Dutch Water Sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed Aquatech Amsterdam announces IT event on first day Amsterdam International Water Week https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34697-aquatech-amsterdam-announces-it-event-on-first-day-amsterdam-international-water-week.html dws-aiww-ict-day-770pxNext year - on 4 November - the first Aquatech Innovation Forum will take place as part of the Amsterdam International Water Week 2019. Central theme of this one-day event will be the digatilisation of the international water market.

A group of experts have gathered in a knowledge board, under supervision of Tom Freyburg, and will prepare this event to give water professionals guidance in the fast development of new information technology that will have big impact on the daily work in the water sector.

The fifth edition of the Amsterdam International Water Week will take place from 4 - 8 November with its two pillar programme item: the International AIWW Conference and the Aquatech Amsterdam water technology trade fair.

dws-aiww-ict-day-experts-350px  Recent meeting of the content board that will prepare the programme of the one-day ICT event.

Mastering digitisation
With the tagline: Mastering Water’s Digital Transformation, the event is intended to bring together water utilities and the supply chain to discuss experiences when adopting innovative solutions.

The organisers announced the event to be demand driven, interactive and aimed at delivering provoking content on topics as cyber security, smart cities, the role of Water 4.0 and also on turning Big Data into actionable data.

Established content board
A specially created content board with experts, met at the end of November in Amsterdam to discuss the latest trends and topics to begin shaping the conference agenda.

Discussions will focus on innovation and practical solutions to challenges that exist but are also on the horizon, including topics such as cyber security and digital resilience; smart cities and the role of Water 4.0 and also turning Big Data into actionable data.

The event will showcase how technological improvements are helping to meet goal number six: deliver clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.

High level knowledge exchange
Annette Bos, Director Water at RAI Amsterdam and heading Aquatech Global Events, said: "We are launching the Innovation Forum to help bridge the gap between events already taking place during the same week. The ambition is to translate the technology innovation of the show floor into a high level knowledge exchange conference."

Tom Freyberg, content director of Aquatech Global Events, added: "There is a lot of discussion and sometimes hype around digitalisation. We want to bring together real-life cases where new digital solutions are making a difference and create a platform where professionals can openly share experiences, network and overall consume engaging and entertaining content."

Freyberg added: "By bringing such a group of talented individuals together for the Content Board, we are creating an incredible Innovation Forum network and essentially, an event for the industry by the industry."

This news item was originally published on the website of Aquatech Amsterdam.

(Photos: Aquatech)

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Expertise: Water technology

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Content director Tom Freyburg of Aquatech Global Events and members of the content board explain the intention to couple the Innovation Forum to the digitalisation of the water market.

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Oxfam and IHE Delft develop a Tiger Worm Toilet for refugee camps in Myanmar https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34669-oxfam-and-ihe-delft-develop-a-tiger-worm-toilet-for-refugee-camps-in-myanmar.html dws-ihe-tiger-worm-toilets-770pxOxfam and IHE Delft are developing the Tiger Worm Toilet (TWT) in Rakhine State, Myanmar at communal level to serve up to 20 people in refugee camps.One of the biggest challenges in refugee camps is sanitation and the management of human faeces. The worms convert the human waste into a dry and easier to handle dry worm waste (vermicimopost). TheTWT-concept has already proven to be successful at household level.

A technical dissemination TWT-workshop was held by Oxfam and IHE Delft in Rakhine State, Myanmar, on 17 October,

dws-ihe-tiger-worms-350px  Tiger worms that convert human faeces into a dry and less voluminous compost so pit latrines have to be empty less frequent.

Increasing replication
At the workshop the technical manual for the Tiger Worm Toilet was presented by its creator and designer, Christian Snoad.

The manual is a key outcome of the project, providing a ‘pick up and go’ pack to be used by other WASH stakeholders – thus increasing the potential of the innovation for replication and scale.

The workshop was attended by government officials, international and national WASH actors, local students from the technical college, and by several Tiger Worm Toilet users themselves.

They looked in detail at the similarities and differences between regular pit latrines and TWTs, including the worm species that can digest faeces.

dws-ihe-tiger-worm-toilet-workshop-330px Workshop participants learning about Tiger Worm Toilets (credit: Benedict Wood/Oxfam)

In situ treatment
The advantage of the TWT is that the human waste is treated in situ leading to a dry humus-like material that is generated on top of the bed of worms.

The composting by the worms not only reduces the volume of solids, it also makes the emptying of easier and reduces the frequency.

Increasing camp longevity
The TWT-concept has been proven successful in the household sanitation level and will now also be used at an communal sanitation level, appropriate for use in refugee camps.

This will help meet the need for an economically and environmentally sustainable sanitation alternative to the commonly used pit latrine in humanitarian camps – particularly as camp longevity is increasing.

This news item was originally published on the website of IHE Delft (including photos).

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Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Pure Water Group starts pilot NexED electro desalination in Mariupol, Ukraine https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34635-pure-water-group-starts-pilot-nexed-electro-desalination-in-mariupol-ukraine.html dws-pure-water-nexed-plant-770pxDutch water technology firm Pure Water Group delivered and installed a pilot desalination installation at the Starokrymsk filtration station in Mariupol, Ukraine. Attended by US Ambassador Mrs. Marie Yovanovich and Ukraine minister Vadim Chernysh, the official ceremony of the installation took place on 25 October.

The system is based on the Evoqua USA NexED electro desalination technology, and delivered and installed by the Ukraine company HT Engineering.

dws-pure-water-nexed-chernysh-yovanovich2-320px  US ambassador Marie Yovanovich (left) and Ukraine minister Vadim Chernysh see how a produced water sample is taken by an HT Engineer.

Tackle a problem together
In her speech US ambassador Yovanovich said to be pleased that the people of Mariupol can enjoy drinking water of good quality.

"I am really glad that a team of the Ukraine based HT Engineering, Pure Water Group from the Netherlands and Evoqua Water Technologies from the United States are showing what can be achieved when these people tackle a problem together", she said.

Yovanovich continued: "The environmentally and ecologically efficient electro desalination technology is an important step towards clean water supply and living a healthy life in Mariupol."

dws-pure-water-nexed-pilot-ossenblok-350px Director Johan Ossenblok at Pure Water Group interviewed by Ukraine reporters.

Module technology
Evoqua's Nexed module technology provides innovative features such as an advanced low-energy membrane, intelligent flow distribution, and tunable dissolved solids removal capability allowing new options for reduced energy use, costs, and facility footprint.

This makes the system cost-effective and provides a consistent water quality with variable feed water parameters or partial removal of contaminants without the need for blending.

Pure Water Group is a leading manufacturer of ultra pure water equipment and highly specialised in the electro deionization (ED) technology.

As Evoqua 'Master service provider' it distribute modules and systems from our European warehouse to water system integrators across the world.

(Photos: HT Engineering and Pure Water Group)

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Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
COP24: Climate talks give new meaning to wetlands as carbon sinks https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34566-cop24-climate-talks-give-new-meaning-to-wetlands-as-carbon-sinks.html dws-cop24-wetlands-neher-770pxFour countries have already recognised the potential of carbon storage in their peatlands and mentioned it in their National Determined Contribution (NDC) as a mean to contribute to the 'Paris Agreement' and to decarbonise the world. These four countries are Belarus, Iceland. Indonesia and Uruguay. This was announced by Wetlands International at a session on the relevance of wetland ecosystems to raise the bar of NDC plans.

Together, all national NDC´s form the heart of the Paris agreement rulebook that outlines uniform standards for nations to set their targets, select and implement their meassures, and how this will be assessed transparently every five years.

The session on wetlands took place in the German pavilion at the climate summit COP24 in Katowice, Poland, on 7 December.

dws-cop24-wetlands350px  Healthy wetlands can stop subsidence, act as a sponge to prevent floods and droughts, prevent mitigation and can also contribute to the Paris Agreement to decarbonise the world.

Potential for carbon storage
The non-for-profit organisation Wetlands International plead for more countries to follow.

"Half of the wetlands in the world are peatlands", said Arthur Neher (on top photo), senior technical officer at Wetlands International, "and they can absorb twice as much carbon as forests".

Neher urged the climate community to recognise peatlands as a carbon sink and fully use the potential of restoration to be included in the national climate mitigation plans as a mean to store carbon.

Greenhouse carbon balancing
However, when badly managed peatlands can be a large carbon emitter, mostly as an effect of too extensive drainage or conversion to other land use. As many wetlands are drying up, there is more emission than storage at the moment, Neher warned.

dws-cop24-wetlands-panel-all-350px Panel leader John Matthews of AWGA (right) called up on the nature conservation and climate communities to jointly study all NCD's and 'pull out recourse strategies that are hidden in this reports'. 

"The tools and mechanisms to create healthy wetlands are not sufficiently integrated in the Paris agreement", he continued. "So accounting of carbon balancing has not yet happened. What is missing are clear and transparent obligations for emissions".

Paris rulebook
According to Neher the COP24 provides a great opportunity to specify in the Paris Agreement rulebook how to account for carbon emissions and its storage in peatlands.

"It is high time to move on as it is obvious that peatlands can play an important role in climate mitigation actions. It is low hanging fruit". 

Align strategies
Neher recognised that the countries that want to include peatlands in their National Determined Contribution (NDC) plans shall first need to align their practises, strategies and goals.

"We know the value of wetland but we also need a guidance at the highest level on how to create healthy wetlands that absorb carbon, instead of emit carbon. We need to merge all the multilateral agreements and conventions and to built a joint peatland declaration", Neher advocated.

dws-cop24-wetlands-panel-okidi-uganda2-350px  Uganda minister Alfred Okot Okidi of Water and Environment told that healthy wetlands is a big topic in his country because, although covering only 10 percent of the land, they are considered crucially important for the national food supply and the local livelihoods of people.

In total some 180 countries have already filled their NDC-plans at the Bonn office of the United Nations. Added up, all reports give a good impression of the global action on reducing carbon emissions. Some countries are already working on an update.

