee-kwadijk-350px Scientific director Jaap Kwadijk of Deltares warned that it will be a huge task for the delta and coastal region to keep pace with sea level rise. (photos: Deltares/Guus Schoonewille). 

New insights
Addressing the issue of sea level rise, Kwadijk predicted that the new insight in the melting processes on Antarctic forces will have a big impact on climate adaptation worldwide.

‘We need to keep pace with accelerated sea level rise’, he said. ‘The challenge to keep deltas and coastal areas all over the globe liveable will be huge, in my view so huge that we need to rethink the capacity of our classical engineering.’

Deltares recently published a report on the potential effects of the Antarctic ice melting for the sea level rise at the Dutch coast. The current Dutch long-term adaptive water management plan, the Deltaplan 2015, foresees a sea level rise up to 1 meter by 2100. New insights indicate that levels may rise up to 3.2 m by 2100.

'We need to understand better the melting processes on Antratctica to be able to predict better the pace in sea level rise', he said. 

dws-deltares-jubilee-sealevelrise-scheme-2100-450px Recent study by Deltares for the Dutch coast indicates a much higher sea level rise than currently envisioned (in dark brown). The acceleration also implies that new measures will last shorter. In grey the number of years a measure can meet a sea level rise of 0,5 m once  implemented.(source: Deltares, 2018) 

Rethinking engineering
‘The concept of Nature Based Solutions is often mentioned as the silver bullet solution’, said Kwadijk, focussing on the potential of responsive measures. ‘And there are good reasons for that. They can cost-effectively reduce vulnerability and they have multiple benefits to the environment and local communities. Think of sustaining livelihoods, improving food security and sequestering carbon. It is therefore that Nature Based Solutions are attracting the attention of green investors.’ However, he warned the challenges in river deltas and coastal area will be huge. ‘In my view so huge that we need to rethink the capacity of our classical engineering’, he suggested.

Kwadijk urged to scale up projects based on Nature Based Solutions. ‘Pilots are also too small to judge NBS’s applicability for large areas’, he said.

dws-deltares-jubilee-kwadijk2-350pxNew generation of scientists
Continuing his key note, Kwadijk urged communities of data and computer science to join the communities of climate, earth system and environmental sciences. ‘Bringing these different communities together will create a new generation of scientists.’

As an example, he mentioned the development by Deltares of the Aqua monitor, an open tool for analysing satellite data and visualising changes in land and water throughout the world. By using the Google Earth Engine, it shows for the last 30 years where and when water has turned into land and where land has turned into water.

Much more adaptive
Finally, Kwadijk turned his attention to the Netherlands. ‘I believe that The Netherlands is much more adaptive than we think. But we need to broaden our perspective. Real adaptive management of a delta is more than investing earlier or later to ‘hold the line’.

He imagined that the current map of the Netherlands may change. ‘This would mean that we should no longer have the perspective of the current map of the Netherlands. If these projections would become true, It would mean that the future map of the Netherlands might be different from that of today.’

And for Deltares…. ‘To support this transition will mean that in the coming 10 years we will be challenged to the very limits of our capacities.’

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Expertise: Enabling delta life

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Delft, the Netherlands
+31 88 335 8273
www.deltares.nl

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Tue, 09 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
NX Filtration joins Danish collaboration on water treatment using enzymes https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33500-nx-filtration-joins-danish-collaboration-on-water-treatment-using-enzymes.html  

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Dutch water technology supplier NX Filtration joins the HelloScience community and adds its membrane technology to the open online innovation platform to bring ideas to new waster treatment solutions. HelloScience was founded by Grundfos and Novozymes last year, with the purpose to develop new, efficient and reliable ways to remove pesticides and pharmaceutical residues from drinking water sources.

dws-nx-filtration-helloscience-roesink-350px  General manager Erik Roesink of NX Filtration is enthusiastic about the cobination of his nanofiltration technology with enzymes technology for the removal of micro pollutants from waste water. 

Creating something new
By joining the open platform, NX Filtration expects to create something new that can truly make a difference for the removal of micro pollutants from waste water and improve the cleaning of drinking water.

‘We are privileged to be part of this initiative’, says Erik Roesink, General Manager at NX Filtration. 'Our innovative nanofiltration technology is capable of selectively removing small organic compounds from fresh water sources, which enables new applications such as the removal of pharmaceutical residues, pesticides and other contaminants in the production of drinking water.’

Combined with the technology expertise of Novozymes and Grundfos, Roesink hopes to be able to create something new ‘which can truly make a difference’.

dws-nx-filtration-helloscience-membrane-350px-1Integration of enzymes and membrane filtration
In broad terms, the solution that the three companies are collaborating revolves around integrating enzymes into the membrane filtration process to create a solution, which can remove emerging contaminants from water to an extent that makes it safe to drink.

This is to be combined with monitoring systems and effective water solutions to create new technological answers to this challenge, which are both effective and reliable.

Proven competencies
‘This is a great example of what we are working for with HelloScience and open innovation’, says Daniel Cardinali, Head of Novozymes’ Innovation Office.

‘We have discovered new competencies and put them to play with our proven competencies to solve some of the greatest challenges connected to securing safe water’.

First field tests
The first steps towards reaching fully functioning and deployed solutions have been made, and field tests will be initiated at Grundfos headquarters in Denmark.

The cooperation was started on the Novozymes-Grundfos-driven innovation platform HelloScience and it is the first example of a collaboration growing from this basis.

This news item was originally published on the website of HelloScience and NX Filtration.

(Photos: HelloScience and NX Filtration)

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Expertise: Water technology

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NX Filtration
Enschede, the Netherlands
+31 850479900
www.nxfiltration.com

General Manager Erik Roesink at NX Filtration explains why his company joined HelloScience and why it is important to work together as high technology and innovative companies.

 

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Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Pentair X-Flow: UF membranes lasted 12 years instead of 8 at water works Roetgen, Germany https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33482-pentair-x-flow-uf-membranes-lasted-12-years-instead-of-8-at-water-works-roetgen-germany.html dws-xflow-roetgen-modules2-770px

At Germany’s largest UF membrane water treatment plant Roetgen, Germany, the UF membranes in Pentair X-Flow Xiga membranes served 12 years continuously. Initially, when installed, it was expected that they would service only 8 years.

Both water work operator WAG Nordeifel, and membrane specialist Pentair X-Flow marked this long life time to illustrate that membranes can be reliable. In 2005, 40 modules of Pentair X/Flow’s Xiga membrane modules have been installed at water works Roetgen.

dws-x-flow-uf-membrane-roetgen2-350px Water works Roetgen produces drinking water for 600,000 inhabitants. (photo: Enwor)

Remarkable in Germany
Water works Roetgen draws its water from a dammed reservoir in the Dreilägerbach, producing drinking water for the metropolitan area of Aachen. This plant is one the few in Germany to use UF membranes.

‘Our ultrafiltration plant is one of the most modern in Europe and by far the largest in Germany’, says Walter Dautzenberg, technical director at WAG Nordeifel.

‘Every year we deliver around 35 million cubic meters of drinking water’, he adds, ‘to more than 600,000 people. The raw water comes exclusively from dams.’

Better economy and performance
Dautzenberg continuous : ‘Before, we had a normal, two-stage open quick filtration system, a classic sand filter system that is typically used in Germany for the treatment of drinking water from dam water. ‘

‘As the planning with conventional technology and with membrane stage had roughly the same economic impact, we opted for membrane technology because the technology seemed more future-proof and because the cleaning performance of membranes is significantly better.’

dws-xflow-roetgen-xiga-hollow-fiber-350px Hollow fiber membranes in Xiga module (photo: Pentair, Norit)

Expectations exceeded
Membrane-based treatment is also much better able to handle changing raw water qualities, making operation much more stable and reliable. The Pentair X-Flow Xiga 40 membranes have far exceeded expectations, according to Dautzenberg.

‘We expected eight years and they worked well for over twelve years. We never used chlorine to clean the membranes, which contributes to a longer life’.

Also on the issue of water quality, Dautzenberg shows a high customer satisfaction. ‘The filtrate quality in the microbiological sense was always inconspicuous, which was not always the case with sand filtration in the past.’

‘This plant has significantly improved the stability of the treatment process and particle retention’, he concludes.

This news items is based on publications on the websites of Pentair X-Flow and Enwor (in German only).

(top photo: WAG)

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X-flow delivers UF-filtration unit to first Colourfield mini sport field in India, 18 December 2016
Weftec 2015 sees launch UF-filtration with a twist: Pentair's X-Flow Helix technology, 13 September 2015
Expertise: Water technology
Country: Germany

More information
Pentair X-Flow
Enschede, the Netherlands
+31 53 428 73 50
www.xflow.pentair.com/en

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Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Boskalis starts dredging for LNG Canada's export facility near Kitimat, Canada https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33470-boskalis-starts-dredging-for-lng-canada-s-export-facility-near-kitimat-canada.html dws-boskalis-lng-canada-first-equipment-august-770pxRoyal Boskalis announces that it will be executing the dredging scope for the development of the first large-scale LNG export facility in Kitimat, Canada.

