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POWER H2020 presentation at IWA conference by Stef Koop, KWR

How do you get citizens engaged in addressing water challenges?

How to get citizens engaged in addressing water challenges and how can this help a city to increase its capacity to improve water services? That is what the European POWER project aims to answer through the applications of Social Digital Platforms. At the IWA conference in Tokyo, Stef Koop presented 2 project assessment methods to help Cities to improve their capacity to address water challenges.

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How to address our water challenges? Climate change and urban growth are making this question increasingly important. Despite the numerous solutions available, many cities and organisations have yet to find a good answer to the question. The application of the available technologies and knowledge is inhibited by a variety of barriers. The capacity to collaborate effectively and overcome these barriers is essential. This is why most water challenges are primarily water governance challenges. KWR’s City Blueprint tool and new Governance Capacity Analysis tool identify the barriers and provide cities and organisations with the solution pathways to address existing challenges as effectively and economically as possible.

You can see the full presentation here.


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POWER H2020 at Constanta – Sustainable Energy City

POWER H2020 at Constanta – Sustainable Energy City 2018

The POWER Project has taken another important step in disseminating its progress and in recruiting more cities who have officially signed the POWER FOLLOWER DECLARATION OF INTENT.

Today in Romania, POWER was presented at a major European Conference on Energy, hosted by the University of Constanta situated on the Black Sea coast. During the course of a high-profile, keynote speech, an audience of academics, industrialists and politicians were informed of the technical, social and political implications of the POWER Water Community, with an emphasis placed on the capacity of POWER to support cities in their role of policy implementers in order to achieve the aims of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Green Growth Economy proposed by the OECD and the environmental aims of the European Commission. The involvement of the citizen and the capacity of the POWER methodology to enable inter-city knowledge exchange were emphasised.

After the hour-long session, the first three Romanian cities to join the growing number of POWER follower municipalities signed the POWER FOLLOWER DECLARATION OF INTENT before a packed audience and the Romanian Press. As the result of a close collaboration with Ciprian Nanu, former EIP WATER representative in Eastern Europe, it is expected that further cities will be signing the declaration in the coming weeks.

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