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WRI Events at World Water Week 2017: Water and Waste – Reduce and Reuse

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues.

Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)World Water Week is a unique opportunity for individuals around the world— from experts and decision-makers to young professionals—to discuss the world's most pressing water issues and identify promising solutions. In 2016, over 3,200 individuals and around 330 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.

WRI looks forward to attending and engaging in this year's Word Water Week. Our staff will participate in the following events:

Water in The Circular Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

When: Sunday, August 27, 11:00-17:30 CEST

Where: FH 307

Description: This all-day seminar will discuss how wastewater can be thought of as part of a circular economy: one in which waste products become valuable resources. The seminar will consist of three sessions that will focus on different aspects of water in the circular economy.

Session 1: Leveraging the Circular Economy and Current Barriers, 11:00- 12:30

Session 2: Innovative Solutions within the Circular Economy, 14:00-15:30

Session 3: A Bold Vision for the Circular Economy, 16:00-17:30

WRI Staff: Betsy Otto


From Global Policy to Local Project: Managing Water Through NDCs

When: Sunday, August 27, 16:00-17:00 CEST

Where: NL Auditorium/Aulan

Description: Can global policy drive local sustainable water resource management decisions and projects? This session will discuss how global climate policy is reshaping both technical and political cooperation, synergies, and tensions between governance levels, sectors, policy areas, and countries.

WRI Staff: Betsy Otto


21st Century Technology: Bridging the Gap to Wastewater Reuse

When: Monday, August 28, 14:00 – 15:30 CEST

Where: NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen

Description: This session will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of water reuse and how technologies can drive effective, financially-successful reuse programs.

WRI Staff: Paul Reig


Rethink water. Reinvent business. Reframing the way businesses value water

When: Monday, August 28, 16:00-17:30 CEST

Where: FH Congress Hall A

Description: This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges of operationalizing circular principles for water management for business, with an emphasis on leveraging data and insights to inform smarter water management decisions and make the business case to shift from conservation to reuse and recycling.

WRI Staff: Paul Reig


Harnessing water risk tools: expanding our understanding of water waste

When: Tuesday, August 29, 9:00 – 10:30 CEST

Where: FH 300

Description: This session will share insights from tool developers on the evolution of global water risk tools, and case studies from companies and investors on how such tools have led to the successful implementation of water reduction and reuse activities. Furthermore, participants will learn about improvements in contextual water use and reuse information, what data is available, and how they can help measure contributions to shared water challenges by better managing the water-waste cycle. Finally, the session will conclude with new insights into the benefits and need for effective engagement in public policy and alignment with SDG 6 required to deliver shared benefits of water reuse projects worldwide.

WRI Staff: Paul Reig


The Role of Green Infrastructure Investments in Meeting Global Commitments

When: Tuesday, August 29, 11:00-12:30 CEST

Where: FH Congress Hall C

Description: Drawing on leading experts and practitioners from the environment, development and climate sectors, this session will convene a debate over the track-record and tools for structuring green infrastructure investments to achieve multiple benefits. Through cutting-edge science, innovative policies and case studies, the session will examine (1) how and where green infrastructure investments by the water sector can provide multiple benefits, (2) the potential for these investments to help meet global commitments such as the SDGs, the Paris Agreement and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and (3) best practices to address the financing, governance and capacity gaps to bring green infrastructure investments to a meaningful scale.

WRI Staff: Todd Gartner


EYE ON LAC: Green Infrastructure and the Circular Economy of Water

When: Wednesday, August 30, 9:00 – 10:30 CEST

Where: FH Congress Hall A

Description: This seminar will present water use efficiency programs from companies in the bottling, metal, cement and water service sectors. Implementing sustainable practices is part of their core business. Showcasing these best practices will help advance this agenda in the Latin American region and promote a comprehensive approach to managing the full water cycle.

WRI Staff: Todd Gartner


Empowering Local Communities with Social Accountability Tools

When: Wednesday August 30, 9:00-10:30 CEST

Where: NL 353

Description: With rapid economic growth comes increased water pollution, and the communities that rely on the world’s waterways for their health and economic wellbeing suffer dire consequences. This World Water Week Showcase spotlights WRI’s Strengthening The Right to Information for People and the Environment (STRIPE) project, which empowers communities to improve their environmental health by using their right to information and participation. Speakers will examine the disconnect between strong disclosure laws on the books and the barriers that prevent citizens from obtaining the water data they need in practice. The discussion will also outline steps that both governments and civil society can take to implement accessible, transparent disclosure systems.

WRI Staff: Carole Excell and Elizabeth Moses

Event Contact: Sophia Boehm


Circular Economy Cities: Transforming China and India's Urban Wastewater

When: Wednesday, August 30, 14:00 – 15:30

Where: NL Music Hall / Musiksalen

Description: This seminar will showcase WRI and its partners’ research on shifting the trend in waste management towards a circular economy by promoting resource recovery in China and India, and share practical experience in shifting policy toward waste-to-energy approaches at a broad scale. Speakers from the public sector and research institutions will share their perspectives on waste-to-energy issues and implications for achieving the 2030 Agenda.

WRI Staff: Vittal Boggaram, Lijin Zhong


Ecosystems, Water, and Human Health: the multiple dimensions of natural infrastructure solutions

When: Thursday, August 31, 11:00 – 12:30 CEST

Where: FH 307

Description: More innovative, water-focused, green infrastructure projects emerge each year, but for the most part these have yet to: 1) strategically and systematically take advantage of the potential to simultaneously address water and health challenges; or 2) explicitly design the combination of green and gray infrastructure that will be needed to meet 21st century water challenges. This session will discuss how mainstreaming integrated green+gray infrastructure in the water sector can also transform solutions for ecosystem protection, climate resilient cities, and the multiple dimensions of human health.

WRI Staff: Todd Gartner


Sustainable Water Partnership: Delivering Stability and Benefits Through Water Security

When: Thursday, August 31, 16:00 – 17:30

Where: FH Cabaret

Description: The session will first encourage audience review of the water security improvement process, and then hold a couple of panel sessions to discuss the importance of water security within the context of overall development, with the connections to food and energy security, environmental sustainability, socio-economic development and overall governance. Keynote panelists will represent private sector interests, donor perspectives, scientific knowledge, as well as development expertise. The session will also provide the opportunity for the SWP members to learn from the audience on specific examples and approaches to help contribute to overall knowledge generation to help achieve the SDGs.

WRI Staff: Betsy Otto

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