WATER FOR ALL

Programme

Semi-plenary session

Water for all

Chairs: Dr. Ger Bergkamp (ARCOWA) & Dr. Inge Genné (VITO)

09h00
Urban water sector technological transitions and innovations towards 2030

To accelerate significant transitions in the water sector, new mechanisms of collaboration between businesses, technology suppliers, government and other stakeholders are needed. At the same time, different incentives, regulatory changes and financing will be required throughout the stages of adopting technology innovations. What are the latest experiences with new collaborative mechanisms for water transitions, and what are successful examples?

Alexis de Kerchove
09h15
Transforming agriculture water use through new technologies and innovations

As agriculture water use is the largest human consumptive water use world-wide, a transformation in the way we manage water for agriculture production is urgently required. Which technologies and innovations can reduce agriculture water abstraction and use, and start restoring some of the depleted resources? Which policy, regulation, standards and incentives are needed to have new technologies & innovations in farming water practices being adopted around the world?

Eduardo Mansur
09h30
Managing water through the lens of climate resilience

Managing water through the lens of climate resilience will be crucial to shaping transitions in water management that contribute to delivering the SDGs. In anticipation of more significant variability in the water cycle, periods of water scarcity, and increasing competition for water resources, we must focus on what is needed to make climate-resilient water management contribute to realising the SDGs. This entails innovations, technologies, new approaches, and covers both grey and green infrastructure solutions.

Mehdi Ahmadi
09h45
Interactive panel discussion

Deep dive

Water-Energy Nexus

Chairperson: Inge Genné

Smart water grids: can we overcome the Water-Energy Nexus?

14h00
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Deep dive on Water & Climate

Grey to green infrastructure

Chairperson: Ger Bergkamp

Grey to green infrastructure: can nature teach us climate resilience?

In this session, the focus will be on what is needed and what is and will be available to make water and climate resilient management contribute to realizing the SDGs. In interaction with the audience, keynote speaker and panelist will review and discuss how identified market ready technological solutions can contribute to water security and climate resiliency.

The output of this deep-dive session will be a factsheet describing the various drivers, challenges and opportunities for up-scaling market ready technologies that contribute to specific climate resilient water management. The discussions at G-STIC 2019 will set-up further work, in 2020, towards a ‘living overview’ of selected market ready technologies specific to climate resilient water management that can deliver on the water-related SDGs by 2030. The ‘living overview’ will form a contribution to the development of Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs.

15h30
Innovations for achieving the SDGs with climate resilient water infrastructure

Mehdi Ahmadi will elaborate on how water and climate resilient management will shape the transition in water management and contribute to delivering the SDGs. The focus will be on what is needed and what is and will be available to make water and climate resilient management contribute to realizing the SDGs. This will entail innovations, technologies, new approaches and cover both grey and green infrastructure solutions.

Mehdi Ahmadi
15h50
Interactive panel discussion

Moderators: Durk Krol, Executive Director, WSSTP (Belgium) and Ger Bergkamp (ARCOWA)

Panelists:

- Dr Hartwig Kremer, Senior Programme Officer, Head of the Global Environment Monitoring Unit, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

- Mrs Corinne Trommsdorf, Water Wise Cities, IWA – International Water Association

- Dr James Dalton, Director Water Programme, IUCN – The Union for the Conservation of Nature

- Richard Taylor, Chief Executive, International Hydropower Association

- Dr Tushaar Shah, Senior Fellow, International Water Management Institute

Durk Krol Ger Bergkamp
16h40
Concluding remarks

Dr Hong Li, Director, Science, Practice and Policy, IWA – International Water Association

Deep dive on Water & ICT

Digital water

Chairperson: Inge Genné

Digital water: can citizens contribute to put data into action?

17h00
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