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IWW Amsterdam: STREAM Policy Seminar on Urban Water Management

Nov 3rd, 2011 |

The STREAM Policy Seminar “State of the Art in Urban Water Management” took place on the 1st of November 2011 in the framework of the official programme of the International Water Week in Amsterdam (IWW).

The seminar aimed to show the current state of the European policy and research efforts on urban water management, as well as the best practices and challenges for practical implementation of sustainable water management in cities. The event brought politicians and researchers together to make sure that policies are based on the latest research, research is policy driven, and together they focus on the practical implementation of solutions.

The event was opened by the keynote speech of Arnaud Pinxteren, MP from the Brussels-Capital Region, who focused on the challenges on urban water management from a policy maker’s point of view and discussed the role of public authorities for urban water management such as guaranteeing drinking water to everyone, supporting the development of a quality urban living environment and ensuring transparency regarding costs and citizens participation.

Following his speech, the seminar was divided in two sessions. The first session was focused on Policy and Research developments and speakers from EU funded projects presented the state of the art of research and discussed how research can meet practice: Chris Jefferies from SWITCH, stated that “research is relevant only if it meets the needs of the city”; Wolfgang Rauch from DAnCE4Water focused on the importance of interlinkages of the systems and a balance between traditional ways and innovative ways to solve water issues; Wout de Vries from THESEUS, showed examples of flooded areas the project is studying and Frans van de Ven from Deltares and Delft Institute of Technology stated that “sustainable means better use of the resources we have” and not only negotiate with a lot of actors but also the need of making stakeholders being receptive.

The second session focused on practical examples of Sustainable Water Management in Cities and the challenges for implementation. The session was opened with an introduction to Water Stewardship Programme by Murray Biedler (also moderator of the event) from the European Water Partnership. Speakers from Sweden, Estonia, Poland and The Netherlands presented practical examples of projects and ideas to be implemented in urban water management and the challenges they meet.

Each presentation was followed by questions from the audience. Among the highlighted issues during the discussions were the need to consider cost effectiveness together with the use of advanced water technologies to be able to meet the perspectives of policy and research and the importance of the involvement of citizens in the processes, in order to have them realizing the need of innovation and technological change in urban water system.

The policy seminar was live streamed from the STREAM website. Its recording, as well as the programme, CVs of speakers and presentations are still accessible at Pictures will be soon available at stream website

Media contact: Ms. Tugce Tagmat:
STREAM Project Coordinator – MINERVA Consulting & Communication

STREAM Project (Sustainable Technologies and Research for European Aquatic Management) is funded under the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme – Environment. The project aims to support the development and the adoption of water technologies and raise awareness on the finding of research projects and address tailored information to specific categories of stakeholders.

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