The announcement followed the final investment decision by the shareholders earlier today. The dredging contract value is approximately 100 million euro. The LNG export facility near Kitimat will be Canada’s first.

dws-boskalis-lng-canada-shipping-route-350px The large LNG carriers will navigate a 294 km long route from the Pacific coast (left) to the new to be constructed LNG terminal near Kitimat (top right).

Contaminated sediment
The dredging scope includes the removal and remediation of contaminated and non-contaminated sediments at the site of the future facility in order to provide the required physical space and marine access for the construction of LNG Canada.

For these activities Boskalis will deploy a medium-sized trailing suction hopper dredger, cutter suction dredger, backhoe dredger and a crane barge.

Green field development
Boskalis was involved from the early stages of this development illustrating the early cyclical exposure dredging has on green field LNG developments.

The dredging activities are expected to continue into 2020.

LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Royal Dutch Shell, Petronas, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and Korea Gas Corporation. The liquefied natural gas (LNG).

This news item was originally published on the website of Boskalis.
(top photo: arrival of first equipment near Kirimati - photo and chart: LNG Canada)

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Royal Boskalis to build 10 km levee around Singapore’s first polder, 3 April 2018
Royal Boskalis awarded contract to dredge Martin Garcia Channel, Uruguay, 5 December 2017
Royal Boskalis and McLaughlin & Harvey awarded deepening Peterhead harbour, Scotland, 2 October 2016
Expertise: Enabling delta life
Country: Canada

More information
Royal Boskalis Westminster
Papendrecht, the Netherlands
+31 78 6969 000
www.boskalis.com


Video presentation released by LNG Canada on the shipping routes 
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Video presentation released by LNG Canada (in 2015) while selecting the best location for the new LNG harbour.

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Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
EWTW2018: A look back on an event that connected water tech hubs worldwide https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33420-ewtw2018-a-look-back-on-an-event-that-connected-water-tech-hubs-worldwide.html dws-ewtw-look-back-00-hubs-dialogue-770pxThe signing of the declaration that calls for an alliance by six water tech hubs in different regions in the world, was one of biggest highlights of the European Water Tech Week, held in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, from 24 – 27 September.

The organiser of the event, WaterCampus Leeuwarden, can look back on a successful first event that positioned the campus as the place-to-be for European water technology innovation. The first edition of this event drew over 1,000 visitors from 38 different countries. From now on the event will be organised bi-annually so the next European Water Tech Week will be held in 2020.

Below a photo look back on memorable moments.

Real multidisciplinary research
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Professor Cees Buisman of the Wetsus research institute presented last year’s highlights. At the opening of EWTW he specially mentioned the ability of his institute to involve professors from different disciplines such as agriculture, energy, biochemistry and even social sciences, enabling research outside the own water technology silo.

Under my umbrella
dws-ewtw-look-back-02-wis-johan-bel-drop2drink-770pxJohan Bel of Dutch start-up Mijn Fabriek pitched his innovative Drop2Drink unit while holding an umbrella in his hand. The unit produces drinking water from rainwater at low cost and is easy to maintain. Bel won the runners up prize in the Water Innovation Awards organised by the Water Alliance.

The miracle of the water bridge
dws-ewtw-look-back-03-expo-waterbridge-770pxVisitors of the expo looked fascinated to the water bridge. At the right side of the photo above, are two glasses standing next to each other and when electrically charged the water in the glasses form a 1cm long water flow between the glasses. This phenonma of electrical charged water is used in research by Wetsus for the development of a battery on pure water, without any chemicals.

Tinkerer as buzzword
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Wetsus Researcher Michel Saakes was mentioned as ‘chief tinkerer’ of the Wetsus research centre by director Cees Buisman. It became the buzzword during the whole event. The institute wants to stimulate its students not only to think out of the box, but actually start experimenting with innovations that are considered to be impossible. On the photo above Saakes is seen in his well-equipped laboratory working on a new model of a battery, using an ice-film between two redox solutions. The ice-film acts as a super low cost ideal membrane that cannot be made with current polymeric technology. Wetsus has filed a patent on this innovation.

The new reality
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Virtual reality is more and more linked to the world of start ups and innovative solutions. The use of VR-glasses has become very common on the exbition floor of WaterCampus events.

Higher production rates, lower energy use
dws-ewtw-look-back-06-wang-sing-singapore2-770pxProfessor Rong Wang of the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) explained the need for Singapore to produce more drinking water, using more membrane filtration and reversed osmose for desalination and treatment of wwtp-effluent. By 2060 the island state wants to triple its current capacity. Her university of especially involved in research of higher energy-efficient membranes and the scale of potential innovations.

Below 10 ppb in surface water
dws-ewtw-look-back-07-barley-korving-baas-naja-770pxLeon Korving (Wetsus, left) and Koos Baas (Green Water Solutions, middle) participated in the session to combat algae blooms. Both Korving and Baas represent two of the remaining 9 contenders in the George Barley Water Prize that challenges innovators to remove phosphorous from large quantities of surface water to below 10 part per billion. Melodie Naja (Everglades Foundation, right) explained that below 10 ppb harmful algae cannot survive. For dissolved phosphate the Wetsus pilot has already reached concentrations as low as 10-20 ppb. With the lessons from the previous pilots, Korving said to know now how to get to even lower levels. However, a cost-effective removal of phosphorus particles seems the big remaining challenge. Later this month the four winners of the 4th phase will be announced who will receive an 125.000 US dollar price to continue their pilot.

New Chinese standards for wwtp plants
dws-ewtw-look-back-xx-wang-china-770pxProfessor Kaijun Wang of the Tsinghua University (Beijing) and member of special advisory committee for the Chinese ministry of environment, gave insight in an ambitious plan by the Chinse government to modernise its municipal waste water treatment plants. Not only the quality of the effluent of its existing 5,000 wwtp plants must be improved, but the odour problems should be solved as well. A modern Chinese wwtp must fit nicely in its surroundings or has to be constructed underground.

A stunning room chat
dws-ewtw-look-back-08-hubs-dialogue2-770pxHighly unsual was the ‘room chat’ by the six representatives of the water tech hub from China, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Israel and the Netherlands. Invited by Dutch representative Hein Molenkamp (behind left) of Water Alliance, they discussed in public their ambitious to strengthen the ties between the hubs and create more impact with new innovative water technologies. One of the issues they discussed was for instance on how to create better facilities for top talents. Following this room talk the representatives proudly presented their declaration on the new initiative ‘The Global Water Hub Alliance’..

Compact, wifi-connected, in house water recycling Hydraloop unit
dws-ewtw-look-back-09-wis-stuiver-770pxSabine Stuiver (middle) of Hydraloop was announced as the winning pitch of the Water Innovation Stimulation (WIS) award 2018. The compact in-house Hydraloop unit to recycle domestic water has the impressive ability to save up to 85 percent on water and energy for a household. The jury especially praised the high market potential of Hydraloop as water scarcity is becoming a serious problem in many cities around the globe.

The next European Water Tech Week will take place in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, from 21-24 September 2020.

Read also on this website
EWTW2018: Six water tech hubs agree on global cooperation to accelerate market introduction of innovative technologies, 28 September 2018
● EWTW2018: Wafilin announces installation of Ducam membranes at Avebe plant, the Netherlands, 27 September 2018
● EWTW2018: Dyetec and Water Alliance sign MoU on advanced water technology, 25 September 2018
● EWTW2018: Six prominent water technology hubs gather at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 25 September 2018
● Expertise: Water technology

More information
European Water Tech Week 2018
www.watercampus.nl/news/european-water-tech-week-leeuwarden-2018

WaterCampus Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 284 90 44
www.watercampus.nl

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Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
The Ocean Cleanup selects Iridium as satellite communications provider https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33400-the-ocean-cleanup-selects-iridium-as-satellite-communications-provider.html dws-ocean-cleanup-iridium1-770pxThe Ocean Cleanup that aims to remove plastic from oceans, has selected Iridium Communications as its preferred satellite communications services provider.

Under the deal, Iridium will provide L-band satellite broadband services in collaboration with its service provider, AST Group.

dws-ocean-cleanup-iridium2-350px   Initial trials with a short version of the floating screen. In white are two communication stations on top of the system. On top photo the sail off of the 600m long version that is now tested.

On-board communication terminals
The Ocean Cleanups plastic collecting system comprises a 600m-long floating screen that includes a 3m-deep skirt.

Each of the floating screens of the system is equipped with two Iridium broadband terminals. Once the system is fully deployed with a fleet of 60 floating screens, there will be 120 Iridium broadband terminals on-board the system.

The Iridium broadband terminals will receive data from a set of sensors and data-gathering equipment hosted by each floating plastic collecting system deployed by The Ocean Cleanup.

The Ocean Cleanups headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will receive the data, including compartment flood detection, position and location information, pictures and others, in real-time.

The service is supported by a constellation of 66 interconnected low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites of Iridium.

Reliable data transfer
Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch said: ‘A reliable, predictable and redundant communication network, that can work despite adverse weather conditions is critically important to this system, and thats when the Iridium network really shines.’

When the oceans aren’t cooperating and several foot waves and powerful winds are causing havoc, the Iridium system will help The Ocean Cleanup to understands the operational status of the floating system.

Earlier this month, The Ocean Cleanup launched its first system at the San Francisco Bay, US, and is now conducting trials on the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

This news item was originally published on the website of Iridium.