Forests have been part of the climate talks right from the beginning for their ability to store carbon. Peatlands are less known for their carbon storage capability.

Wetlands International calls for more countries with peatlands to use this capability to decarbonise the world and include the potential in their national NDC-plans, like already more common for forests.

Non-for-profit organisation Wetlands International plead at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland to add peatland conservation as a mean of decarbonisation.

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
New online initiative WaterConnect supports decision-making on water management https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34544-new-online-initiative-waterconnect-supports-decision-making-on-water-management.html dws-deltares-hydrologic-waterconnect-signing-770pxDutch knowledge institute Deltares and hydro informatics firm HydroLogic have signed an agreement to launch the WaterConnect initiative to provide access to online data related to water management decision-making.

By cocreating this access to smart water and climate services - including simulation models, forecasts and dashboards - water managers can use WaterConnect to improve their decisions or come to better solutions related to problems with water resources and urban water management.

The agreement was recently signed by CEO Arnold Lobbrecht (left op top photo) at HydroLogic and by Director Ron Thiemann (right) at Deltares.

dws-deltares-waterconnect-screen-dump-350px  Homepage of the website WaterConnect.

Combining established platforms
WaterConnect uses international knowledge and software such as the well-established Delft-FEWS and HydroNET platforms.

Delft-FEWS is an open platform that efficiently handles large amounts of big datasets and performs massive computations, while HydroNET applies data-mining algorithms and analytics to these datasets to create new information and knowledge.

Water professionals and stakeholders can then use the easily accessible Delft-FEWS HydroNET Water Control Room to visualise online personalised dashboards and reports and make well-informed, accountable decisions.

Safe and sufficient water
Director Ron Thiemann of Deltares adds "Deltares has been involved in setting up water management systems all around the world and has years of experience in developing and operating forecasting systems. Becoming part of the WaterConnect consortium means we’re helping to ensure sustainable management of precious water resources for a water-safe environment, with sufficient clean water for everyone".

According to CEO Arnold Lobbrecht of HydroLogic: "The idea of working together in a chain of water knowledge and information parties ties in closely with our policy of working with our clients to cocreate climate-resilient living environments. Each party in this chain is contributing its unique expertise to produce effective local solutions to water problems".

The website WaterConnect is already operational.

This news item was originally published on the websites of Deltares and WaterConnect (as pdf).

(Photo: HydroLogic/Deltares)

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Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
COP24: Dutch and Polish partners sign LoI for hands-on green-blue city projects https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34523-cop24-dutch-and-polish-partners-sign-loi-for-hands-on-green-blue-city-projects.html dws-cop24-loi-signing-hands-770px-1Dutch and Polish cities, companies, knowledge institutions and NGOs signed an Letter of Intent to realise green-blue infrastructures in the Dutch cities of Breda and Zwolle, and the Polish city of Wroclaw.

Many participants had already signed the letter of intent but the final signing took place in the Polish pavilion at the COP24 climate conference on 8 December.

Attenders of the signing were Undersecretary of State Slawomir Mazurek of the Polish Ministry of Environment, Elena Visnar-Malinovska of the Directorate-General for Climate Action of the European Commission and chairman Menno Holterman of the Amsterdam International Water Week.

The signing was the result of many contacts between the cities of Breda, Zwolle and Wroclaw that started at the City Leaders Forum of the Amsterdam International Water Week in 2017.

dws-cop24-loi-signing-zwolle-impression-350px  Early-stage involvement of urban landscape designers and researchers can enrich a green-blue project before a city starts the procurement phase.

New standard for implementation
Special about the Dutch-Polish cooperation is its hands-on approach to implement a green-blue project in each of the three cities.

The wide coalition is built around the concept of government-knowledge-business that breaks with the usual top down procurement process for new drainage infrastructures.

The early involvement by businesses and knowledge institutes allows cities to improve their green-blue plans before they go into the procurement phase, making them more efficient in terms of design, construction, costs and acceptance by citizens.


Director of Sustainable Development, Katarzyna Szymczak-Pomianowska (left) of Wroclaw, Director Liveable Cities, Wouter Vos of Kuiper Compagnons (middle) and Undersecretary of State, Slawomir Mazurek (right) of the Polish Ministry of Environment

Working ateliers
The cooperation will start with working ateliers in all three cities. New insights and ideas evolving from these meetings will be shared and analysed.

The overarching goal of the international cooperation is to develop a new standard for implementation, such as suitable regulatory conditions, smart financing, stakeholder participation and community involvement.

If proven in practise, a European Urban Water Partnership will be established to roll out the plan, with the aim to accelerate climate adaptation in middle-large European cities.

Besides the cities of Breda, Wroclaw and Zwolle, the other parties that signed the Letter of Intent are urban planning and design offices KuiperCompagnons and KCAP, knowledge institute Deltares, engineering consultancy Arcadis, Polish water utility MPWiK and NGO Sendzimir.

The cooperation is facilitated and supported by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP).

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● AIWW Summit 2018: How to speed up climate adaptation globally?, 20 November 2018
● Expertise: Resilient cities
● Country: Poland

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Delft, the Netherlands
+31 88 335 8273

Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 2011 011

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Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 10 433 00 99

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Zwolle, the Netherlands

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
COP24: Every city on board to make urban climate adaptation happen worldwide https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34481-cop24-every-city-on-board-to-make-urban-climate-adaptation-happen-worldwide.html dws-cop24-urban-adaptation-panel-mazurek-770px-1"Every city has a different perspective. It is important to recognise that, but we also need to mainstream national adaptation plans. To achieve sustainable and resilient cities globally, we need something similar to the Paris agreement", said Undersecretary of State Slawomir Mazurek of the Polish Ministry of Environment at the climate summit COP24 in Katowice, Poland on 8 December.

Mazurek made his contribution on Urban Day at the Polish pavilion during a session on urban climate adaption, organised in cooperation with the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP).

dws-cop24-urban-adaptation-mazurek-350px  Undersecretary of State Slawomir Mazurek of the Polish Ministry of Environment talked about the need for national governments to support cities on urban climate adaptation.

Combining with other objectives
The session highlighted the many different accents on climate adaptation in various cities and the need to incorporate adaptation policies in other social-economic development. By combining different objects, climate adaptation will not only become cheaper but also more accepted by citizens, as was appraised by many of the session’s panellists.

The COP22 in Paris was historical on climate change, remarked Mazurek, but it are the municipalities that had to adopt to a carbon-low infrastructure and to involve their citizens. In this respect climate adaptation is not different from climate mitigation.

National governments can help cities to become more resilient to climate change, he remarked and referred to the 44 Polish cities programme as an example. All 44 cities have developed their own adaptation plan, with the national government providing support, such as an overall programme on finance, organisational capacity, central data collection and analyses.

  dws-cop24-urban-adaptation-44-cities-350px   Chairman of the session, Szymon Tumielewic, gave an update on the 44 Polish cities climate adapation programme.

Tailor-made adaptation
Mayor Mariusz Skiba of the host city of Katowice explained that air pollution has top priority in his town. The bad air quality can be improved by mitigation measures such as electric busses, but also by adaptation measures such as green roofs. Green roofs and green yards, not only improve the air quality but they also improve the drainage of his city, the mayor said.

As a good example, Skiba mentioned the green roofs on a part of the conference building where the COP24 takes place.

Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink mentioned the efforts of the Water as Leverage programme, initiated by the Dutch government. Six teams with global experts and local representatives have worked on ‘transformational’ and ‘bankable’ adaptation projects in the cities of Semarang (Indonesia), Chennai (India) and Khulna (Bangladesh).

Ovink told that financial institutes have now joint the teams in detailing the proposals, to make sure that the final versions will be attractive for investors.

dws-cop24-urban-adaptation-panel-350px An expert panel highlighted the need to incorporate city adaptation plans in other policy fields, such as health, transport and recreation.

Raising the bar
Panellist Elena Visnar-Malinovska, Head of the Adaptation Unit of the Directorate-General for Climate Action at the European Commission remarked the commission has already earmarked large funds for climate adaptation in future budgets.

Hopefully this will raise the bar, she remarked. She also advocated cities to combine their mitigation and adaptation measures to ‘prevent stranded assets as much as possible’

Wider context
According to Barney Dickson, Director of Strategy and Policy at the Global Centre of Adaptation (GCA) his newly formed centre has climate adaptation on its agenda as seprate track to report to the United Nations by June next year. "Cities matter on the global scale but they must built in their adaptation plans into a wider context", Dickson said, As an example he mentioned health care and transport, "This will result in lower costs", he assured.

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Country: Poland

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Eliquo-VEEC about to open waste water treatment plant in Binh Duong, Vietnam https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34457-eliquo-veec-about-to-open-waste-water-treatment-plant-in-binh-duong-vietnam.html dws-eliquo-binh-duong-aerial-770px-1
Dutch-Vietnamese consortium Eliquo-Veec is well advanced in the construction of a new waste water treatment plant Di An, Tân Uyên for three cities in Binh Duong province. The operational start-up of the treatment plant is expected for the first quarter of next year.

At its completion, the plant will serve a population of around 145,000 people and 600 small and medium enterprises (SME’s) by the year 2020. The project is supported by the Dutch financing facility for infrastructure development (ORIO).

dws-eliquo-binh-duong-aeration-tank-empty-350px  Floor of aeration tank.

New facilities in whole province
End user BIWASE has upgraded and expanded its water supply infrastructure over the past 10 years, and is now consequent implementing new facilities for sewage collection and treatment in order to facilitate the economic sustainable growth of Binh Duong province.

The design and construction of the new wwtp started in 2017, following the signing of a contract between the end user BIWASE and the consortium of Vietnamese water technology firm VEEC and Dutch water technology firm Eliquo.

The plant comprises a two-stage screening, a grit and fat removal stage and a biological treatment section of four SBR reactors of 4,000 m3 each.

Prior to the discharge to surface water, final effluent will be treated by UV-disinfection.

Green field
The consortium will ensure the construction and start-up, commissioning and put into operation of the complete ‘green field’ wastewater collection and treatment system.

dws-eliquo-binh-duong-aeration-tank-water-350px First waste water arrived in aeration tank.

