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Climate-proof cities and circular economy require an integrated approach

Amsterdam International Water Week, 2-6 November 2015

In 2050 the larger part of the global population will be living in delta cities, vulnerable to flooding. The amount of clean water in the world will be insufficient within several decennia if we do not act. During the Amsterdam International Water Week from 2 to 6 November, over 25,000 international water professionals will meet to discuss and approach these urgent global water problems.

With EU commissioner Karmenu Vella, Minister Schultz van Haegen, Mayor Van der Laan, mayors and representatives of 13 international cities, Heineken, Arcadis, Kimberly Clark, Mc Kinsey, the World bank, the European Investment Bank and het World Resources Institute.

Water risk nr. 1
The World Economic Forum addressed Water ‘Risk nr 1: ’If we continue on the current path, the livelihood of two milliard people in 2050 and four milliard in 2080 is being threatened. 90% of all natural disasters is related to water. Therefore transition to a circular economy and a climate proof urban area is crucial. Being world leader in integrated solutions, the Netherlands has invited the experts essential to induce this transition to come to Amsterdam: from civil engineers to textile manufacturers from Bangladesh, from water technologist to investors.’


Press highlights during the Amsterdam International Water Week

Sunday 1 November:

Resilience is about people: Public opening of the Amsterdam International Water Week including the ‘Rainproof Rave and Ride’ on the Dam square.
14.00 – 15.30 hrs Dam square Amsterdam


Monday 2 November:

Guided boat trip though Amsterdam, including explanation of water and drainage system Amsterdam by Waternet, and description of trends and developments during AIWW and in the sector.
09.00 – 13.00 hrs starting point RAI Amsterdam.

Opening Amsterdam International Water Week
Key notes Minister Schultz van Haegen, EU-Commissioner Karmenu Vella, Vertivel Dhagumudi (Kimberly Clark) and Mayor Van der Laan.
15.30 hrs, RAI Amsterdam.

Ceremony Sarphati Sanitation Awards: who, like doctor Sarphati, has performed pioneering work in the water and sanitation field in the previous year?
Aquatech Innovation Awards Ceremony: the most promising and innovating products regarding water 


Tuesday 3 November:

12.00- 13.00 hrs, Presentation global groundwater resources
Deltares, World Resources Institute, University of Utrecht in the Holland Business Pavilion at the Aquatech

Water solutions for a sustainable textile industry 
16.00 - 17.20 hrs, RAI Amsterdam. 

How can textile be produced more sustainable and with a reduction of water usage? For many countries that is the biggest challenge for the textile industry. It is estimated that the textile sector uses approximately 1500 milliard litres of ground water per year. Currently the textile industry is the largest pollutant of ground water in for instance Bangladesh. Due to the increasing textile demand the level of ground water decreases with two metres per year in for instance Dhaka.

Securing water for Food innovations - pitch and picture
10:05 - 11:25 hrs, RAI Amsterdam.

How can an agro technological innovation help small farmers in emerging/developing countries? The program Securing Water for Food supports innovations that can internationally be of use in sustainable and water saving food production. This workshop is in cooperation with US Agency for International Development (USAID).


Wednesday 4 November:

Resilient Cities Leaders forum: Chaired by water ambassador Henk Ovink, joined by representatives and mayors of 13 international cities. What do they need to tackle the future migration to urban areas? With an approaching climate change and increasing water scarcity?

Utility leaders forum: CEO’s of global urban drink and waste water supply design a ‘roadmap’ to a circular future with water reuse, nutrient revenues from waste water.

Industry leaders forum: CEO’s and investors on industrial water use and water risks.

The leaders fora cannot be attended, but speakers interview requests can be submitted. 


Thursday 5 November:

Foreign delegation excursion to Dutch water innovations – possibility for press to join with:

  • Water purification ‘Nereda’ in Epe
  • Ceramic membrane drinking water plant in Andijk
  • Flood protection in Rotterdam and Amsterdam
  • The Amsterdam ‘Dune Water Machine’


2-6 November:

The Aquatech Trade Exhibition: over 800 suppliers offering solutions regarding water purification, water management, outstanding technology, pipefitting championships. 


Note for editor: For more information you can contact: Christina Boomsma, spokeswoman AIWW
Netherlands Water Partnership
+31 (0)70 3043709 // +31 (0)6 45761626

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