(photos: The Ocean Cleanup)

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The Ocean Cleanup starts Pacific trials with U-shaped installation, 23 September 2018
The Ocean Cleanup: ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch, here we come’, 10 September 2018
The Ocean Cleanup: New designed floater withstands 5 m high ocean waves, 20 July 2018

More information
The Ocean Cleanup
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
www.theoceancleanup.com

 

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Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Van Oord and DEME awarded deepening Świnoujście – Szczecin fairway, Poland https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33377-van-oord-and-deme-awarded-deepening-swinoujscie-szczecin-fairway-poland.html dws-van-oord-fairway-poland-770pxVan Oord and Dredging International, a DEME Group subsidiary, have been awarded a major contract for the modernisation of the Świnoujście – Szczecin fairway in Poland. The contract covers the deepening and widening of the fairway along a section of approximately 62 km.

The investment by the Maritime Office in Szczecin will improve access to the Szczecin seaport and increase the port capacity to handle a growing volume of cargo.

dws-van-oord-fairway-poland-signing-350px  Signing ceremony

Design and build contract
The project is a design and build contract to deepen the fairway -10.5 to -12.5 m. The dredged materials will be used to build two artificial islands in the Szczecin lagoon.

The works further include enforcements of slopes and quay walls along the channel, relocation of cables and navigational aids.

The environmental sustainability and cooperation with all project stakeholders play an important role during execution.

EU cofinancing
Works will start at the end of 2018 and are expected to be completed in 42 months. The contract has a value of approximately 313 million euro and is co-financed by the European Union.

‘The combination of state of the art dredging equipment, the consortium’s vast international experience in design and build projects and most importantly our integrated team of experts enabled DEME and Van Oord to bring the most cost efficient solution,’ said Eric Tancré, Area Director Europe at DEME.

Modernisation of infrastructure
‘It is a challenging project and an opportunity to demonstrate Van Oord’s and DEME’s capabilities in offering integrated dredging solutions to our client’, said Govert van Oord, Area Director Europe at Van Oord.

‘Our project team is looking forward to working closely with our client and all stakeholders, in order to contribute to the further modernisation of the maritime infrastructure in Poland and at the same time enhancing the environment during execution’, Van Oord added.

This news item was originally published on the website of Van Oord.

(Photos: Van Oord)

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Dredging work in Anaklia Deep Sea Port marine works awarded to Van Oord, 8 July 2018
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Van Oord completes four years of work dredging new channel in Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan, 22 December 2017
Expertise: Enabling delta life
Country: Poland

More information
Van Oord
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 88 826 00 00
www.vanoord.com

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Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
EWTW2018: Six water tech hubs agree on global cooperation to accelerate market introduction of innovative technologies https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33332-ewtw2018-six-water-tech-hubs-agree-on-global-cooperation-to-accelerate-market-introduction-of-innovative-technologies.html dws-ewtw-hubs-declaration-770px
Six water tech hubs from China, South Korea, USA, the Netherlands, Israel and Singapore signed the 'Water Tech Hub Alliance' declaration in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands on 26 September.

Representatives of these hubs had gathered, on the invitation of Hein Molenkamp, managing director of Water Alliance, at the first European Water Tech Week organised by the Dutch water hub in Leeuwarden.

Allk six hubs agreed to commit to the global acceleration of innovative water treatment technologies as an open platform. The declaration specified six themes on which the hubs will intensify their cooperation.

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Special envoy for start-ups Dutch prince Constantijn pledged for more global connection between water tech hubs.

Strong global hubs
‘You can only be a strong hub if you are well connected to the rest of the world’, said Dutch prince Constantijn in a chat session with director Cees Buisman of research institute Wetsus.

Prince Constantijn is the Dutch envoy for start-ups and as such he welcomed the global initiative to strengthen the cooperation of the water tech hubs and become ‘more connected in an open platform’. 

Constantijn specially mentioned the importance of hubs for small businesses with innovative technologies. Small SME’s need to scale up if they want to make a real market impact with their new and advanced technologies. Hubs can help these SME's with that, the prince explained.

dws-ewtw-hubs-amhaus-signing-350px President Dean Amhaus signing the declaration on behalf of the Water Council Milwaukee.

On a national scale he noticed the difficulties of Intellectual Properties (IP) when SME’s seek cooperation to scale up and gain critical mass. He also identified the lack of access to finance as a typical bottle neck for SME’s.

On the global level it all comes down to finding talent, Constantijn said. ‘How do you find experts on issues as artificial intelligence and data analyses?'. That will be the main challenge for SME’s, he believed.

Closer cooperation
In their declaration, the six water tech hubs mention six focus areas to start strengthening their cooperation. They recognise the need to identify local and global water challenges and potential technical solutions. To be able to scout new technologies and judge their potential, there is a need to develop common criteria.

Furthermore the representatives agreed in Leeuwarden on sharing their educational programmes to support top talents.

The six representatives who signed the declaration were (f.l.t.r on top photo) Shaoxian Zhang of the Jiangsu cluster (China), Dean Amhaus of the Water Council, Milwaukee (USA), Hein Molenkamp of the WaterCampus (the Netherlands), Jinyoung Jung of the Korea Water Cluster (South Korea), Yossi Jaacoby of Mekorot-Watech (Israel) and Han Loong Fong of PUB (Singapore).

Read also on this website
EWTW2018: Wafilin announces installation of Ducam membranes at Avebe plant, the Netherlands, 27 September 2018
EWTW2018: Dyetec and Water Alliance sign MoU on advanced water technology, 25 September 2018
EWTW2018: Six prominent water technology hubs gather at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 25 September 2018
Expertise: Water technology

More information
European Water Tech Week 2018
www.watercampus.nl/ewtw2018

Water Campus Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 284 90 44
www.watercampus.nl

Interview with Dutch prince Constantijn at the European Water Tech Week on bottle-necks for SME’s to scale up to global markets.

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Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
EWTW2018: Wafilin Systems announces membrane installation for Avebe in Ducam project, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33316-ewtw2018-wafilin-systems-announces-membrane-installation-for-avebe-in-ducam-project-the-netherlands.html dws-ewtw-wafilin-dalfsen-koops-770pxWater technology supplier Wafilin will install the membrane filtration systems at the production plant of Avebe for the concentration of potato juice at the Avebe production plant in Ter Apelkanaal, the Netherlands.

Wafilin’s TCO Harry van Dalfsen (left on top photo) and Avebe’s director investment development Erik Koops (right), announced the development and construction of the sustainable DUCAM concentration system, at the European Water Tech Week in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands on 26 September.

Sustainability high on the agenda
The Ducam membranes enable Avebe to substantial reduce its energy consumption when concentrating the juices when processing potatoes. Additionally, the potato processing firm also saves on its water consumption as the water originating from the potato can be used as process water.

dws-ewtw-wafilin-schonewille-dalfsen-350px CEO Henk Schonewille and CTO Harry van Dalfsen at their Wafilin booth during the European water tech week.

Avebe welcomes the new membrane system as it scores high on sustainability, a topic that one of Avebe's priorities.

CEO Henk Schonewille at Wafilin Systems says: ‘We develop unique and efficient membrane filtration solutions for the world of tomorrow’.

By using membranes to thicken the potato juice, it turned out to be the perfect way to save energy and water, leading to a CO2 reduction of 13.000 tons per year.

Research pilot
The installation follows a research pilot, started in 2014, on the use of membrane technology for the thickening of potato juice.
A feasibility study on a full-scale installation resulted in a go-ahead for the DUCAM project.

The project is expected to be operational in the second half of 2019.

(top photo: Hoge Noorden, Jaap Schaaf)

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EWTW2018: Dyetec and Water Alliance sign MoU on advanced water technology, 25 September 2018
EWTW2018: Six prominent water technology hubs gather at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 25 September 2018
Wafilin and Westra developed special BioAir DS ultrafiltration version for high tech metal working machine, 4 December 2012
Expertise: Water technology

More information
European Water Tech Week 2018
www.watercampus.nl/ewtw2018

Wafilin Systems
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 288 35 05
www.wafilinsystems.nl

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Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
EWTW2018: Dyetec and Water Alliance sign MoU on advanced water technology https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33284-ewtw2018-dyetec-and-water-alliance-sign-mou-on-advanced-water-technology.html dws-ewtw-mou-dyetec-water-alliance-770pxWater Alliance and the South Korean organization Dyetec signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to exchange knowledge and develop business for advanced water technology.

The signing involved director Hein Molenkamp (left) of Water Alliance, Mayor Kwon (middle) of the city of Daegu and
director Jin-Hwan Choi (right) of Dyetec, and took place during the European Water Tech Week in the Netherlands on 25 September. The water event is attended by a large South Korean delegation of 31 members.

The European Water Tech Week takes place from 24 to 27 September in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

dws-ewtw-hubs-jung-molenkamp-350px Korean professor Jin-Young Jung (middle) of the Yeungnam University participating in the panel discussion on global water tech hubs.

Follow up of earlier agreements
The MOU follows earlier agreements. In 2016 a delegation from Daegu visited the Water Campus and during the Korean International Water Week in September 2017, mayor Kwon on behalf of Metropolitan City Daegu and Frysian deputy Kielstra signed an MoU on behalf of the Dutch Province of Fryslân.