Additionally, a substantial support will be included for the guidance of installation of supplied equipment, technology transfer and start-up & commissioning of the new treatment works will be included in the Consortium’s scope.

The new treatment plant will meet the strict discharge requirements of the Vietnamese class A standards.

New opportunities
“This project allows Eliquo to export their decades of outstanding experience on the realisation of basic wastewater treatment plants over the world”, said managing director Rick Langereis of Eliquo.

As European main wastewater infrastructure facilities reached a substantial level on coverage of demands, new green field opportunities hardly occur in Eliquo’s European home markets.

In these home markets, Eliquo is nowadays developing high innovative projects, which are substantially focusing on advanced energy - and nutrient recovery from wastewater.

(all photo’s by Eliquo)

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Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
COP24: Urban Day to highlight global action on climate adaptation in cities https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34404-cop24-urban-day-to-highlight-global-action-on-climate-adaptation-in-cities.html dws-cop24-opening-plenary-rutte-770px"The urgency of fighting and adapting to climate change has in no way diminished. And neither has the undeniable fact that climate change affects us all", said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the opening of the COP24 climate conference on 3 December, in Katowice, Poland. 

Saturday 8 December, is Urban Day and prominent Dutch speakers will participate in an international forum on urban climate adaptation.

Prime Minister Rutte (on top photo) announced a special 160 million euro fund for climate and development to help developing countries to become more resilient. The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) can be used, for instance, to grow salt-tolerant crops or to raise levees.

High on the agenda of the Dutch delegation at the COP24 is urban climate adaptation in cities. 

dws-cop24-opening-plenary-guterres-350px  At the grand opening Secretary-General António Guterres urged the world to step up on climate action, according to a solid plan, with more funding, as a smart investment in the future of the planet. (Photo: Flickr/COP24)

Recapture spirit of Paris
"Here in Katowice we must recapture the spirit of Paris", urged Dutch Prime Minister Rutte. He called on delegates to make a serious attempt to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. Climate adaptation has become a normal thing  to do for the Netherlands, as it has been protecting itself from floods for centuries now.

Since 2011 the country follows an adaptive water management strategy that includes an annual review of all planned flood protection schemes, and if necessary, reprioritise them or add new ones.

Recent studies on the increased melting of land ice on Antarctica has caused concern in the Netherlands as this will lead to a faster raising of sea levels than currently anticipated and the national flood protection scheme may have to be revised.

As climate mitigation holds the best cards to prevent the melting of the ice caps, the Dutch government is, more than ever, eager to contribute to the reduction of CO2-emissions.

gs-aiwws-346-iwa-darras IWA president Mrs. Diane D’Arras at the AIWW Summit advocating more city-to-city learning.in November 

Urban Day
The Dutch delegation at COP24 also has urban climate adaptation high on its agenda. Saturday 8 December, is Urban Day and prominent Dutch speakers, such as Special water envoy Henk Ovink and CEO Patrick Verkooijen of the Global Center of Adaptation will participate in an international forum together with Polish, French and other European counterparts.

The session on Urban Climate Change Adaptation will show how cities have developed networks and share experiences. The latest example is the 44MPA programme by the 44 largest Polish cities that have jointly developed a climate adaptation scheme for their cities.

More green-blue infrastructure
Also on the agenda is the collaboration of the Polish city of Wroclaw and the Dutch cities of Breda and Zwolle. The three cities will sign an Letter of Intent to help each other on speeding up the introduction of more blue-green infrastructure in cities.

This cooperation is a first step towards establishing a broader European Urban Water Partnership (EUWP).

dws-cop24-urban-holterman-350px AIWW-chairman Menno Holterman believes that a circular economy holds the key to innovative climate adaptation.

More cities to join
"City to City learning is a key stepping stone to accelerate the transition of cities towards Water-Wise Cities", said president Mrs. Diane D’Arras, of International Water Association (IWA). D’Arras advocated more cross-pollination of experiences and lessons learned, as "learning between networks and the exposure of cities to these experiences is still limited". 

IWA facilitates the development of a common language amongst water professionals and provides tools such as the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities.

Unique catalyst
Another initiative to be highlighted at COP24 on city-to-city learning, is the Cities Leadership Forum of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW). "Last month, we have identified area’s for immediate improvement", mentioned AIWW-chairman Menno Holterman who strongly believes in a circular economy as a unique catalyst.

Holterman: "The circular economy is a unique opportunity to combine innovative, smart and nature-based solutions to inspire delta’s, cities, utilities, industries, financial institutions and insurance companies for a holistic approach and appeals to a much stronger dialogue and social inclusion of water consumers, citizens and all other stakeholders."

Stay tuned as this website will keep you posted on more developments at the COP24.

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AIWW Summit 2018: How to speed up climate adaptation globally?, 20 November 2018
New GCA adaptation commission takes a stand for those already suffering from climate change, 16 October 2018
COP23: Launch of GCECA centre to speed up worldwide climate adaptation, 15 November 2017
COP22: African agriculture gains momentum to produce more food with less water, 16 November 2016

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Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Fugro contracted for detailed survey Pacific island country of Tuvalu https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34401-fugro-contracted-for-detailed-survey-pacific-island-country-of-tuvalu.html dws-fugro-tuvalu-coast-770px-1Geo services firm Fugro has been awarded a contract by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to survey the Polynesian island country of Tuvalu.

The data will primarily support the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project’s island vulnerability assessment work.

The survey, to be conducted in 2019, will utilise Fugro’s airborne lidar bathymetry (ALB) technology, providing accurate national coverage of shallow (0 - 50 metres), nearshore and lagoon bathymetry and island topography.

dws-fugro-tuvalu-alb-screen-350px  Furgo's airborne lidar bathymetry (ALB) technology provides accurate base line data for vulnerability assessment.

Vulnerable to climate change
Located in the Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world’s fourth smallest nation with a population of around 11,000 and a total land area of 26 square kilometres.

The country is remote and, with low lying islands, is one of the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The survey data will also feed into a very broad spectrum of vulnerability, adaptation, infrastructure development, natural resource management and environmental monitoring needs.

Advanced mapping technology
Fugro director Paul Seaton, for Business Development and Government Relations for Asia Pacific, commented: ‘Tuvalu’s remoteness and susceptibility to the effects of sea level rise and tropical storms will benefit from Fugro’s advanced technology for mapping shallow water environments safely and cost-effectively.’

‘Our surveys will provide the baseline data necessary to plan adaptation and resilience responses’, Seaton said.


A typical bathymetryi mage showing the different elevations. 

Improved baseline data
The provision of this data is seen as a big step towards improved planning, understanding resources and assessing national vulnerability.

Important services, such as navigation in shallow waters, will also be greatly enhanced and the baseline data will be of key interest to development partners and local authorities.

For the first time since rising sea levels have been a concern in Tuvalu, detailed and accurate information regarding the relationship between land height and sea level across all nine coral islands will be available.

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

(Photos: UNDP and Fugro)

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Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
BAM: All aboard and bound for Antartica to build a new wharf https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34381-bam-all-aboard-and-bound-for-antartica-to-build-a-new-wharf.html  dws-bam-rothera-ships-equiment-740px
A ship loaded with 4,500 tonnes of equipment needed for building a new wharf at Rothera Research Station in Antarctica has begun its month-long journey to the white continent. The new wharf, being built over the next two Antarctic seasons, will provide safe berthing and efficient unloading for the new polar research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Construction partner BAM oversaw the loading of plant, 83 containers, permanent and temporary materials and 1,000 tonnes of steelwork onto the DS Wisconsin at Teesport in North Yorkshire. The last of 83 containers is loaded onto the DS Wisconsin at Teesport (on top photo) before heading south to Antarctica.

dws-bam-rothera-current-wharf350px Current wharf at British Rothera research station (Photo: BAS).

Modernisation of research facilities
BAM partners with British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to modernise UK Antarctic and other research facilities.

For the Rothera Research Station this includes the construction of a new wharf, storage and living quarters.

BAM has teamed up with major European design consultants Sweco to assist with project delivery.

Complex logistics
According to BAM engineer and project manager Martha McGowan months have been spent designing and procuring every single piece of equipment to build the new wharf.

dws-bam-rothera-antartica-wharf-impression-350px Impression of the construction work to redevelop the wharf so it can accomodate RRS Sir David Attenborough that will come into operation next year (Photo: BAS).

"It has finally all come together’, she said, assuring that it was a one off for specialists in terms of complexit of the cargo for stowage. We spent 10 days working with Transglobal, DS Multibulk and AV Dawson, on how much was being shipped at once and the detailed bio-security checks", said McGowan.

Polar science
BAS Progamme Manager David Seaton said: ‘This is a milestone in BAS’s Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme, and a major step forwards in our work to ensure the continued delivery of cutting edge UK polar science into the future.’

This news item was originally published on the website of BAM International.

(Top photo: BAM Group)

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Animation that shows how the new wharf at Rothera will be constructed over the next two seasons.

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
MobiWater reports improved recharge of water tanks due to smart monitoring in Kibera, Kenya https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34340-mobiwater-reports-improved-recharge-of-water-tanks-due-to-smart-monitoring-in-kibera-kenya.html dws-via-mobi-kenya2-725px
"We've seen alerts from our system that have been used by the water point owners to improve revenue accountability. In some water points we've seen up to 30 percent increased water consistency and faster recharge of the tanks when they run out of water". This reports Kevin Gacheru in his update on the Maji Mkononi project in Kibera, Africa's largest informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya.

Gacheru is the founder of MobiWater, a firm that developed a smart monitoring system to collect data on water levels in tanks at community led water points.

dws-via-water-mobi-water-point-350px  MobiWater collects storage data from 38 water point that is made available through mobile phones to operators of the water tanks, as well as the community that can see if a tank is empty or not before leaving home.

Mobile phones
The data is made availably to the community by mobile phone. People in the community can see if a tank is empty or not.

