EWP @ Stockholm World Water Week
Sep 2nd, 2014 |
Brussels, 2 September 2014. Over 2,500 politicians, business leaders, innovators, thought leaders and practitioners gather since last Saturday in Stockholm for the annual World Water Week. This year’s focus is on energy and water, but debates on water stewardship, water innovation and transboundary cooperation are also taking place in over 100 seminars, workshops and events spread until 5 September.
European Water Partnership is attending the Stockholm World Water Week and will contribute to the ongoing debates on improving impacts and effectiveness of the corporate water stewardship initiatives and collective action through examples and lessons learned from the European Water Stewardship implementations. Representatives will also be present in the poster session to share some of the ongoing lessons learned and efforts to improve water quality monitoring with the LIFE-funded Biomomi project.
In addition, during a side meeting with the National Water Partnerships a progress of the joint-up activities will be discussed as well as planning of the next steps in the framework of the Action Group of the European Innovation Partnership. The partners participating in the European regional process towards the Seventh World Water Forum will also meet in Stockholm to advance the process futher under the leadership of the French Water Partnership (FWP) and Danish Water Forum (DWF). For more information about the meeting, please click here.
To feed into discussions at the Week, SIWI has just released two must-read reports: the arguments for tighter links between the two communities are explored in “Energy and Water: The Vital Link for a Sustainable Future”. One energy field that has been intensively debated in recent years is hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, commonly known as “fracking”. In “Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Framing the Water Issue”, fracking and its impact on freshwater is critically assessed by leading researchers in the field.
During the Week, the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize will be awarded to Prof. John Briscoe of South Africa, for his unparalleled contributions to global and local water management, inspired by an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people on the ground. The prize will be awarded to Prof. Briscoe by H.M. Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, during a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall on Thursday 4th September.
Other prizes that will be presented are the Stockholm Industry Water Award, which will be awarded, on Tuesday 2nd September, to eThekwini Water and Sanitation serving the Durban Metropolitan Area, for its transformative and inclusive approach to providing water and sanitation services, and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize which, on Wednesday 3rd September, is given to one national team from 29 competing nations by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
To read more about Stockholm World Water Week, please click here.