The aim of these agreements is to formally confirm each other's serious intentions to get knowledge exchange and business development off the ground. That has already resulted in an action plan.

Remarkable collaboration
‘The South Koreans are very impressed by the Dutch collaboration between the government, knowledge institutes and companies at WaterCampus Leeuwarden’, says director Hein Molenkamp at Water Alliance on occasion of the signing.

According to Molenkamp this remarkable collaboration has been at the basis of the development of the European Water Tech Week signing ceremony in Leeuwarden.

dws-ewtw-mou-dyetec-alliance-mou-in-daegu-2017 MoU signing ceremony in Daegu, South Korea in September last year.

Regular visits
‘The Koreans have the ambition to also build up such a hub in their country for Asia’, Molenkamp adds. ‘As a result, we visit each other regularly, take part in each other's events and workshops, but we also try to connect knowledge institutions and companies from each other's regions. "

Like the Dutch, Koreans take business development very seriously, according to Molenkamp. ‘This is clearly illustrated by the fact that ten South Korean companies participate in the water week event in Leeuwarden.

During the WaterMatch-event, Korean companies have several one-on-one matchmaking meetings with Dutch water tech companies.

About Dyetec
Dyetec is a non-profit organisation originally established to enhance the development of environmental friendly dyeing and finishing technology. It is a joint venture, sponsored by the national government, the municipal government of Daegu City and the private sector (Daegu Dyeing Industrial Complex) to unroll Korean's ambition on developing advanced water treatment technology.

About Water Alliance
Water Alliance, based at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, is one of the leading global water tech clusters in the world, bringing together public and private companies, government agencies and knowledge institutes to help develop new businesses into the international water market.

Read also on this website
EWTW2018: Six prominent water technology hubs gather at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 25 September 2018
Province of Friesland signs MoU on water technology with Daegu city, South Korea, 26 September 2017
Expertise: Water technology
Country: South Korea

More information
European Water Tech Week 2018
www.watercampus.nl/ewtw2018

Water Alliance
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 284 90 44
www.wateralliance.nl

Dyetec
Daegu, South Korea
+82 053 350 3700
www.dyetec.or.kr/eng

 

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Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
EWTW2018: Six prominent water technology hubs gather at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33244-ewtw2018-six-prominent-water-technology-hubs-gather-at-watercampus-leeuwarden-the-netherlands.html dws-ewtw-hubs-molenkamp-770px
Six representatives from water technology hubs from China, Korea, Singapore, USA, Israel and the Netherlands, participated in the first edition of the European Water Tech Week in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

On the opening day of the water week, the representatives joined in a panel discussion sharing their experiences on clustering the efforts in their countries to innovate water technology in a structural way.

The European Water Tech Week takes place from 24 to 27 September.

dws-ewtw-hubs-joining-hands-350px  Four of the six representatives, f.l.t.r.: Dean Amhaus (USA), Hein Molenkamp (NL), Yossi Yaacoby (Israel) and Fong Han Loong (Singapore).

Very different types of water hubs
The discussion showed how differently the water hubs are organised, each with their own accents. The Chinese water hub is part of a large cluster of some 1,800 companies specialised in environmental technology, of which some 40 in water technology. The cluster helps the companies to overcome the hurdles they face on the market.

The Israeli hub, WaTech, is part of the national water utility Mekorot and is based on dedicated partnerships for the development of new water technologies.

This is more or less the same for the Singapore Water Exchange Platform that is organised around the national water utility PUB.

Whereas WaterCampus Leeuwarden, Korean Water Cluster and Water Council Wisconsin have an additional focus on fundamental research.

dws-ewtw-hubs-zhang-350px According to Shaoxian Zhang of the Jiangsu cluster only 20 percent of the issues raised by its 2,000 members comes to the stage of real research. 

Most difficult issues
Shaoxian Zhang, managing director at the Chinese Jiangsu cluster explained that many of the issues raised by the members can easily be solved. ‘Some 20 percent remains’, Zhang said, ‘and those we take to the next stage. We try to find solutions for the issues with expert companies and our international partners'.

Zhang emphasised the importance of building real size demonstration plants. ‘This enables water technology suppliers to test their new technologies at an industrial scale’.

Yossi Yaacoby, director of Mekorot’s WaTech Centre mentioned the disappointment innovators have after a successful pilot. ‘They complain that no one is buying their product. But a successful pilot is not enough’, Yaacoby said. ‘New products need hard work on marketing, but at the same time patience to wait for the right moment’.

dws-ewtw-hubs-amhaus-350px President Dean Amhaus of the US water tech hub mentioned the importance of getting talents on board.

Dynamic atmosphere
All six representatives mentioned the dynamic atmosphere they can create by working with students and small companies. Especially start-ups are very favoured by the hubs as they challenge the existing water technology market by introducing more agile solutions to water problems.

Host of the hubs, Hein Molenkamp, managing director of Water Alliance addressed the possibility for hubs to involve water in other sectors such as in the oil & gas, agriculture and energy sectors. ‘Half of the suppliers connected to the WaterCampus Leeuwarden sell their products outside the water sector. Cross sectoral issues are very important for us’.

Essentials of a hub
Closing the discussion, President and COE Dean Amhaus of the Water Council Wisconsin reffered to a report published by the Brooklyn Institute this summer on cluster initiatives. Amhaus mentioned the five essentials according to this report: create a good ecosystem for innovation, involve universities to attract talent, involve companies for the commercialization and involve investors outside the cluster that may benefit from cluster dynamics.

Read also on this website
Less than two weeks for world watertech hubs to meet in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 13 September 2018
Water Tech Fest: Let’s make disruptive water technology happen, 26 May 2016
Expertise: Water technology

More information
European water tech week 2018
www.watercampus.nl/ewtw2018

WaterCampus Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 284 90 44
www.watercampus.nl

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Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
The Ocean Cleanup starts Pacific trials with U-shaped installation https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33198-the-ocean-cleanup-starts-pacific-trials-with-u-shaped-installation.html dws-ocean-cleanup-pacific-trail-770pxpg
Some 350 nautical miles off the coast of San Francisco, the team of The Ocean Cleanup started its two weeks trial with its System 001 to collect plastic waste from the ocean.

The trials are a crucial step before System 001 will be moved approximately 800 nautical miles further to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The team of The Ocean Cleanup identified five main goals for the coming two weeks. If the goals are met, it will confirm that the system is up for the challenge.

dws-ocean-cleanup-pacific-trail-u-shape-350px  An overlay of the modelled shape onto a top-view image of the system after installation, September 15.

U-shape installation
During the trials the system was put in its intended U-shape for the first time. To do this, the four closing lines inside the system needed to be connected.

It took approximately two days to arrange the system in its operational configuration. With the aid of the Maersk Launcher and the Megamaid, the closing lines were connected from the inside.

Speed test and reorientation
Part of the trials will be the system’s speed to ensure that it does move faster than the plastic. This detail is essential for capturing plastic within the system.

Additionally, the system’s ability to reorient when wind/wave direction changes will be tested. For this, it will be towed in various directions against the wind (45, 90 and 180 degrees). When facing different directions, the system should reposition itself facing the plastic again.

The width of the system will fluctuate based on the conditions of the ocean, but it must stay in a desirable range in order for it to capture and retain plastic.

According to the team, the installation went very smoothly, and the system is behaving well so far.

This news item was originally published on the website of The Ocean Cleanup.

(Photos: The Ocean Cleanup)

Read also on this website
The Ocean Cleanup: ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch, here we come’, 10 September 2018
The Ocean Cleanup: New designed floater withstands 5 m high ocean waves, 20 July 2018
Ocean Cleanup successfully completes first tow test in Pacific Ocean. 6 June 2018

More information
The Ocean Cleanup
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
www.theoceancleanup.com

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Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
IWA World Congress 2018: Global water crises may affect Japan's food imports https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33180-iwa-world-congress-2018-global-water-crises-may-affect-japan-s-food-imports.html dws-iwa-japan-waterfootprint-ercin-770pxDisrupted rain patterns and increasing groundwater depletion in other countries, can seriously affect the import of food by Japan. And this can result in higher Japanese food prices.

This was the warning by Ertug Ercin, director of Dutch-based consultancy firm R2Water at the World Water Congress of the International Water Association in Tokyo, Japan on 17 September.

Ercin presented his findings on the Japanese water footprint at a press conference. Ercin is involved in the EU-project Improving Predictions and management of hydrological extremes (Imprex) together with Dutch consultancy firm FutureWater.

dws-iwa-japan-waterfootprint-global-map-350px-1 Japan imports 92 percent of its soybeans of which 80 percent is vulnerable to water scarcity. In red the highly vulnerable areas, in green the low vulnerable areas. (source: R2 Water 2018).

All connected
‘We are all connected and whatever we do, we are responsible for the water use at the other end of the world. What happens there in relation to the water use, will affect us. It will affect the food on our table’, Ercin said.

Research by Ercin on global water economics, shows that Japan is highly dependable on soybeans and maize products from USA, India, China and Brazil.

For its coffee and palm oil it depends on the imported from Malaysia and Indonesia.

Increasing meat and dairy consumption
This dependency will increase as diet in Japan shifts towards more meat and dairy consumption, particularly in urban areas. Japan will gradually import more of these products, but will also expand its own meat and dairy sectors.