"We've had to make various changes to our initial solution and tested various iterations of our systems with the water point operators, working hand-in-hand to build a customer-centric solution that addresses their needs", Gacheru continues in his blog.

Alerts for low levels
MobiWater runs the monitoring system for a year now and experiences that water point operators can learn from them through community-led conversations at focus group meetings.

The firm installed real-time water monitoring sensors in local water point tanks which allowed the operators to monitor their available stored water in their tanks and alerts them via their mobile phone when water levels exceed their thresholds.

Gacheru writes: "Currently, we are working with 38 water points, across 4 different wards in the informal settlement, among them being privately owned water points, NGO led water points, and also water points led by communities or youth."

dws-via-water-mobi-water-scheme-350px Realtime monitoring of water levels of water tanks has led to faster recharging by operators.

Pricing models
At the moment, his firm is discussing repayment plans for the system with the with the water point operators. These are set to begin in January. "I'm glad to say it's going on well. We came up with three structured pricing models which we are currently discussing with the water point owners."

The Maji Mkononi project is supported by Via Water, a programme set up by several Dutch water-related organisations and the Dutch government, to solve the water crises in African cities. The programma has an emphasis on the creation of sustainable solutions that are implemented by local people.

Via Water currently holds a portfolio of almost 60 projects in 8 African countries, being Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and Senegal.

Read the original blog by Kelvin Gacheru on the website of Via Water.

(Photos: MobiWater/Via Water)

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Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Dutch-Australian team awaits spawning at Great Barrier Reef to rehabilitate coral https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34316-dutch-australian-team-awaits-spawning-at-great-barrier-reef-to-rehabilitate-coral.html dws-tud-coral-spawning-heron-island-770px
A team of researchers of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), dredging firm Van Oord and Australia’s national science agency CSIRO travelled to healthy coral parts of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia for the large scale collection of coral eggs.

At some time following the full moon in November there is a single moment that all the coral releases eggs, the coral spawning. The researchers want to be there when the spawning takes place, to collect the floating clouds of eggs and bring them to places where the reef needs to grow.

dws-tud-coral-ship-tanks-350px  Ship with pumps and tanks on its way to the spawning area (TU Delft/Instagram).

Fragile coral eggs
Working with coral larvae has been tried and tested on a small scale and in special tanks. The researchers will now be investigating on location whether this process can be upscaled by collecting the fragile coral eggs on a much larger scale, using adapted pumping installations that can be used on dredgers for example.

Aerial surveillance
Shortly after the spawning, the eggs float to the water surface where they accumulate depending on the current. The researchers locate these floating clouds of eggs from the air using a small aircraft.

"It's an exciting proces", says Professor Mark van Koningsveld from TU Delft, "because we then have to get to the eggs really quickly by boat, containing our pumping and research equipment, so we can do our tests; the next opportunity to test this process in the wild isn't for another 12 months, when the coral spawns again."

dws-tud-coral-hand-collecting-spawn-350px Manual collection during earlier transportation tests of coral eggs.Top photo shows spawning near Heron Island (both photos: Citizens of GBR/Gary Cranitch).

Optimise pump systems
It is important that the fragile eggs are still alive when they reach the storage tank. To make their journey as smooth and safe as possible, TU Delft’s and Van Oord’s researchers have spent the past few months optimising the pumping systems.

For example, the pump needs to cause no eddies during suction and has to stay floating on the surface of the water. Also, the type of pump turned out to play an important part in the design.

The researchers will be testing two types of pumps and two types of storage tanks in Australia.

During lab tests in the Netherlands, alternatives were used to mimic the structure of coral eggs as closely as possible, such as fish spawn, peas, blueberries and little balls of gel.

The research project is subsidised by the Australian and Queensland Governments and is part of the Advance Queensland SBIR initiative.

This news item was originally published on the website of Delft University of Technology.

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Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Arcadis wins 1st prize in design competition for Longgang river, Shenzhen, China https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34291-arcadis-wins-1st-prize-in-design-competition-for-longgang-river-shenzhen-china.html dws-arcadis-shenzhen-longgang-river-impression-770pxTeam Arcadis Landscape architects & Urbanists, CallisonRTKL and Shenzhen University won the first prize in high-profile Shenzhen Longgang landscape design competition.

The winning design (top impression) is based on a masterplan that includes the restoration of the tributaries of the Longgang river and the creation of a river park in the city center of Shenzhen. The joint venture used the layer-cake method to separate first the different subsystems of the very complex urbanised river delta. The three main layers being the natural substratum at the bottom, the infrastructural networks in the middle and the land-use patterns on top.

dws-arcadis-shenzhen-river-area-map-350px  Area along the Longang river as selected for the competition (Photo:SZ Design centre).

More liveable city
In its proposal, the joint venture used the existing water system and topography as a base for urban and land development models, thus creating an attractive linear Riverpark in the city center.

By re-naturalizing the tributaries we created a robust ecological and recreational network that will improve the quality of life within the city of Shenzhen.

Pearl river delta
Shenzhen is bordered by Hong Kong and has a population of 12 million people. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. In the agglomeration, the Pearl river delta, even 62 million people live, making it the largest metropolis in the world.

The Longgang River rises in Wutong Mountain and runs through Shenzhen. The challenge for the city is to accelerate future urbanisation with more efficient land use with explicit attention to local history and culture.

At the same time, spatial quality and the environment must improve.

dws-arcadis-shenzhen-kcap-design-350px Third place winner was a design by China Urban Planning and Design Institute and KCAP International (photo: SZ Design centre).

Layer approach
Landscape designer John Boon of Arcadis Netherlands explained that the design by the joint venture is based on ‘the 'layers approach'. "This approach has been developed in the Netherlands", Boon said of Arcadis. "Not only does the design adress the main flow of the river but also the tributaries further upstream, which provide the water supply".

Boon: "By starting there, the river water does not become polluted and there are less peak flows during rainy periods". 

This news item is based on the original release as published on the website of Arcadis/Landscape-architects.

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Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Royal Boskalis receives biggest offshore cable installation contract ever https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34263-royal-boskalis-receives-biggest-offshore-cable-installation-contract-ever.html dws-boskalis-cable-laying-vessel
Royal Boskalis Westminster has been awarded a cable installation contract for the Ostwind 2 offshore grid connection.

The contract was awarded by 50Hertz and carries a value for Boskalis of 250 million euro making this the largest cable installation contract acquired by Boskalis ever.

Boskalis will execute this contract in consortium with its partner NKT that will supply the high-voltage cable system.

dws-boskalis-baltic-iberdrola-baltic-eagle-350px  Spanish wind energy firm Iberdrola began development of Baltic Eagle windfarm park in September, having commissioned the site investigation to geo intelligence firm Fugro (Photo: Iberdrola).

Connection offshore windfarm parks
The contract scope comprises design and installation of approximately 270 kilometer of export cable in the southern Baltic Sea that will connect the planned offshore windfarm parks Arcadis Ost 1 and Baltic Eagle offshore to the onshore substation in Lubmin, Germany.

The project is expected to commence in 2019 with a planned completion late 2022.

Supporting services 
For this project Boskalis will deliver an integrated solution of in-house services including supporting UXO survey, geotechnical and geophysical surveys, through Boskalis subsidiary Gardline.

Other services include seabed preparation works, pre-lay run, transport and installation of the 220kV export cables and seabed reinstatement.

dws-boskalis-baltic-trenchformer-350px One of Boskalis' special vessels, the Trenchformer, to dig 3 m deep trenches into the seabed.

Boskalis will deploy a wide variety of its in-house assets including trailing suction hopper and backhoe dredgers, geophysical and geotechnical survey vessels, cable-laying vessels and a wide range of trenching tools.

Strong combination
CEO Peter Berdowski at Boskalis specially mentioned his company’s strong position to offer the combination of dredging and offshore cable installation competence.

‘It demonstrates Boskalis' ability to offer a unique breadth of services. We look forward to further expanding this position for our clients as the leading subsea cable installation contractor’, Berdowski said.

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

(Photos: Royal Boskalis)

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Sun, 25 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Singapore president Yacob gets update on sea level rise in Deltares iD-Lab https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34249-singapore-president-yacob-gets-update-on-sea-level-rise-in-deltares-id-lab.html dws-sg-deltares-id-lab-770px
As part of the state visit to the Netherlands, Singapore president Ms. Halimah Yacob paid a visit to the iD-Lab of research institute Deltares, Delft, the Netherlands. In her company was Dutch king Willem-Alexander.

At the iD-Lab shewas briefed by senior researcher Marjolijn Haasnoot on the latest predictions of sea level rise and the consequences for Singapore.

Haasnoot told that her institute is now studying the options for additional sea defence measures in The Netherlands as predictions indicate sea level rise may occure faster.

dws-sg-deltares-smit  CEO Maarten Smits (right) of Deltares welcomed president Yacob (second left) and king Willem-Alexander (third left).

Faster sea level rise
According to Haasnoot, new insights on melting of land ice on the Antarctic cause a growing concern, as sea level rise may be on a faster pace than current models indicate.

In case of a faster sea level rise, she explained to the Singapore president, sea defence measures will last less longer and new, higher, defences are needed quicker.

Or, as an alternative, measures will have to be bigger to span a longer period of sea level rise, Haasnoot told.

In the case of Singapore much of the mainland is high enough, but Singapore will notice that sand for beach reinforcement will become even more scare than it now already is, she warned.

The president was shown a visualisation of the Aqua Monitor that illustrated the changing of Singapore's contour over the last 30 years. The island state grew over 30 percent because of land reclamations.

dws-sg-deltares-aqua-monitor-singapore-400-px A screenshot of the Aqua Monitor showing the changes in surface water over the past 30 years worldwide. Here seen Singapore with in green the land reclamation areas.

First Singapore polder
The shortage of sand was one of the main reasons for Singapore to step down from more its classical land reclamation and start to built its first polder.

CEO Maarten Smits of Deltares reminded the president of the involvement of his institute in the initial decision making for this new type of land development for Singapore.

Deltares has ever since been, and still is, a thrusted advisor to the Singapore government for the construction of the 810 hectare polder near Pulau Tekong that started earlier this year and is scheduled to be ready by 2020.

