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SIWI World Water Week 2018: Water, Ecosystems and Human Development

Geschreven op 23-9-2015 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Agenda, Water Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

World Water Week

22 March 2018: Biotech pioneers Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht win 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureates for revolutionizing water and wastewater treatment.

By revolutionizing microbiological-based technologies in water and wastewater treatment Professors Mark van Loosdrecht and Bruce Rittmann have demonstrated the possibilities to remove harmful contaminants from water, cut wastewater treatment costs, reduce energy consumption, and even recover chemicals and nutrients for recycling. Their pioneering research and innovations have led to a new generation of energy-efficient water treatment processes that can effectively extract nutrients and other chemicals – both valuable and harmful –  from wastewater.

Mark van Loosdrecht is Professor in Environmental Biotechnology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Bruce Rittmann is Regents’ Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, USA.

The professors’ research has led to new processes for wastewater treatment currently being used around the globe. “Traditionally, we have just thought of pollutants as something to get rid of, but now we’re beginning to see them as potential resources that are just in the wrong place,” says Professor Rittmann. In his research he has studied how microorganisms can transform organic pollutants to something of value to humans and the environment. “We’re in the middle of a paradigm shift, with more and more focus on how we can create resources, using microbial systems,” he says.

Professor van Loosdrecht’s work echoes this sentiment. His research has led to increasingly common wastewater treatment processes that are less costly and more energy efficient than traditional methods.  “With current technology, you can already be energy neutral and there is a lot of research on how to become energy positive. Especially in developing countries with unstable electricity supply and limited access to funding, this is very important. If we could build a wastewater plant that is self-sufficient in energy, that would make sewage plants feasible in many more places,” says Mark van Loosdrecht.

H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will present the prize to Professors Rittmann and van Loosdrecht on behalf of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Patron of Stockholm Water Prize, at a royal award ceremony on 29 August, during World Water Week in Stockholm.

20 December 2017: World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized in Stockholm by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week from Sunday 26 till Friday 31 August 2018 will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”.

In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the Week. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. We believe water is key to our future prosperity, and that together, we can achieve a water wise world.

See also: World Water Day: The Story of Bottled Water by The Story of Stuff – World Water Day: The Bubble Skyscraper Fresh Water Factory – World Water Day  – World Water Day Video from My Charity: Water – World Water Day: Green Schools in Africa give kids Smart Water – World Water Day: Lewis Black on Broadway on Water – Towards A Sustainable Future in The Textile Industry by SIWI

31 August 2017: Professor Stephen McCaffrey received the 2017 Stockholm Water Prize on Wednesday, for his unparalleled contribution to the evolution and progressive realization of international water law.

The prize was presented to Stephen McCaffrey by H.M. Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, at a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall during the ongoing World Water Week.

The Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee recognized Professor McCaffrey’s path-breaking leadership and legal scholarship in international water law. He has made a unique contribution in three specific areas: his seminal work on Treaty negotiation; his major scholarly works, including his book The Law of International Watercourses and; his leadership providing expert legal advice, wise counsel, training and facilitation of complex negotiations with a wide range of stakeholders.

30 August 2017: Two students from the USA, Ryan Thorpe and Rachel Chang, received the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize for their novel approach to detect and purify water contaminated with Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Cholera. H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the prize at an award ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm.

The students constructed a system that detects and purifies water contaminated with Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Cholera more rapidly and sensitively than conventional methods. Their system detects as little as one reproductive bacteria colony per litre instantaneously and eliminates bacterial presence in approximately ten seconds. In contrast, conventional methods have detection limits of up to 1000 colonies and take one to two days. The students’ novel approach could prevent the contraction and outbreak of waterborne diseases and expand potable water throughout the world.

10 June 2017: The SIWI World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. In 2017, World Water Week from 27 August till 1 September will address the theme Water and Waste – Reduce and Reuse.

Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to the World Water Week in Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) believes water is key to our future prosperity, and that together, we can achieve a water wise world.

The world’s most prestigious water award, Stockholm Water Prize, honours women, men and organizations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible.

Professor Stephen McCaffrey, USA, is named 2017 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his unparalleled contribution to the evolution and progressive realization of international water law.

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, California, is the single most respected authority on International Water Law. His work continues to influence scholars, legal practitioners and policy-makers and contribute to the sustainable and peaceful management of shared waters.

Women play critical roles in all aspects of water governance, yet they are visibly missing from the water dialogue. Images of women as decision makers, water managers, effective water users and stewards are very hard to come by.

Through #WaterWomen we aim to collect images that illustrate these important roles and tell the stories of women as invaluable water managers, decision makers and users.

See also: World Water Day: The Story of Bottled Water by The Story of Stuff – World Water Day: The Bubble Skyscraper Fresh Water Factory – World Water Day  – World Water Day Video from My Charity: Water – World Water Day: Green Schools in Africa give kids Smart Water – World Water Day: Lewis Black on Broadway on Water – Towards A Sustainable Future in The Textile Industry by SIWI

31 August 2016: Joan Rose, water quality champion, received the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize. Professor Joan B. Rose received the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize for her tireless contributions to global public health; by assessing risks to human health in water and creating guidelines and tools for decision-makers and communities to improve global wellbeing. The prize was presented to Joan Rose by H.M. Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, during a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall during the ongoing World Water Week.