Ercin found that around 80 percent of global soybean supply is highly vulnerable to water scarcity in producing regions.

Therefore, he warned, water scarcity and drought can affect the food production and result in severe fluctuations in the price of meat and dairy products in Japan.

This news item is based on a press release published on the websites of Future Water and Imprex.

Read also on this website
IWA World Congress 2018: Bronze award for energy recovery project by Waternet Amsterdam, 18 September 2018
New launched version of Water Footprint Assessment Tool provides easier access to data on global water use, 25 July 2014

More information
R2 Water
Wageningen, the Netherlands
ercin@r2water.nl
+31 6 173 66 472

Future Water
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 317 460 050
www.futurewater.eu

Water Footprint Network
Enschede, the Netherlands
+31 53 489 4320
www.waterfootprint.org/en

Imprex
www.imprex.eu

Ertug Ercin explains how water scarcity in China, Argentina and USA can affect Japan´s cuisine.

 

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
IWA World Congress 2018: Watershare community gathers to learn from best knowledge https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33167-iwa-world-congress-2018-watershare-community-gathers-to-learn-from-best-knowledge.html dws-iwa-japan-watershare-booth3-770px‘Great discussions among Watershare members. Following suggestions provided by the members beforehand, there will be new activities and reference projects pursued', announced KWR’s new director Dragan Savic from the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.

On the occasion of the world congress, the Watershare community welcomed its two new members: AySA from Argentina and DIAM from Oman.

Watershare is a network of knowledge institutes all over the world on the design and management of water supply infrastructures. The network was set up by KWR Watercycle Research Institute in 2012.

dws-iwa-japan-watershare-savic-meeting-350pxjpg  KWR-director Dragan Savic (right) attends one of the vivid breakfast sessions of the Watershare community.

Shaping the water future
‘Although I’ve been to a number of IWA World Water Congresses and Exhibitions in the past, this year’s event is my first one as the CEO of KWR’, reports Savic in his blog from Tokyo.

‘This brings a new form of excitement on shaping our water future – an incredible number of meetings and talks’.

One of his meetings was at the Watershare booth with IWA president Diana d’Arras (second left on top photo), IWA executive director professor Kala Vairavamoorthy (left) and host of the congress, professor Hiroaki Furumai (third left) of the University of Tokyo.

New areas of collaboration
During one of the many vivid member meetings, three new areas for future collaboration have been explored: emerging substances, future-proof water infrastructures and resilient urban water systems.

These initiatives build on previous Watershare meetings by the members from Oman, Argentina, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Greece, UK, the Netherlands.

dws-iwa-japan-watershare-al-busaidi-350px Said Al-Busaidi of the Oman water authority Diam sharing his experience on water scarcity.

Dealing with many similar topics
Representatives of water supply company AySA from Buenos Aires and the water authority Diam from Oman, shared their experience and told about their best practices.

Said Al-Busaidi of Diam gave an overview of the water supply in Oman. He mentioned that his company is searching – in part through Watershare – for more sustainable solutions, such as the temporary storage of water surpluses in the subsurface.

Al-Busaidi praised the collaboration within Watershare. ‘Especially the networking between different organisations, and the collaboration and knowledge exchange’, he said.

‘We see that many of the same issues are being faced everywhere because we are dealing with water, which is crucial for everyone’,

Read the full blog by KWR-director Dragan Savic on the website of KWR.

(photo source: Twitter)

Read also on this website
IWA World Congress 2018: Bronze award for energy recovery project by Waternet Amsterdam, 18 September 2018
Oman’s water authority Diam becomes member of global Watershare knowledge platform, 13 February 2018
Singapore International Water Week 2016: Watershare launched Community of practice on emerging substances, 12 July 2016
IWA World Congress 2014: Signing ceremony for CTM Centre Tecnològic to join Watershare platform, 22 September 2014

More information
Watershare
Nieuwegein, the Netherlands
+31 30 606 9582
www.watershare.eu

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Rainmaker ships water-to-water purification unit to Jamaica https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33155-rainmaker-ships-water-to-water-purification-unit-to-jamaica.html dws-rainmaker-jamaica-friction-wheel-drive-770pxRainmaker Worldwide reports that it shipped its initial water-to-water purification unit, valued at 100.000 US dollar, to its distributor Drops Jamaica.

As Rainmaker’s exclusive distributor in the Caribbean region, Drops Jamaica has developed strategic partnerships with large companies in the region, such as telecommunication engineering company Konnexx Services.

By establishing an operational hub on Jamaica, Rainmaker can demonstrate both its air-to-water and water-to-water technology to deliver clean water on the island that suffers from severe drought.

dws-rainmaker-jamaica-simulation-unit-350px Rainmaker's turbine simulation unit to replicate climatic conditions from anywhere in the world.

Decentralized and cost-effective
Michael O’Connor, President and CEO of Rainmaker Worldwide said: ‘We believe our decentralized and cost-effective technologies are ideally suited to these acute situations of water need.’

‘We look forward to collaborating closely with our local team to develop a long-term strategy for the region’, O’Connor added.

Tim Bird, CEO of Drops Jamaica said: ‘We are very excited to be deploying Rainmaker’s water purification and production systems in Jamaica and establishing a regional hub to serve the Caribbean countries who are experiencing water shortage issues.‘

Bird expects that machines in the field will facilitate further deployments on a larger scale.

dws-rainmaker-jamaica-soesterberg-350px In the Netherlands, Rainmaker is involved in a project to use its water-to-water technology in a container, combined with a generator. Without any connection to a grid, the container can both supply energy and water.

Membrane distillation
Rainmaker Water-to-Water units can turn up to 150,000 liters per day of polluted or brackish water into drinking water.

For this production it uses a membrane distillation process. A heat pump evaporates the water under low pressure and the vapour passes through a selective and hydrophobic membrane.

The unit can be powered by wind, solar, grid or generator, allowing to produce the water on the point of use, avoiding transportation.

Rainmaker’s technology originally derives from its air-to-water unit that produces water from the condensation of air. A special designed friction wheel drive (on top illustration) allows the optimum use of wind energy at different wind speeds and wind directions.

About Rainmaker Worldwide Inc.
Rainmaker Worldwide Inc. (OTC:RAKR) is headquartered in Peterborough, Canada, with an innovation and manufacturing center in Rotterdam,The Netherlands.

Rainmaker aims to become a global leader in solving the worldwide water crisis by creating safe, drinking water where little or none exists.

This news item was originally published on the website Rainmaker Worldwide.

Read also on this website
Dutch Rainmaker's pilot installation succesfully generates water out of air in Umm Al Himam, Kuwait, 20 September 2013
First full scale wind turbine RainMaker makes drinking water from air, 31 August 2011
Expertise: Water technology

More information
Rainmaker Research & Development
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 808 44 19
www.rainmakerww.com

Video presentation of Rainmaker’s water-to-water technology for the onsite production of drinking water using a local energy source, such as wind, solar or a generator.

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
IWA World Congress 2018: Bronze award for energy recovery project by Waternet Amsterdam https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33148-iwa-world-congress-2018-bronze-award-for-energy-recovery-project-by-waternet-amsterdam.html dws-iwa-japan-all-winners2-770px-1The project by Amsterdam water utility Waternet to make thermal energy available from their drinking water network, has been awarded a Bronze award at the World Water Congress & Exhibition of the International Water Association (IWA) in Tokyo, Japan.

The award, in the category 'Performance Improvement and Operational Solutions’ was handed out to Peter van der Hoek, head of the Strategic Centre of Waternet, on 17 September.

The overall IWA Grand Innovation Award went to the team of the Cranfield University for the development of the nano membrane toilet that uses no external water or energy.

dws-iwa-japan-award-hoek-350px  Award winners in the category improved performances with Peter van der Hoek (right) of Waternet. source: IWA

Cold and heat recovery
In Amsterdam, drinking water is produced from surface water, resulting in high drinking water temperatures in summer and low drinking water temperatures in winter.

This makes it possible to apply both cold and heat recovery.

Waternet started a joint project with blood bank Sanquin that needs lots of cooling for its process to make plasma from blood.

In the winter the cold energy from the nearby drinking water pipeline can be used directly or it can be stored in winter time in an underground Aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) to be used in the summer to cool Sanquin’s pharmaceutical processes.

dws-iwa-japan-winner-sanquin-350px Lifting of the underground heat exchange unit for the awarded Waternet-Sanquin project in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Other winners
The Gold Award in this category for performance improvements went to Anglian Water for their Shop Window initative to create a real environment in and around the town Newmarket to push the company’s business goals around energy, carbon, chemicals and catchment management.

The overall winner of the IWA Grand Innovation Award was the Cranfield University for its work on the Nano Membrane Toilet.

This toilet has been developed as part of the 'Rethinking the toilet' programme by the Bill Gates Foundation.

It is designed for single-household use (equivalent to 10 people) and accepts urine and faeces as a mixture. The flush uses a unique rotating mechanism without using any water whilst simultaneously blocking odour and the user’s view of the waste.

Loosely bound water (mostly from urine) is separated using low glass transition temperature hollow-fibre membranes.

See list of all 18 winners on the website of IWA Network.