The levee and the polder will be equipped with state-of-the-art measuring equipment, both for short-term early warning as well as monitoring long term developments.

dws-sg-deltares-group2-350-px-1 President Yacob meets Singapore state agency employees on course at Deltares.

Speed course polder management
At the end of her visit president Yacob met a group of Singapore employees of the governmental agencies involved in the construction of the polder.

Deltares provides short courses for the employees over in the Netherlands to become familiar with the management of land that lies below sea level.

The courses include visits to Dutch regional water authorities that have hundreds of years of experience in polder management.

The Singapore agencies involved, are the Housing and Development Board (HDB), Public Utilities Board (PUB) and Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

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Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Singapore and Dutch ministries sign MoU for joint development of zero waste technology https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34224-singapore-and-dutch-ministries-sign-mou-for-joint-development-of-zero-waste-technology.html dws-sg-waternet-mou-signing-770pxSingapore’s Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli and the Netherlands’ Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Sigrid Kaag signed an agreement to enhance cooperation on environmental and water management. Both countries want to stimulate new technologies that contribute to a fully circular economy without waste.

The signing ceremony took place at innovation hub Prodock of the Port of Amsterdam on 21 November. It was witnessed by Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Singapore president Halimah Yacob, who is in The Netherlands for a two-day state visit.

dws-sg-waternet-kaag-350px  Minister Kaag offerted to explore circular concepts together

On the occasion of the signing Dutch minister Kaag memorised the shared values and shared interests of both countries, especially mentioning the area of water, entrepreneurship and innovation.

According to Kaag both countries are regional gateways. "That has generated prosperity and knowledge. It helps us now to co-create solutions to the challenges of the 21st century". 

Kaag praised the achievement by Singapore to meet its water needs independently, and the development of plans on urban agriculture and circular economy. "The Netherlands wants to share by combining the best brains and letting start-ups and scale-ups work together towards a circular economy."

"Let us make waste a thing of the past and let a house have carbon-neutral heating",  she said.

dws-sg-waternet-zulkifli-350px  Minister Masagos Zulkifli explained Singapore's ambition to maximise resource efficiency and minimise waste.

Enormous potential to share practises
Singapore’s minister Masagos Zulkifli on his turn confirmed the mutual challenges for both countries and the need for transitions in the field of waste and energy to make cities sustainable in the long term. Zulkifli explained that Singapore has closed its water cycle, reusing waste water.

‘We are now changing our attention to the waste loop’, he said, mentioning the Tuas nexus treatment plant that will be based on an integrated process to treat waste water and to convert the sludge into energy.

‘We are keen to partner with international businesses to share solutions and technologies in Singapore’s transition towards a circular economy’ Zulkifli said.

‘There is immense untapped potential in the sharing of best practices, and cross-border transfer of knowledge and technologies.’

dws-sg-waternet-desah-demo-van-350px President Yacob and King Willem-Alexander at the mobile van of Waternet to demonstrate the concept of a decentralised water system to citizens.

Decentralized water system
At the innovation hub Prodock both Singapore President Yacob and Dutch King Willem-Alexander were shown some examples of smart solutions under development at the hub.

Amsterdam water utility Waternet showed its decentralised water system to be installed in 8,000 homes in a new built city district on a reclaimed land. The houses will have two separated water systems: the grey water from the shower and washing machines of which the heat will be recovered; and the black water from vacuum toilets that will be collected locally for digestion into biogas.

Another development shown by Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) at Prodock, was the Roboat, an autonomous vessels for the Amsterdam inner city canals.

Both president and king could see the first scaled prototypes that are already operational in the canals to gain experienced with the autonomous collection household waste transport of people, distribution of food/goods, self-assembly of water-infrastructures (such as temporary bridges) and monitoring of water quality.

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Video by MIT Senseable City Lab showing special digitalised images of a trip through Amsterdam’s canals. The images are part of the Roboat project that develops fully automated vessels to navigation through the inner city’s waterways transporting people or collecting solid waste.

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
AIWW Summit 2018: Two additional Amsterdam Agreements signed on knowledge exchange and financing https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34196-aiww-summit-2018-two-additional-amsterdam-agreements-signed-on-knowledge-exchange-and-financing.html dws-aiww-summit-2018-agreements-fmo-nwp-770pxFMO development bank and Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) signed an additional Memorandum of Understanding to finance more water projects than originally intended. Furthermore, utility Waternet Amsterdam signed an Memorandum of understanding with water utility SIAAP of Paris for the structural exchange of knowledge and experiences. Both MoUs were signed at the AIWW Summit in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 15 November. The documents are called ‘Amsterdam Agreeements’ and refer to the nine agreements signed at the Amsterdam International Water Week in 2017.

The Amsterdam Agreements are characterised by unconventional collaborations that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water. The collaborations are set up as show cases and, if proven successful, to be multiplied worldwide.

dws-aiww-summit-2018-agreements-czarnocki-350px  Director of the Polish 44 cities climate adaptation project told that he seeks support for the implementation of all the adaptation measures the cities have come up with. He hinted the idea to collaborate in an Amsterdam Agreement.

Bankable projects
The collaboration between FMO development bank and network organisation NWP aims to identify bankable water projects for the Dutch water sector interrnationally. By encouraging greater coordination among ministries, the water sector and financial institutions, more money can be raised for these projects.

At the AIWW in 2017 FMO and NWP signed their first agreement and meanwhile 27 projects have been identified and are in the pipeline to be financed. 

The new Amsterdam Agreement singed by NWP Acting Director Ewout van Galen (left on top photo) and FMO manager NL Business, Project & Partnership Development Aart Mulder (right) marked the ambition of both organisations to increase the number of projects.

Financial gap
According to NWP Acting Director Ewout van Galen the first results show that this kind of collaboration can contribute to close the financial gap. The total global investment requirement for water infrastructure is estimated to be 7,500 billion dollar until 2030. Only 6,300 billion dollar is projected to be available, leaving a financing gap of 1,200 billion dollar.

On the occasion of the signing of the agreement at the AIWW Summit Van Gaalen said: ‘The development of new business models including return-on-investments can make an important contribution to closing this gap.’

He specially mentioned the sanitation sector. ‘Nobody likes to pay for getting rid of his poop, so the business model must be in creating sellable end products such as biogas, compost and fertilizer’.

dws-aiww-summit-2018-new-agreement-oliviet-kruize-simon-350px Signing of the Amsterdam Agreement by SIAAP managing director Jacques Olivier (left) and Waternet managing director Roelof Kruize (right). Witnessing the signing is director Jörg Simon of Berliner Wasserbetriebe who signed an agreement with Waternet last year. 

Collaboration between Amsterdam-Paris-Berlin
The other Amsterdam Agreement signed was between the water utilities of Amsterdam (Waternet) and Paris (SIAAP). Both utilities have identified areas on which they want to collaborate on development of new knowledge.

According to SIAAP managing director Jacques Olivier his company has already MoUs with water utilities in developing countries on sharing technical assistance and now SIAAP wants to expand this to major cities in developed countries.

‘We want to start small with Berlin and Amsterdam and see the results first’, Olvier said on the occasion.

Present at the occasion was also Jörg Simon, director of Berliner Wasserbetriebe. His utility signed an Amsterdam Agreement at the AIWW in 2017. Simon said to look forward to Paris joining the collaboration.

Reporting on progress
One of the specific items of the Amsterdam Agreement is that the parties report back to the AIWW Conference Community on their progress and lessons-learned.

At the AIWW Summit a short update on all nine Amsterdam Agreements was given:
● Human Cities Coalition, involving Arcadis, Witteveen+Bos, Fugro, Sweco, Deltares and AkzoNobel on an action agenda for inclusive urban development with the inclusion of social and human components in procurement design.
● Blue Deal, involving all 21 Dutch regional water authorities and two Dutch ministries on the development and implementation of 40 water basin plans around the world, providing safe water for 20 million people.
● Water in the circular economy, involving KWR and Dutch water supply companies to jointly work on the transition to a circular water sector.
● Living with the sea, involving Dutch coastal cities IJmuiden and Velsen and research institutes Wageningen Marine Research and Deltares, on showcasing new coastal defence scheme in a field lab situation.
● Upscale water resource recovery, involving Allied Waters, AquaMinerals and KWR on the cycling up of waste streams from water treatment into sellable products.

All parties will again report on their progress at the next international AIWW Conference that takes place in Amsterdam in November 2019.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
AIWW Summit 2018: How to speed up climate adaptation globally? https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34141-aiww-summit-2018-how-to-speed-up-climate-adaptation-globally.html dws-aiww-summit-2018-chruszczow-770px"The impact of climate change will not be alleviated by talking. Action by every country must be the only response", said Poland’s special climate envoy Thomasz Chruszczow at the AIWW Summit 2018 held in Rotterdam the Netherlands on 15 November.

Chruszczow (on top photo) made his remark on the eve of the COP24 climate meeting that will start in Katowice, Poland on 3 December.

dws-aiww-summit-2018-round-table-scaling-funds-350px  Summit participants discussed several water issues at round tables, including the scale up of financing.

More output oriented
His call for action hit the very essence of the AIWW Summit as one of the main issues discussed was how to boost action on climate adaptation globally, with water-related disasters such as floods and droughts to be tackled quickly.

The AIWW Summit was a bridging event between the former Amsterdam International Water Week Conference held in 2017 and the next one to be held in November 2019.

The organisers wanted to pick up ideas and support to make the next AIWW Conference even more practical and more output oriented.

Economic carbon storage
A way to boost climate adaptation is to combine it with climate mitigation, said Chruszczow who advocated a global policy to store more carbon in nature. "Biosystems are the best atmospheric carbon capturing and storing installations", the Polish climate envoy said at the AIWW Summit.

"This is the only sustainable, durable and economic Carbon Capture and Storage technology. This is why protection of existing bio-resources and restoration of degraded land is so important".

