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Building Momentum for European Airports as Water Stewards

May 15th, 2013 |

25-26.04.2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Berlin, Germany

Water Stewardship at airports was one of the hot topics this year at Wasser Berlin International- the BLUE PLANET conference “AIRPORTS AS WATER STEWARDS: Managing Sustainability in Europe” was considered a success amongst attendees. The conference was presented in collaboration with EWP and Messe Berlin, with funding Berlin Senate Department for Economics Technology and Research and additional support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

The platform created by the conference on the 25th-26th of April in Berlin helped push water to the forefront of management priorities at airports. The discussion during breakout sessions highlighted the importance of addressing water performance per site, as regional, climatic, environmental and social factors all play huge roles.

The knowledge shared during the first day of the conference was then put into practice the following day on the runway of the newly constructed Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). Participants were able to directly explore the examples previously presented as they witnessed innovative new techniques for water saving and runoff management. See the following article for a more in depth look at the topics explored during the conference. For a full report on the conference please see the following link.

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AIRPORTS AS WATER STEWARDS Managing Sustainability in Europe Stage at Messe Berlin.

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Conference participants listen to presentation on the basic principles of Water Stewardship.

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Fritz Barth (EWP Chair) and Maria Gelin (Swedavia) listen to Sabine von Wirén-Lehr (EWS Director) speak on the conference panel.

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Conference participant gets ready for excursion to the Brandenburg Airport of Berlin.

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Excursion participants listen to explanations of a newly installed infiltration ditch for managing rainwater runoff.

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An aerial view provides participants with the opportunity to sense the full scope of water management at airports.

This event is part of the INNOWATER project, coordinated by EWP and supported by the European Commission, aiming at encouraging cooperation between water using industries and suppliers of innovative technologies.

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