Read also on this website
IWA Brisbane 2016: Arcadis and KWR agree on development new groundwater resource concepts, 13 October 2016
IWA Lisbon 2014: Practitioners address resource recovery at world water congress, 16 September 2014
PWN Technologies wins IWA Project Innovation Award 2012 with ceramic membranes and ion exchange, 19 April 2012
Expertise: Water technology

More information
IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018
www.worldwatercongress.org

Waternet
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 88 939 40 00
www.waternet.nl

Video presentation of the energy recovery from drinking water by Amsterdam water utility Waternet.

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Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Dutch start-up wins half a million euros for air bubble curtain to combat plastic soup https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33140-dutch-start-up-wins-half-a-million-euros-for-air-bubble-curtain-to-combat-plastic-soup.html dws-winner-anne-marieke-cheque-awardThe Amsterdam-based start-up The Great Bubble Barrier is the winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018.

During the final, 29-year-old Anne Marieke Eveleens convinced the international jury that her ‘Bubble Barrier’, a special designed air bubble screen that pushes plastic waste to the water surface where it can be skimmed off, was the winner.

As the winner, Eveleens (on top photo) received a cheque of 500,000 euro to further develop her green innovation.
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dws-postcode-award-ceremony-350pxBoost for further development
In a first reaction Eveleens showed surprised and mentioned the importance of the prize for the further development of the screen.

´We were tipped off about the competition really at the last minute. The fact that I am standing here now as a winner is beyond my wildest dreams!´, the winner said.

´The prize money will help us to attract new talent,´Eveleens added, ´but also to develop our own plastic capture system. In addition, we can now put in a Bubble Barrier in the Netherlands. Fantastic!´

dws-postcode-bubble-barrier-test-deltares-350px   The concept was initially tested in a flume at Deltares (see photo) and has also been piloted in the mouth of the IJssel river.

Prevention of plastic soup in oceans
The Great Bubble Barrier has developed an air bubble screen for use on riverbeds that catches plastic before it arrives at sea. Approximately 80 percent of the plastic floating in the oceans enters the sea via rivers.

In order to tackle plastic soup, The Great Bubble Barrier sends high-pressure air through a perforated tube on the riverbed. This creates an air bubble curtain that blocks both the stream of plastic waste on the surface and the floating microparticles underwater.

The plastic then floats to the waterfront along the air bubble curtain, where it is collected for recycling.


Other prize winners
Ann Runnel (36) of Reverse Resources from Estonia has been awarded the runner-up prize of 200,000 euro. Reverse Resources is a software platform for the clothing industry’s recycling process. Using the platform, clothing manufacturers can directly align their supply of waste textiles with textile recyclers.

The 100,000 euro prizes were awarded to the Dutch start-up AquaBattery, the British start-up LettUs Grow and the American start-up Algiknit.

About the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
With the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, the Dutch Postcode Lottery wants to ensure that groundbreaking sustainable solutions are developed and brought to market. These entrepreneurs receive that bit of extra support to achieve this on condition that the products and services reduce CO2 emissions and score highly in terms of design, user-friendliness and quality.

The plan must be achievable within two years.

This news item was originally published on the website of Postcode Lottery.

Top photo credits: Roy Beusker

Read also on this website
Great Bubble Barrier and AquaBattery are finalists in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, 22 August 2018
Great Bubble Barrier ready for the real job: collecting plastic from world’s largest rivers, 6 February 2018
Great bubble barrier team wins Plastic free rivers makathon, the Netherlands, 4 July 2016

More information
Postcode Lottery/Green Challenge
www.greenchallenge.info

The Great Bubble Barrier
Haarlem, the Netherlands
www.thegreatbubblebarrier.com/en

The winner moment of Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018.
https://youtu.be/XvMpjiS6aP0

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Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Less than two weeks for world watertech hubs to meet in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33134-less-than-two-weeks-for-world-watertech-hubs-to-meet-in-leeuwarden-the-netherlands.html dws-ewtw-molenkamp-walker2-770px-1 WaterCampus Leeuwarden is making the final preparations for its first ever European Water Technology Week, taking place on 24 – 27 September 2018.

Given the fact that the city of Leeuwarden has been honoured with the title Cultural Capital of Europe 2018, the usual events that take place at the WaterCampus have been clustered in one big promising global water technology event.

dws-ewtw-exhibition2-350px  On the exhibition floor the latest innovations by the Wetsus research institute will be shown.

Connecting the hubs
The WaterCampus Leeuwarden is one of the leading hubs on innovative water technology in the world and during the week it seeks to connect all other hubs in the world.

Presentations by representatives from water hubs from Israel, South Korea, Singapore, China and USA, will form the building blocks of the congress programme.

Multidisciplinary cooperation
As water issues get more complex, it has become essential to address these issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The event promises lively debates on the question how multidisciplinary cooperation can help to solve societal challenges around water.

The programme covers issues like water scarcity, water pollution and water & health, but also the water sector’s contribution to the circular economy.

Keynote speakers from all over the world will present their views from a business, scientific and political perspective.

Companies, universities and governments have to work together to spur innovation in the water technology sector. This need for cooperation has been at the hearth of the WaterCampus Leeuwarden since it started in 2005.

dws-ewtw-digital-350pxChallenge, matchmaking and demo sites
Furthermore, the programme includes the WIS-award challenge with 10 nominated candidates to pitch their innovative technology on the main stage and battle for first place and a prize of 10.000 Euro of marketing and promotion support.

On 25 and 26 September a match making event called WaterMatch will take place. Participants can expect pre-selected 20 minute talks to investigate mutual interests and discuss potential collaboration.

The week closes with four fieldtrips on the issues of resource recovery, water & agrofood, water & energy and water & health.

The tours include visits to the various demo sites, situated around the city of Leeuwarden. The sites are part of the WaterCampus, facilitating researchers and companies to test their new technologies in a real life environment. The sites offer plug-in-and-play facilities.

The programme includes:
● Monday 24 September: plenary opening, WIS award pitches, sessions on global water tech hubs
● Tuesday 25 September: parallel sessions on water tech
● Wednesday 26 September: parallel sessions and final plenary on global water tech hubs
● Thursday 27 September: four thematic field trips on resource recovery, agrofood, energy and health.

Read also on this website
International audit qualifies Wetsus as world class water technology institute, 10 October 2017
Wetsus passes mark of 100 companies participating in water technology research, 29 September 2015
Water Tech Fest: Let’s make disruptive water technology happen, 26 May 2016
WaterCampus Leeuwarden expands global network by participation in UN cities programme, 19 December 2014
Expertise: Water technology

More information
European Water Tech Week
www.watercampus.nl/ewtw2018

WaterCampus Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 284 90 44
www.watercampus.nl

Video invitation to meet at the European Water Tech Week in Leeuwarden from 24 – 27 September

 

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Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Opening of world's first modular PlasticRoad bike path in Zwolle, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33109-opening-of-world-s-first-modular-plasticroad-bike-path-in-zwolle-the-netherlands.html dws-plastic-road-cycle-path-jorritsma-koudstaal-770pxThe municipality of Zwolle opened a 30 meter long bike path constructed with prefab PlasticRoad elements partially made from recycled plastic. The elements are hollow and provide space for cable and pipes, including sewage pipes and rainwater drainage systems.

The first use of the PlasticRoad elements was officially marked on 11 September with its inventors Anne Koudstaal (right on top photo) and Simon Jorritsma (left) cycling over the bike path.

dws-plastic-road-bike-path-350px  A hollow PlasticRoad element to accommodate all kinds of cables and pipes and, in case of extreme heavy rain fall, it can be used for storm water retention.

Building roads made from plastic waste
The modular concept was presented three years ago by road construction company KWS-VolkerWessels. Wavin and Total joined forces with KWS in 2016 to develop the concept into a product.

Inventors Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma: ‘This first pilot is a big step towards a sustainable and future-proof road made of recycled plastic waste. When we invented the concept, we didn’t know how to build a PlasticRoad, now we know.’

The elements used for the pilot in Zwolle have been made with a significant amount of recycled plastic. The end goal is to use 100 percent recycled plastic.

Performance monitoring
The pilot location is equipped with sensors to monitor the road’s performance – including temperature, the number of bike passages and the durability of the construction. With these sensors, this PlasticRoad is the first smart bike path in the world.

dws-plastic-road-bike-path-flags-350pxThe prefabricated production, the light weight and the modular design of the PlasticRoad make construction and maintenance faster, simpler and more efficient compared to traditional road structures.

The developers expect the construction to last three times longer than conventional paving.

Second pilot
In November, a second pilot bike path will be installed with additional features of the PlasticRoad.

With this second project, the results of both pilots will generate enough insights to apply and refine the PlasticRoad.

In the meantime, the PlasticRoad partners are looking for new locations to launch subsequent pilots – to test other applications of the PlasticRoad, such as parking lots, train platforms and sidewalks.

This news item is based on a press release of PlasticRoads.

(photos: KWS / PlasticRoad)

Read also on this website
PlasticRoad selected as finalist for INDEX Award 2017, 20 June 2017
Expertise: Resilient cities

More information
PlasticRoad
www.plasticroad.eu

KWS-VolkerWessels
Vianen, the Netherlands
+31 347 35 73 00
www.volkerwessels.com

Wavin Group
Zwolle, the Netherlands
+31 38 429 4911
www.wavin.com

Video explaning the modular PlasticRoad concept.