Chruszczow called for a balanced climate agenda that addresses both economic development, as well as protection of biodiversity, forests, wetlands and water resources.

dws-aiww-summit-2018-whyatt-350px Lydia Whyatt of Resonance Asset Management suggested to tap into the financing by young and engaged people and get them mobilized as an alternative for classical project investors that avoid risks..

Financial pipelines
One of the panel discussions focused on the issue of financing the more sustainable economic development as envisioned by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

According to the financial sector there is plenty of money sitting out there to be invested but there are not enough projects. On the other hand, initiators of projects say they had to stop due to a lack of finance.

Very much aware of the financial gap is Dutch pension fund PGGM that is used to invest in large and riskless projects. "As a pension fund, we seek new ways to blend our finance of projects with other finance sources", said Piet Klop of Dutch pension fund PGGM. The blending involves other investors and can spread the risk.

However, this blending, especially of smaller projects, is costly Klop told. "Therefore we are now seeking ways to standarise this blending so we can reduce our project costs".

In his reflection on the panel discussion, Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink warned not to get lost in the debate on creating this financial pipeline. "It is too urgent", Ovink said.

dws-aiww-summit-2018-manfredi2-350px  Veronica Manfredi urged the European Union and national governments to take more cross-cutting inttiatives, by combining water-agriculture and water-health.

Cross cutting issues
Director for quality of life, Veronica Manfredi, of the European commission looked beyond the European elections in May next year.

"We know the global targets and we need to speed up", said Manfredi. She urged Europe to reform its governmental systems in order to be able to address the global agenda as cross-cutting issues. "I hope the next European Commission will drive the acceleration and combine issues such as water-health, water-social inclusion, water-green jobs and water-ecosystem services."

Manfredi praised the Dutch approach to involve stakeholders at an early stage, "Involving more parties lowers the risk and increases the impact". 

dws-aiww-summit-2018-verkooijen-350px CEO Patrick Verkooijen of the Global Centre on Adaptation advocated wholesale brokerages of solution sets.

Importance of summits
CEO Patrick Verkooijen of the Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) mentioned the role of summits to create momentum for more action.

"It is not only about the climate. It is also about finance", Verkooij said, referring to the study by the World Bank that the certain regions may face a 6 percent loss of GDP because of climate changes.

"Use these economic effects in your talks to persuade finance ministers", he advised.

Verkooijen called upon the water community of the Amsterdam International Water Week Conference to join forces with his centre on climate adaptation.

Wholesale solutions
"The climate debate should be about scale and speed. Let us look at the possibilities to scale up water projects as solutions brokers, bringing together organisations, governments, private sector and think tanks for wholesale solutions to a particular solution set", he offered.

Verkooij saw two big opportunities for next year as his centre will present its first document on speeding up global adaptation at the next United Nation’s General Assembly in September, and the AIWW that will hold its next conference on global water issues in November next year.

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Global Center on Adaptation
Rotterdam/Groningen, the Netherlands

Netherlands Water Partnership
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 3700

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Royal HaskoningDHV to design Colombia’s first two navigation locks https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34112-royal-haskoningdhv-to-design-colombia-s-first-two-navigation-locks.html dws-rhdhv-canal-del-dique-lock-impression-660px
Dutch engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV has been appointed by the Colombian government to design two navigational locks at both ends of the Canal del Dique, a 114 km-long navigation route connecting Cartagena Bay, on the coast, to the Magdalena river.

It will be Colombia’s first locks. The pre-construction phase of the project is due to begin in June 2019.

dws-rhdhv-canal-del-dique-aerial-350px The 400-years old Canal del Dique is being reconstructed as part of a strategic plan, including navigation, flood prevention and nature conservation.

Flood prevention, navigation and eco restoration
Royal HaskoningDHV is involved in a wider scheme for the reconstruction of the 400-year old canal.

In December 2010, the banks along the Canal del Dique burst, flooding dozens of villages, rendering almost 100,000 people homeless and destroying crops and important infrastructure.

The Government of Colombia asked Royal HaskoningDHV to address this flooding with an integrated scheme that included inland navigation and restorations of the wetlands on both sides of the canal.

Strategic plan
These first two navigation locks for Colombia are complemented by other hydraulic works like new dikes, inlets, outlets, reinforcements of existing protection levees and road infrastructure.

Edgar Ortiz Pabón, Manager of the Adaptation Fund, said: "The Canal del Dique macro-project is a strategically important project and the execution of the second Phase will definitively restore this ecoregion".

Royal HaskoningDHV’s solution reduces inflow of water and sediment into the Canal del Dique and manages water levels to ensure flood safety, while significantly improving and restoring deteriorated ecosystems.

dws-rhdhv-canal-del-dique-levee-350px The levees along the canal are being reinforced, following the bursts in December 2010.

Digital engineering
For the design of the full project, RoyalHaskoningDHV developed 1D, 2D and 3D models to simulate hydraulics, water quality, sediment transport and morphological changes in the project area. To build these numerical models, new data was collected by bathymetric surveys (total 1,350km) and topographic surveys using LIDAR (project area 1,920km2).

To optimize these numerical models, hydro-sedimentological measurements were carried out including extensive measurement to determine discharges, sediment concentrations, salinity intrusion and several water quality parameters under different hydrological conditions.

Following an extensive baseline study including other technical, environmental and social studies covering all villages and ecosystems, several solution strategies were proposed.

Two locks
The approved solution consists of a 250-meter-long navigation lock and a 60-meter-wide inlet structure at Calamar to reduce and control the inflow of water and sediments into Canal del Dique, resulting in flood protection for the complete system.

Additionally, closure of the Canal del Dique itself at Puerto Badel will restore the ecological system in the bay of Cartagena. A second lock will maintain navigation between Magdalena River and Cartagena harbour.

The whole plan making for the scheme has been carried out by Consorcio Dique, a joint venture of Royal HaskoningDHV from the Netherlands and Gomez Cajiao (company of Setec) from Colombia.

The whole project is being executed by Fondo Adaptación , entity of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit in Colombia.

This news iem was originally published on the website of Royal HaskoningDHV.

(Photos: Royal HaskoningDHV)

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Country: Colombia

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+31 88 348 20 00 

See a video impression of the locks as published on the website of the Fondo Adaptación. 

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
World Toilet Day: Sarphati sanitation award 2019 opens call for nominees https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34119-world-toilet-day-sarphati-sanitation-award-2019-opens-call-for-nominees.html dws-world-toilet-day-poster2-770px-1
Today is World Toilet Day, to inspire action to end the global sanitation crises with over 2.5 billion people that do not have access to basic toilets.

On the occasion of today’s event, Dutch foundation Aqua for All and not-for-profit organisation World Waternet call upon the global sanitation sector to provide tips for potential candidates for the two Sarphati sanitation awards 2019.

One award is for a promising entrepreneur and a second one is for a life time achievement.

dws-world-toilet-day-sarphati-winners-2017-350px  Winners of the previous Sarphati awards at the Amsterdam International Water Week in 2017.

Decentralized solutions
The Sarphati sanitation awards 2019 will be handed out for the fourth time during the Amsterdam International Water Week in November next year.

The theme of 2019 is integrated, decentralized sanitation solutions for urban context: affordable systems that bridge the gap between wastewater & human waste collection, and transportation & recycling/re-use of materials.

Next Sarphati
The award is called after doctor Samuel Sarphati (1813 – 1866) who lived in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and initiated several projects to improve the quality of life in the city and the health of its inhabitants.

This included the introduction of the collection of faeces in the city, to be used outside of the city as fertilizer to grow tomatoes.

Aqua for all and World Waternet call upon the next Sarphati: an entrepreneur and innovator who forced a breakthrough for an integrated system with a clear Sanitation Value Chain strategy.

dws-world-toilet-day-sarphati-ernes-350px Director Sjef Ernes of Aqua for All announcing the 2019-awards at the AIWW-Summit in Rotterdam on 15 November.

When nature calls….
This years theme of the World Toilet Day is ‘When nature calls…’. Human faeces, on a massive scale, is not being captured or treated – contaminating the water and soil that sustain human life.

‘We are turning our environment into an open sewer’, warns director Sjef Ernes of Aqua for All. ‘We must build toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems. The Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2019 are all about integrated, decentralized sanitation solutions for urban context: affordable systems.’

Ernes continues: ‘With his entrepreneurial spirit doctor Sarphati was able to demonstrate that money could be made by collecting and moving human waste out of the city. He knew how to link different public and private parties and inspire others to become involved and continue contributing to finding sustainable solutions to the sanitation challenge.’

In this spirit, Aqua for All and World Waternet seek nominees for the Sarphati sanitation awards 2019. The deadline for submissions is 1 July 2019.

This 4th edition of the Sarphati awards is organized in cooperation with the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Read more details on the awards: www.aquaforall.org/sarphati.

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The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 7200 870

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Video presentation on the Dutch diamond approach of the sanitation issue, as shown for the first time at AIWW Summit in Rotterdam on 15 November.



Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Dutch consortium signs agreement on 3-year support by Urban-Water-Logistics Yangon, Myanmar https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34092-dutch-consortium-signs-agreement-on-3-year-support-by-urban-water-logistics-yangon-myanmar.html dws-yangon-consortium-uwly-770px
A coalition of Dutch companies and organisations signed an agreement to jointly invest and collaborate in a 3-year programme to support the Yangon Regional Government of Myanmar, in addressing critical challenges related to urban water and water logistics.

On the 31st of October, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Wouter Jurgens, presented the agreement to the Regional Chief Minister of Yangon, Phyo Min Thein.

The presentation coinciding with a 3-day innovation challenge in which 40 students from universities across Myanmar, developed and presented their own personal ideas for a more sustainable and resilient Yangon.

dws-yangon-consortium-uwly-young-prof-challenge-350px  Forty students participated in the Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge on water related assignments, including topics as Smart Port and Htee City. (Photo: Twitter)

Delivering on a promise
The agreement delivers on a promise by the coalition to regional chief minister Phyo Min Thein, in June this year, when he visited the Netherlands.

