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13.03.2012: STREAM Policy Seminar “Achieving solutions for water scarcity and drought”, Marseille, France

Feb 1st, 2012 |

Brussels, 1. February 2011. On Tuesday, the 13th of March 2012 from 12.00 to 15.00, as a side event of the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille-France, the STREAM Project is organising its 2nd Policy Seminar “Achieving solutions for water scarcity and drought” at the Hall 3.

Water scarcity and drought are crucial challenges all around the world. In Europe, mainly the Southern and Eastern European regions are affected and climate change will only further exacerbate the severity and effects of water scarcity and droughts. European research shows that innovative technologies can be a great asset in addressing these challenges, reducing water consumption by up to 40%. A lot of these technologies do exist, but they face strong challenges to actually reach the market.

These challenges partly relate to current policies on water and therefore policy makers can play a large role in ensuring innovative water technologies will quicker reach the market and their full potential to address the water challenges is used. Therefore, the STREAM Policy Seminar will address the question how to use policy frameworks to promote the implementation of innovative technologies to reduce water consumption and thereby address the challenges of water scarcity and droughts.

The Seminar will include representatives from European and national politics, innovators, water-users and relevant European projects. The programme will give ample opportunity for interactive discussions with around 50% of the time reserved for panel-debates and discussions with the audience.

Participation in this Seminar is open and free of charge to all registered participants of the 6th World Water Forum. Lunch will be served during the Seminar. For organisational purposes, we would like to ask you to register for participating in the Seminar by simply leaving your name, organisation and e-mail address in the registration form on the STREAM website:

For more information on STREAM and updates on the Seminar programme:

For more information on the 6th World Water Forum:

If you have other questions on this Seminar, please contact Harro Riedstra (European Water Partnership) at

STREAM Project (Sustainable Technologies and Research for European Aquatic Management) is funded under the European Commission 7th 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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