Joan Rose is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on the microorganism Cryptosporidium. In 1993, the largest outbreak to date of the intestinal parasite Cryptosporidium affected more than 400 000 people in Milwaukee, US, who got sick from contaminated drinking water. 69 people died in the outbreak. Cryptosporidium, which exists in both humans and animals, cannot be killed by chlorine, and lives for several months.

Professor Rose and her team, whom she calls “water detectives” investigate waterborne disease outbreaks globally, to determine how they can be stopped, and prevented. She was the first person to present the widespread occurrence of Cryptosporidium in water supplies in 1988.

30 August 2016: Three students from Thailand, Sureeporn Triphetprapa, Thidarat Phianchat and Kanjana Komkla, received the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize on Tuesday for their innovative water retention device that mimics the water retention of the Bromeliad plant. H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden presented the prize at an award ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm.

By examining the efficacy of natural water collection by plants – especially in terms of the shape of plants that collect and capture water – Sureeporn Triphetprapa, Thidarat Phianchat and Kanjana Komkla built a device that mimics the water retention of the Bromeliad plant. The device has also been installed on rubber trees on rubber plantations. For this, they have been awarded the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize, showcasing that nature is the best teacher.

The Jury was impressed by the winners, in particular their exceptional creativity, unrelenting diligence, enthusiasm and true passion for water.

23 September 2015: No one is left untouched after having listened to the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize winner Rajendra Singh, also known as the “Water man of India”. He is what most people would define as a true water hero.

Since 1991, Stockholm Water Prize has recognized 25 heroes from various fields and continents for their important water work. We know that the world is filled with enthusiasts like these, with a passion to building a better, water-wise world, in any way they can. We now want you to help us find our next water hero. Make sure to give your favourite the chance to win! Nominate in the simple form below. It will not take more than a minute. And do it now, deadlines for nominations is 25 September.

2015 is the target year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Although considerable progress has been made, the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. About one billion people will still lack access to safe water and even more lack access to basic sanitation. About one billion people will still be without electricity and will go to bed hungry – largely the same underprivileged poor.

The challenge remains for the world community in 2015, to formulate, commit to and to urgently pursue a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Water is central to these challenges. Our lives and livelihoods, and that of all other living creatures, depend on water. Without it we cannot sustain a productive economy, live healthy lives or produce food, energy and other basic necessities and commodities.

World Water Week in Stockholm will continue to focus on these issues, and the vital role water plays in addressing them. From “water and food security” in 2012, “water cooperation” in 2013 and “water and energy” in 2014 and “water for development” in 2015.

See also: World Water Day: The Story of Bottled Water by The Story of Stuff – World Water Day: The Bubble Skyscraper Fresh Water Factory – World Water Day  – World Water Day Video from My Charity: Water – World Water Day: Green Schools in Africa give kids Smart Water – World Water Day: Lewis Black on Broadway on Water

Wie wordt de ‘Water Hero’ van 2016? Sinds 1991 heeft de organisatie van de World Water Week de Stockholm Water Prize uitgereikt aan 25 ‘waterhelden’ uit verschillende disciplines en werelddelen. Ook voor de volgende editie zoekt de organisatie enthousiaste professionals die met hun passie een voorbeeld zijn in de waterwereld. Het is tot 25 september mogelijk om personen te nomineren voor de titel.

Tijdens de World Water Week van 2015 won mr. Rajendra Singh de Stockholm Water Prize. Singh is de drijvende kracht achter innovatieve waterprojecten in India, waarbij drooggevallen watervoorzieningen worden hersteld en de waterveiligheid in belangrijke agrarische gebieden wordt gewaarborgd.

Zie ook: World Water Day: Drie indrukwekkende filmpjes ! – World Water Day: Water uit de kraan lijkt zo gewoon ! – Every drop counts: Naar een duurzame drinkwaterkringloop –  Wereld Waterdag – Wat weet u over water ? – Nederlander Verbruikt 2,3 Miljoen Liter Water per Jaar –  De Water Footprint en nog wat andere voetafdrukken – Wereld Waterdag – Wereld Waterdag in Nederland: Internationale Samenwerking 2.0 – Wandelen voor water – Prins van Oranje: ‘Samen in actie voor water en sanitatie’ – Prins van Oranje in Kenia voor Wereld Waterdag – Prins van Oranje bij Wereldwaterdag en Walk for Love of Water in Kaapstad – WINN Waterinnovatie Rijkswaterstaat: Anders Kijken naar Water – Het Water Kwartetspel: Duurzaam Geleerd Duurzaam Gedaan

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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    24 juli 2017 om 11:05 | Permalink

    World Water Week Sets a Big Step Towards a Paperless Week

    This year, the World Water Week will save 650,000 sheets of paper by making the full conference programme entirely digital. Building increasingly on digital resources also means that, for participants, there are now more ways than ever to access the different features of our programme.

    The newly re-launched online programme offers participants the opportunity to browse the full conference programme before arriving in Stockholm. Participants also have the opportunity to favourite interesting events and download them to their personal calendar, allowing one to plan events, meetings and social outings well before arriving at the Week.

    Registered participants can also use the newly launched World Water Week mobile application to set their schedule interactively and engage with other participants.

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    30 augustus 2017 om 13:16 | Permalink

    At start of World Water Week, UN Assembly President says water and sanitation goals need ‘major push’

    Water is a raging force that floods cities, and a scarce resource drought-stricken communities beg to have. At this year’s World Water Week, nations tackle ways to reuse water and reduce its wastage to help humanity live sustainably.

    Encouraging global action to support clean water and sanitation, United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson today underscored that when it comes to the environment, everything is connected.

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