During that visit, he requested Dutch expertise and advise on key topics related to Urban Water: water supply, water resources, water governance and water innovation; and Water Logistics: Yangon sea port, river transport, river dredging and river tunnelling.

Multidisciplinary team
The Urban-Water-Logistics Yangon (UWLY) coalition is led by The Water Agency and consists of a multidisciplinary team of organisations, including Bosch Slabbers, CDR International, Doh Eain, Resilience, Royal HaskoningDHV, U.Minds, Van Oord and Witteveen+Bos.

The coalition is further supported with expertise from knowledge partners AMS Institute, TU Delft, Port of Rotterdam and Waternet.

dws-yangon-consortium-uwly-river-dala-350px River bank of the city of Yangon. (Photo: Commons/Wikipedia)

Water Agency
The Water Agency is a network orchestrator for the international water sector. It builds and develops networks of water professionals around the world.

Activating these networks, we create unique value by connecting people and organisations, facilitating knowledge exchange and driving co-creation and innovation among the members.

The network organisation operates in Singapore, Australia, Indonesia and Myanmar.

This news item was originally published on the ebsites of CDR Internastional and World Waternet.

(Top photo: Waternet)

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Water as Leverage: Energetic first round design workshops in Chennai, Khulna and Semarang https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34055-water-as-leverage-energetic-first-round-design-workshops-in-chennai-khulna-and-semarang.html dws-wal-chennai-round-table-770px
‘We need to convert the energy in this room to actual implementable projects’, said Shantha Sheela Nair in Chennai, India, at one the three design workshops organised by the programme Water as Leverage for resilient cities Asia. 

Sheela Nair, former servant at the Chennai municipality, sharply summarised the high energy level at the Chennai workshop, that was also present at the other two workshops.

This first round of design workshops took place Semarang, Indonesia (3-4 September), Chennai, India (6-7 September, on top photo) and in Khulna, Bangladesh (10-11 October). The second follow up round of workshops is scheduled for late November and early December.

dws-wal-chennai-ovink-sheela-nai-350px  Shantha Sheela Nair (right) talking to special Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink at the workshop in Chennai, India.

Multidisciplinary teams
The Water as Leverage initiative focusses on solving the water issues in the three Asian cities by the formation of multidisciplinary urban design teams.

Earlier this year experts, firms and organisations had the opportunity to propose unconventional urban designs to trigger the local communities to solve their water problems.

Per city, two multidisciplinary teams have been tasked to meet the local stakeholders and hold a workshop to better understand the local needs and develop a better insight on vulnerabilities, threats and interdependencies.

Catalysing change
The first round of workshops - with a mix of working sessions, presentations, knowledge sharing and networking - unraveled many opportunities for intervention.

In energising round table sessions, the teams discussed their visions, using maps to visualise their specific approach to catalyse change.

The Water as Leverage initiative seeks to fully understand the complexity of urban water challenges and to explore solutions that can be implemented as part of the wider urban development, such as new road constructions, district upgrading projects, river restorations, waterfront developments and creation of green-blue areas.

dws-wal-first-round-semarang-workshop-350px Serious talks on the water challenges in Semarang, Indonesia, such as the urgent need to stop the soil subsidence and to counter the inland flash floods.

Local water challenges
In Semarang (Indonesia), the two design teams, consisting of local and international experts, worked on the urban and water related challenges through community presentations, discussions with local government and exchanges between team members and experts.

In Chennai (India) that workshop was characterised by a relevant mix of in-depth team discussions with high-level government officials and personal stories told by community representatives about the challenges they face on a daily basis.

In Khulna (Bangladesh), the two teams already had been working on their research for more than a month, so the focus of the workshop was to take their first findings a step further in small groups with all relevant stakeholders. And similar to the other workshops, it was all about working together and informing the different stakeholders on the innovative and transformative character of the Water as Leverage programme.

dws-wal-first-round-kulhna-workshop-350px  All participants of the first Water as Leverage design workshop in Khulna, Bangladesh.

Second round
The six teams are now in close contact with the local stakeholders and deepen their research and collecting of sources to further shape their conceptual designs.

The results will be presented, discussed, verified and clarified during the next local design workshops in the three cities (Chennai 26 and 27 November; Semarang 29 and 30 November; Khulna 3 and 4 December).

The teams are expected to have their final proposals ready by April 2019.

This news item was originally published on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO.nl).
(photos: Twitter)

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The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 379 80 00

Special Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink explains in this video the initiative Water as leverage during the workshop in Chennai, India.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Environment Agency officially opens new flood tidal area along river Tees, UK https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34032-environment-agency-officially-opens-new-flood-tidal-area-along-river-tees-uk.html dws-bam-teesside-flood-area-aerial-700px
The Environment Agency has completed a vital new Teesside flood scheme which benefits local residents and businesses and provides a significant boost to local wildlife. 

The 16 million pound flood scheme results in the protection of 350 homes and 32 businesses at the mouth of the river, near the North Sea. The old levee has been breached and a new levee has been build further back.

This allows the new area to fill up with sea water, creating more than 36 hectares of new inter-tidal habitat.

Contractor BMMJV, a joint venture by BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald, carried out the work on behalf of the Environment Agency.

dws-bam-teesside-flood-area-breaching-350px   One of the final works was the construction of a breach in the old levee at Greatham Creek.

Involvement by industry and conservation groups
The Environment Agency joined forces with local industry to build the scheme with multinational company SABIC UK contributing some of the funding and INOVYN ChlorVinyls offering land to allow the creation of the new habitat.

Throughout the project the Environment Agency has worked closely with the RSPB and Natural England to create a scheme which maximises benefits for the internationally designated habitat which includes rare birds as well as seals.

The new habitats also feature both a brand new bird hide and seal hide to give nature-lovers a close-up view of these stunning local species.

Multiple benefits
Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, said: "Floods destroy lives and livelihoods. This project is a perfect example of how flood schemes can benefit everyone: communities, businesses and wildlife."

"We have worked closely with our partners", Bevan continued, "to design a scheme which will provide better flood protection for years to come whilst also helping bird and seal populations to thrive."

Chris Francis, Senior Site Manager at RSPB Saltholme, said: "Over the years much of the valuable natural habitat of Tees Estuary has been lost to industry and agriculture. The breaching of the old flood defence means that a large area will be reconnected to the estuary and will eventually return to its natural saltmarsh". 

This news item was originally published on the website of BAM International and UK Government.

(Photo: UK/Environment Agency)

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Environment Agency's Phil Marshall talks about the Teesside flood scheme in more detail.


Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
IRC and Unicef launch online platform on water facilities in schools https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34007-irc-and-unicef-launch-online-platform-on-water-facilities-in-schools.html dws-irc-wash-in-schools-poster-770px
IRC and Unicef have come together to create an online platform where practitioners can find, share and store the most useful information for their work on WASH in schools. Functioning water and sanitation facilities in schools is a life-saving issue and failure to provide these services to children has impact far beyond the classroom.

Helping practitioners in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector gain access to the most relevant materials online ensures that the best approaches are used and that support to schools increases as we move towards 2030.

dws-irc-wash-in-schools-examples-450px  Three examples of the many documents that can be downloaded from the dedicated website Wash in schools.

Relevant documents
Working with professional search, user experience and digital design agencies, IRC and Unicef have designed a site which allows for fast and simple access to a range of relevant documents and one which can respond to future needs.

Both organisations want to bridge the gap between the fast moving world of online forums and maintaining long-term access to useful information online.

School Wash-index
The new Wash in Schools Index has search, filter, share, and contribute functions as well as outreach and thematic news on WASH in Schools, with latest and most popular documents from users alongside an Index Library.

IRC and Unicef invite everybody to sign up, contribute and use the new WASH in Schools Index as a reliable and up-to-date source!

Go to the website: www.washinschoolsindex.com

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

(Photo: Wash in Schools - IRC/Unicef)

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The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 4000

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
AIWW Summit 2018: Let’s discuss the different ways people think about water https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/34012-aiww-summit-2018-let-s-discuss-the-different-ways-people-think-about-water.html dws-aiww-summit-papacharalampo-770px-1
‘All aspects of life shape the way you think about water. Whether it’s about religion, culture, economics or just the way a person is raised or educated’, says Chrysoula Papacharalampou just prior to the AIWW Summit that will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on 15 November.

Papacharalampou is young professional ambassador of the Amsterdam International Water Week and she will be one of the speakers at the summit. She will reflect on the human side of the current water issues.

The AIWW Summit bridges the last AIWW Conference that took place in 2017, and preludes on the next one, coming up in November 2019.

dws-aiww-summit-arena-ywp2-2017-350px  Join the arena! Here seen the arena of the young water professionals at the AIWW in 2017.

Many different water identities
Papacharalampou has a diverse and policy-driven background in water research and will talk at the summit on the different water identities that people have.

The AIWW summit revolves around global water issues and experts from all over the world are expected to gather and share their ideas on these issues.

Coming from different continents and having different cultural roots, it is important to recognize the different water identities all these experts bring into the dialogues at the summit.

‘Your water identity is the way a person is shaped by aspects of life they didn’t determine themselves, but which do influence the way we think about water’, she adds.

dws-aiww-summit-papacharalampou-2015-350px Chrysoula Papacharalampou (second right) visiting the AIWW in 2015 as a PhD research student together with her colleagues of the University of Bath (UK).

Reshape thinking about water
Papacharalampou moved from Greece to the UK. She had to reshape her thinking about water and had to reshape it again after she moved to the Netherlands.

‘People in the Netherlands live with water. It made me aware of the existence of water identities and how this differs per person.’

Whether it’s about religion, culture, economics or just the way a person is raised or educated: all aspects of life shape the way you think about water.

According to Papacharalampou, these aspects should be narrowed down and taken into account, when discussing global water security issues.

Eventually, it will increase the understanding why and how countries are handling their water issues.

New generation
As Young Professional Ambassador, Papacharalampou wants to create and mobilize a community of young people in order to get things done.

‘Every generation wants to do things differently. My generation lives in a time where there’s an overload of information. It sometimes is a struggle to narrow it all down. On the other hand, we can also reach out to each other easily. This enables us to collaborate and communicate better and really get things done’.