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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Ban Ki-Moon, Gates and Georgieva to lead Global Center on Adaptation https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33098-ban-ki-moon-gates-and-georgieva-to-lead-global-center-on-adaptation.html anp-60668652-770pxThe Global Center on Adaptation will be overseen by Ban Ki-Moon (former Secretary-General of the United Nations), Bill Gates (co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), and Kristalina Georgieva (CEO of World Bank).

The names of three board members of the expert center on climate adaptation were announced by Dutch minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water management, when initiating the construction of the centre’s floating building in the harbour of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The Global Center is to catalyse a global adaptation movement and accelerating action.

dws-gca-ban-ki-moon-singapore-close-up-350px  Ban Ki-Moon addressed the global water community at the Singapore International Water Week in July, urging for innovation to achieve SDG#6 on water by 2030. (photo: SIWW)

Accelerate transformation
Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who will serve as Chairman of the Board of the Global Center, said that ‘the role of Global Center on Adaptation will be significant because we need all societies to learn from one another.’

He noted that “under the exemplary and bold leadership of Patrick Verkooijen, the Global Center will help accelerate adaptation transformation at scale and at speed.'

Solution broker
Patrick Verkooijen, who has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Global Center, said that as part of its next chapter, the center will work to support the recommendations of the Commission while pursuing pragmatic steps that can help address policies, investments, financing, and governance needed for increased adaptation action globally.

‘We will act as a solutions broker,’ Verkooijen said, ‘bringing together governments, the private sector, civil society, intergovernmental bodies, and knowledge institutions to address the obstacles slowing down adaptation action.’

Scaling up adaptation
The Global Center initially will work to address five challenges slowing down the implementation of scaled up, effective adaptation action. These challenges focus on:
● scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation 
● integrating climate adaptation into financial decision-making 
● measuring effective adaptation
● creating climate resilient cities 
● leveraging deltas to address climate change

This news item was originally published on the website of Global Center on Adaptation.

(on top photo: Alderman of Rotterdam Arno Bonte (right), Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (middle) and CEO Patrick Verkooijen of Global Center on Adapation - source: ANP)

Read also on this website
GCECA underlines call for better financial data from companies on climate risk, 18 April 2018
COP23: Launch of GCECA centre to speed up worldwide climate adaptation, 15 November 2017
Global climate adaptation centre gets a floating office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 22 September 2017

More information
Global Center on Adaptation
Rotterdam/Groningen, the Netherlands
www.gca.org

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Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
The Ocean Cleanup: ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch, here we come’ https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33074-the-ocean-cleanup-great-pacific-garbage-patch-here-we-come.html dws-ocean-cleanup-golden-gate-770px-1The first ocean cleanup 'System 001' set sail from San Francisco on 8 September escorted by a Coast Guard vessel, a shipload of camera crews from around the world and a flotilla of curious Saturday boaters.

A tug ship took the 600 m long floating U-shaped barrier with its 3 metre skirt attached below, and fitted with solar power lights, cameras, sensors and satellite antennas, out of the harbour into the Pacific Ocean.

A dream come true for 24-year old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat (below left on top photo) who started his plan six years ago for a system to tackle the massive patches of plastic debris floating in the world’s oceans.

dws-ocean-cleanup-tug-barrier-350px Ocean's Cleanup high-tech barrier, passing under the Golden Gaste bridge, on its way to the Pacific Ocean for its first deployment. 

The cleanup system is heading to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 nautical miles offshore, to start the cleanup.

World’s largest plastic soup
The system will be deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation zone of ocean plastics. Situated halfway between Hawaii and California, the patch contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, and covers an area twice the size of Texas.

The barrier is designed to be propelled by wind and waves, allowing it to passively catch and concentrate plastic debris in front of it.

Due to its shape, the debris will be funnelled to the center of the system. Moving slightly faster than the plastic, the system will act like a giant Pac-Man, skimming the surface of the ocean.

dws-ocean-cleanup-press-conference-350px Boyan Slat tells the world press how his dream came true.

Recovery and recycling of plastic
The Ocean Cleanup team anticipates that the first plastic will be collected and returned to land within 6 months after deployment. This will mark the first time that free floating plastic will have been successfully collected at sea.

After returning the plastic to land, The Ocean Cleanup plans to recycle the material into products and use the proceeds to help fund the cleanup operations.

More deployments planned
While the main objective of System 001 is to prove the technology and start the cleanup, a secondary goal is to collect performance data to improve the design for future deployments.

Hence, the system is equipped with solar-powered and satellite-connected sensors, cameras and navigation lights to communicate the position of System 001 to passing marine traffic, and enable extensive monitoring of the system and the environment.

dws-ocean-cleanup-barrier-engineers-350pxTremendous support
Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, stated: ‘I am incredibly grateful for the tremendous amount of support we have received over the past few years from people around the world, that has allowed us to develop, test, and launch a system with the potential to begin to mitigate this ecological disaster.’

Slat added: ‘This makes me confident that, if we manage to make the technology work, the cleanup will happen.’

Once successful, and if the funding is available, The Ocean Cleanup aims to scale up to a fleet of approximately 60 systems focused on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over the next two years.

This news item was originally published on the website of The Ocean Clean Up.

(Photos: The Ocean Cleanup/Pierre Augier)

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Ocean Cleanup successfully completes first tow test in Pacific Ocean, 6 June 2018
Ocean Cleanup’s fully re-engineered plastic recovery prototype nears completion, 21 February 2018

More information
The Ocean Cleanup
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
www.theoceancleanup.com

The Ocean Cleanup technology, explained

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Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Stockholm World Water Week 2018: A look back on an inspiring event to get SDG6 on track https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32986-stockholm-world-water-week-2018-a-look-back-on-an-inspiring-event-to-get-sdg6-on-track.html dws-swww2018-photo0-nl-booth2-770px-1‘Water scarcity has become the new normal’, said Torgny Holmgren of the hosting organisation SIWI at the start of the Stockholm World Water Week. He referred to recent water crises in many large cities such as Cape Town but also to the hot and dry summer in most parts of Europe, including Sweden.

dws-swww2018-closing-session-350px People attending the closing session had two words on their minds - integration and collaboration - when asked about their main take-away from the Stockholm World Water Week. (photo: SIWI)

Glass half full
Holmgren closed the water week optimistically. ‘We have a lot of work to do but after this week I feel the glass is half full, not half empty’, he said.

Holmgren’s remark gave voice to the growing awareness within the global water community gathered in Stockholm that there is no way denying the fact that water will be become more scarce due to climate change, population growth, increasing economic wealth and urbanization.

The protection of fresh water sources and the allocation of the water to the many users, were key issues at the 250 plus sessions.

The Stockholm World Water Week took place from 26 to 31 August and was attended by 3,300 experts from 130 different countries.

dws-swww2018-closing-session-uhlenbrook-350px At the closing session Stefan Uhlenbrook, coordinator of the UN SDG6 Synthesis report, told that at the current pace only 1 out of 5 countries will achieve SDG6 by 2030 for drinking water, and only 1 out of 10 for sanitation. (photo: SIWI)

Off track
In June the United Nations published a report about the progress of SDG6 on water. The report concludes that the current pace of progress is insufficient to reach the global water goals by 2030. The report indicated that still 800 million people lack access to basic drinking water and 2.3 billion people lack access to safe drinking water.

The global water community showed the ambition to speed up the progress but also recognized the complexity and local specifics of water issues.

Scaling up
One of the ways to speed up is to forge partnerships, as was urged by Vice General Secretary of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed in her opening key note.

The Dutch delegation presented several international partnerships that are specially intended to scale up the effort by the water sector to reach the goals of SDG6 on water by 2030.

Good examples of partnerships
Examples were the special session by the Water, Peace and Security partnership that focusses on the prevention of conflicts caused by water scarcity.

On the issue of blending private and public finance the Kenya Innovative Finance Facility for Water (KIFFWA) was mentioned to help water projects in Kenya to come to a financial close.

The Finish partnership drew attention by signing a MoU with Water.org that joins in the worldwide roll out of the Finish concept. The concept supports finance facilities for the whole sanitation supply chain in developing countries, from household to the distributors of compost that is made from faeces.

A new Dutch programme, the Blue Deal aims to help 20 million people in 40 catchment areas around the world to gain access to clean, sufficient and safe water. On several occasions during the water week, the programme was presented. Its goal is to establish long-term partnerships with peer-to-peer learning to strengthen the local water management.

Below a selection of photos, giving an impression of the event and Dutch related contributions. 

(Top photo: Nils Petter Nilsson)

Two modest award winners
dws-swww2018-photo1-rittmann-loosdrecht2-770px-1Winners of this year's Stockholm Water Prize, professors Bruce Rittmann (left) and Mark van Loosdrecht (right) react very modest on the appraisal by the jury they had ‘revolutionized the treatment of waste water’. The microbes do all the work, we only try to understand how they do it’, say the two famous environmental bioengineers. (photo: SIWI)

'Mistreatment of water to become a taboo'
dws-swww2018-photo-02-ovink-valuing2Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink takes the lead in a session on valuing water. Last year the principles of valuing water were launched at the Stockholm World Water Week. This year Ovink showed that there is more to the prizing of water than just cost recovery. The real price of water also includes social, cultural and environmental values. ‘By 2030 the mistreatment of water and destruction of its value has become a taboo’, Ovink predicts.