Papacharalampou will be interviewed during AIWW Summit 2018 Leadership sessions between 13:00 and 14:15 hrs.

See the full programme and register on the AIWW Summit website.

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● Expertise: Resilient cities, Enabling delta life, Water for all and Water technology

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Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Wetlands International supports Mongolia’s battle to save its peatland https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33977-wetlands-international-supports-mongolia-s-battle-to-save-its-peatland.html dws-wetlands-mongolia-aerial-adb-770px-1
Wetlands International developed a Strategic Plan for peatland restoration and sustainable management in Mongolia, funded by the Asian Development Bank. The development of the plan include a rapid assessment study and a demonstration pilot project on peatlands management and restoration.

dws-wetlands-mongolia-peatland-350px  Wetlands in Mongolia are vanishing rapdily.

Overgrazing, mining and fires
The peatlands of Mongolia used to cover almost 2 percent of the country and now they are rapidly vanishing, because of overgrazing of peatland based pastures and mining for subsoil resources.

Combined with increased periods of drought causing forest fires and permafrost thawing, thousands of hectares of peatlands have been lost in the Orkhon, Ider and Onon valleys and Darkhat intermountain basin and a number of other areas.

Poor status wet ecosystems
Current information regarding the distribution, natural functions, threats, and status of peatlands in Mongolia is poor and insufficient.

Being located in large river valleys and highlands, these naturally wet ecosystems accumulate a lot of precipitation, serving as water storage basins.

As such they maintain wet habitats and pastures, feed rivers, prevent soil erosion, maintain levels of groundwater necessary for forest and crop growth, and keep wells full of water.

dws-wetlands-mongolia-peatland-goats-350px Overgrazing is one of the reasons why the peatland dissapears (photo: Wetlands-/P. van Eijk)

Key stakeholders
Wetlands International and its partners implemented a rapid assessment study, contributed to enhancing capacity of key stakeholders at the national and local levels, and assisted to enable nationwide dialogue with stakeholders to facilitate the national priority actions for sustainable peatlands management in Mongolia.

The strategic planning had been supported by a demonstration pilot project on peatlands management and restoration.

The pilot demonstrated a possible peatland management approach developed together with local herders.

Large source CO2-emissions
The carbon emissions from Mongolia’s peatlands are estimated at up to 45 million tons per year which makes Mongolia the seventh largest global emitter of CO2 from degrading peatlands.

These are not yet included in Mongolia’s total net GHG greenhouse gas communications, which in 2006 amounted to only 15.6 million tons of CO2 equivalent, largely from the energy sector.

Wetlands International came with a proposal to assist Mongolia in integration of peatlands related activities in the next version of the nation’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) that defines its emission reductions contributing to the Paris agreement.

The project is implemented by the Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism in collaboration with the Institute of General and Experimental Biology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Geography of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, MonMap Ltd and SarVision.

This news item was originally published on the website of Wetlands International.

(Photos:ADB/Nyambayar Batbayar, Wetlands International/P. van Eijk)

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Ede, the Netherlands
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Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
London identified as most balanced city in Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2018 https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33961-london-identified-as-most-balanced-city-in-arcadis-sustainable-cities-index-2018.html dws-arcadis-cities-index-2018-london-770px-1
London tops the 2018-edition of the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index, ranking second in both People and Profit as well as ranking 11th in the Planet sub-index. London is one of a few high performing balanced cities in the Index with similar scores across the three pillars. Many renowned cities score high on their economic performance but lag behind on their social and environmental performances. Consultancy firm Arcadis published its 2018-edition of the index on 30 October.

dws-arcadis-cities-index-2018-top15-350px  Top 15 of world's most sustainable cities according to the Arcadis index 2018.

Top ten
European cities dominate the top of the overall Index, occupying eight of the top ten spots, with Singapore and Hong Kong complementing the top ten as Asian representatives.

The index ranks 100 global cities on three pillars of sustainability: People (social), Planet (environment) and Profit (economic). The three pillars are closely aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

More in-depth understanding
‘We seek to understand in more depth how different cities enable different citizen groups to meet their particular needs’, writes Global Cities Director John Batten at Arcadis in the preface of this year’s report.

‘It is important to look at how cities maintain services at current levels of performance as they evolve’, Batten continues, ‘specifically if they use innovation to ensure that currently recognized needs and wants are met.

Batten also addresses the importance for cities to allocate new resources to meet changing citizen requirements.

dws-arcadis-cities-index-2018-batten350px John Batten of Arcadis closely follows the innovations of cities to meet the needs and wants of their citizens.

Cities at risk
Across the Index, many cities are at risk to natural catastrophes. Even top 10 cities like Munich have a high exposure to flood risk.

A natural disaster monitoring indicator has been added to assess how early warning technology is being used to mitigate these risks.

The indicator highlights that the 10 cities with the greatest risk exposure don't have early warning systems. Interestingly, some cities with the lowest risk profile including Calgary and Ottawa, have highly developed warning systems, demonstrating the extent to which some cities are prepared to invest in their citizen’s longterm quality of life.

Successful path
According to the report, cities need to focus on well planned long-term resilience, even if they are subject to short-term changes and trends. The successful path to long-term resilience requires the support and involvement of citizens, while at the same time, cities can also learn from each other.

Download the report from the special web page: Sustainable Cities Index 2018.

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

(top photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Wetskills Kyrgyzstan: Winning case on smart financing of sustainable irrigation by farmers https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33968-wetskills-kyrgyzstan-winning-case-on-smart-financing-of-sustainable-irrigation-by-farmers.html dws-wetskills-kyrgystan-winning-team-770px
‘Producing electricity to provide funds for water infrastructure by reinvesting money to be used by local farmers, instead of import and loans’, grabs the core of the concept for financing the irrigation sector in Kyrgyzstan, said the jury when it announced the winning Russian-Dutch team of the Wetskills Water Challenge in Kyrgyzstan.

The final of the challenge took place at the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University in Bishkek on 26 October.

dws-wetskills-kyrgyzstan-pitch-350px  Students and young water professionals from the Netherlands, Germany, China and Kyrgyzstan pitched their ideas on how to solve real water problems in Kyrgyzstan.

Aging irrigation infrastructure
Kyrgyzstan is a water abundant country but its Infrastructure for irrigation, like canals and pumping stations, often date back to the Soviet era in the 1950s.

Because the infrastructure is so old, systems are in dire need of rehabilitation to prevent further deterioration of the irrigation infrastructure.

To be able to finance the modernization, the winning team (on top photo) came up with a concept to fund investments in the Kyrgyz water sector, focusing on hydropower development and the use of crowdfunding.

The concept suggests the creation of water reservoirs, owned by farmers, for the production of hydropower to generate income. The water in the reservoirs can be used by the farmers for their own irrigation.

Transparency to potential investors
The interesting aspect is that the team considers crowdfunding as an important element to create ownership for farmers and generate more transparency.

This can attract more international investors, although the team especially eyed the diaspora of Kyrgyzstan. Living outside the country, these former inhabitants of Kyrgyzstan are keen to invest in and support their home country.

dws-wetskills-kyrgyzstan-field-trip-350px One of the field trips to an irrigation area where the participants had meetings and discussions with the farmers.

A two-week pressure cooker
The winning concept was developed in a two-week pressure cooker event by the team ‘Watek’, consisting of Jibek Turgunbaeva (Kyrgyz National Agrarian University (KNAU)), Zarina Kaarova (Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture), Jamalidin Sadridin Uulu (Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University) and Bas Merten (Wageningen University, Netherlands).

The jury had a hard time choosing a winner between the five water-related out-of-the-box solutions of the 25 students and young professionals from the The Netherlands, Germany, China and Kyrgyzstan.

Next Wetskills events
Coming up Wetskills Challenges are:
● 3rd Wetskills India 2019 in Ghandinagar, January 7, 2019 - January 20, 2019
● 1st Wetskills Lesotho 2019, January 27, 2019 – February 9, 2019

About Wetskills
The Wetskills Water Challenge is a two-week pressure cooker programme for students and young professionals with a passion for water from all over the world.

In transdisciplinary and transcultural teams they work together on water-related challenges. Their assignment: develop innovative and out-of-the-box solutions for water challenges in a fast-changing world. The challenges are real life and cover local cases from companies and (governmental) organisations within the water sector.

This news item was originally published on the websites of Wetskills and Kyrgyz National Agrarian University (in Russian only).

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Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
First plastic collected in the heart of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/33937-first-plastic-collected-in-the-heart-of-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch.html dws-ocean-cleanup-pacific-patch-770px
The Ocean Cleanup has collected its first plastic with the U-shaped floating system in the hearth of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This was reported by CEO Boyan Slat on his twitter account on 24 October. Slat also posted a picture of the first plastic ‘trapped’ by the boom.

dws-ocean-cleanup-pacific-plastic-770px  The first plastic 'trapped' by The Ocean Cleanup in the U-shaped floating boom in the hearth of the biggest garbage patch of the Great Pacific Ocean.

Special moment
The cleanup system arrived at the garbage patch on 17 October and within one day it was operational. ‘A big milestone that we have been waiting for a long time’, said project manager Henk van Dalen on the occasion.

The project started in 2014 when, then 19-year-old Boyan Slat, initiated a feasibility study for the removal of plastic garbage from hotspots in the Pacific Ocean.

Floating freely on wind and waves
‘During the trials we mainly tested the hydrodynamic behaviour of the systems’, Van Dalen continued in his update. ‘We let it flow freely so wind and wave could propel the system forward as we predicted’. Van Dalen: ‘We also reoriented the system, in order to see if it would reposition itself back into the way the wind and waves were acting’.

According to Van Dalen the weather changed during the trials so the system could also be tested under different circumstances.

‘We are still learning every day but we are very positive as we see great results’, he concluded his update.

(Photos: The Ocean Cleanup/Twitter)

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Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Video report: project manager Henk van Dalen explains how the System 001 behaved during the trials on the Pacific that preceded the current real cleanup.

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100