Swedish citizens monitor water quality
dws-swww2018-photo-02-bjelkeman-akvoSwedish co-founder of Akvo, Thomas Bjelkeman, explains how Swedish citizens are involved in meassuring the quality of Swedish surface water. The Swedish water authorities lack the money to monitor all lakes, so Akvo provides citizens with simple monotoring equipment and collects the data in a central database. The presentation is part of a session organized by the EU citizen observatory programme Ground Truth 2.0, led by IHE Delft, on community-based environmental monitoring that brings together authorities, researchers and citizens and co-create new knowledge.

Junior Water Prize: a battery of water and salt
dws-swww2018-photo-04-du-toy-van-hees-junior-prizeHigh school student Centaine Du Toy van Hees shows the Blue battery as this year´s Dutch entry for the Junior Water Prize. Du Toy van Hees has been involved in the development of a new membrane for the battery that can store energy just on water and salt. The winners of the prize were Caleb Liow Jia Le and Johnny Xiao Hong Yu from Singapore who developed a way to produce reduced grapheme oxide, which can purify water. They are sitting in the back of the picture (with red jackets).

One minute pitches by young entrepreneurs
dws-swww2018-photo-x05maldonado-ywn-pitchMexican entrepeneur, César Maldonado is one of the two winners of the one-minute sales pitch competition, organized by the Water Youth Network in the Netherlands Pavilion. He gets a high score from the jury. The jury had a hard time to figure out the relevance of the presented ideas. Maldonado’s idea is a septic tank using a vermifiltration so the sewage water losses its bad smell.

Ambassadors of Blue Deal partnerships
dws-swww2018-photo-06-pieper-blue-dealVice Chairman Hein Pieper of Dutch Water Authorities shows the new brochure on the Blue Deal programme to Marijn Korndewal (left) and Kidist Ketema Bekele (right). Dutch Korndewal and Ethiopian Bekele work peer-to-peer for the Awash River Basin Authority. As part of the Blue Deal programme all three are involved in the preparation of a long-term partnership to strengthen the water management in this river basin. Blue Deal’s first partnerships will officially be announced in March 2019.

Success story of irrigation pump
dws-swww2018-photo-07-thapa-aqystaAt the opening session, young entrepreneur Pratap Thapa (second right) tells about the hydro-powered irrigation pump he invented as a student at the Wageningen University. He started the company aQysta that is now based in Nepal. With 150 units sold world wide, the start-up is a success story. Thapa takes the opportunity to warn donors in the global water sector to be careful with free aid as it can easily undermine a local market for small entrepreneurs.

Holding governments accountable
dws-swww2018-photo-08-uytenwl-fonseca-malima-accountableWilhemina Malima (right) of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) welcomes the release of the report Global Review of National Accountability Mechanisms for SDG6. The first global review, involving 25 countries, was presented by Erma Uytewaal (left) and Catarina Fonseca (middle) of IRC Wash at the Netherlands Pavilion. The report reviews on the collection of independent data to see whether governments are on track to achieve SDG6. ‘The report has already opened people's eyes in Tanzania and initiated the conversation on the issue of accountability’, assured Malima.

Leaving no one behind
dws-swww2018-photo-09-inclusive-male-vreede-remmers-inclusive-770pxThe main theme of this year’s water week was nature based solutions but some events preluded already on next year’s theme: Leaving no one behind. At the Netherlands Pavilion Simavi programme director Esther de Vreede (middle) and Jeroom Remmers (right) hand over the report Social inclusive WASH programming to senior water officer Pim van der Male (left) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Van der Male assured that access to water service for minority groups and vulnerable people is already high on the agenda of the Netherlands foreign water policy but welcomed the findings to bring the discussion forward.

The next Stockholm World Water Week will be held in the Tele2 Arena from 25-30 August 2019.

Read also on this website
SWWW 2018: Blue deal seeks wisdom on water management from both sides, 6 September 2018
● SWWW 2018: Latest generation water-related apps for small farmers shown at African Spatial Delight, 4 September 2018
● SWWW 2018: Leave no one behind in WASH programmes demands a new mind-set, 3 September 2018
● SWWW 2018: Potential of blending finance remains untapped for water infrastructure in developing countries, 31 August 2018
● SWWW 2018: Water.org joins Finish Mondial to team up for affordable toilets worldwide, 31 August 2018
● SWWW 2018: Delft biotech pioneer Mark van Loosdrecht receives Stockholm Water Prize, 30 August 2018
● SWWW 2018: Open data on water availability can prevent that water scarcity leads to conflicts, 29 August 2018
● SWWW 2018: ‘Forge strong partnerships to scale up action’, 28 August 2018
● Meet the Dutch water delegation in the Netherlands pavilion at Stockholm World Water Week (booth 1 )

More information
Stockholm World Water Week
www.worldwaterweek.org

Netherlands Water Partnership
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 3700
www.nwp.nl

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SWWW 2018: Blue deal seeks wisdom on water management from both sides https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32944-swww-2018-blue-deal-seeks-wisdom-on-water-management-from-both-sides.html dws-swww2018-blue-deal-sofa2-770px‘Every community has a drive to solve its water problems. They have their own knowledge and expertise on water management. We want to build on this expertise in partnerships, supporting these communities to improve the management of their water resources´, said vice chairman Hein Pieper of the Dutch regional water authorities at the Stockholm World Water Week.

Together with Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink and Kidist Ketema Bekele of the Ethiopian Awash Basin Authority (AwBA), Hein Pieper gave an update of the Blue Deal programme at a TV broadcast edition of SIWI Sofa on 28 August.

dws-swww2018-blue-deal-pieper-350px  Ambassador of the Blue Deal programme Hein Pieper expects the announcement of the first partnerships on next World Water Day in March 2019.

The Blue Deal programme is jointly set up by all 21 regional water authorities of the Netherlands and two ministries to improve the access to clean and sufficient water for 20 million people in 40 catchment areas.

Pieper expected to be able to announce the first local partnership by March next year.

Long term commitment
Pieper explained that the regional water authorities are already conducting many water projects in developing countries and are now revising them under one programme, with the aim to turn the projects into partnerships for at least twelve years.

‘We want to build real partnerships. We know in the Netherlands that you are never finished with water management and we can use wisdom from all over the world to solve our future water problems’, he said.

dws-swww2018-blue-deal-bekele-350px Kidist Ketema Bekele is already combining Ethiopian and Dutch knowledge on water management in the Awash river basin.

Peer-to-peer learning
‘Our government in Ethiopia spend much money on new water infrastructure, but little of the management of it’, said Kidist Ketema Bekele during the interview.

As a young water professional Ketema Bekele worked some years at one of the Dutch regional water authorities and is now using her knowledge to set up an integrated river basin plan for the Awash catchment. ‘The Blue Deal programmes provides an opportunity to strengthen the management of the river basin on a peer-to-peer approach’, she explained.

dws-swww2018-blue-deal-ovink-350px Water issues are complex, timely and local specific. Do not waste time on trying to find the silver bullet, said Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink.

 

Interventions that last
Water envoy Henk Ovink mentioned the importance of the long term partnerships that make the Blue Deal programme so different. ‘To address water issues, It is important to develop a long term perspective with short-term impacts. Long term does not mean a plan on the shelf but it is an outlook from the future to the current. This allows to take measures and do interventions that last.’

There is no silver bullet, warned Ovink. Water issues are to complex, changing in time and local specific. ‘People live differently with water. It is cultural’, he said. ‘In long lasting partnerships we can combine these local cultures with our own Dutch culture and find localized solutions.’

The Blue Deal programme contributes to Sustainable Development Goals 6.3 (water quality), 6.4 (sustainable water use), 6.5 (water management at all levels/IWRM) and 6.6 (protection of water resources).

Read also on this website
● Stockholm World Water Week 2018: A look back on an inspiring event to get SDG6 on track, 7 September 2018
● SWWW 2018: Latest generation water-related apps for small farmers shown at African Spatial Delight, 4 September 2018
● SWWW 2018: Leave no one behind in WASH programmes demands a new mind-set, 3 September 2018
● SWWW 2018: Potential of blending finance remains untapped for water infrastructure in developing countries, 31 August 2018
● SWWW 2018: Water.org joins Finish Mondial to team up for affordable toilets worldwide, 31 August 2018
● SWWW 2018: Delft biotech pioneer Mark van Loosdrecht receives Stockholm Water Prize, 30 August 2018
● SWWW 2018: Open data on water availability can prevent that water scarcity leads to conflicts, 29 August 2018
● SWWW 2018: ‘Forge strong partnerships to scale up action’, 28 August 2018
● Meet the Dutch water delegation in the Netherlands pavilion at Stockholm World Water Week (booth 1 )
World Water Forum 8: Launch of Dutch Blue Deal programme in support of SDG6 on water, 23 March 2018

More information
Stockholm World Water Week
www.worldwaterweek.org

Dutch regional water authorities
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 351 97 51
www.dutchwaterauthorities.com/blue-deal

Broadcast session of SIWI/Sofa on the Blue Deal programme.

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