POWER Project presented at the ICT4Water Action Plan
The usage of water is a key enabler for urban and rural industrial activities. Moreover, water quality improvement and water scarcity are important short-medium challenges to face in the EU. Effective, smarter and cost-efficient ICT solutions for water management should adjust services to the society and give new opportunities for businesses. The Action Plan 2017 related to ICT and Water management will identify actions which include activities, challenges, timelines and tools for implementation to suggest the creation of a Digital Single Market for water services.
A fully integrated smart water network does not exist in Europe or globally. The water sector faces difficulties to develop smart technology due to the fragmentation of the sector, slow adoption of new technologies, absence of SME development and no holistic vision being set out for the sector among others. This is caused by the lack of integration and standardisation of these sectors that can enable companies to operate in the water industry. Given the need for interoperability and standardisation and the need for a holistic view of the water supply chain, the water economics and the connection between water and smart cities, two roadmaps have been published in the framework of the activities of the ICT4Water cluster (roadmaps published in 2015 and 2016).
Baseform at 2017 North American Water Loss Conference
The California-Nevada Section, AWWA hosts the 2017 North American Water Loss Conference in cooperation with the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the NAWL 2017 Conference Planning Committee. Discussions will take place over two days on developing water loss policies, auditing your system, reducing apparent losses, controlling leakage, managing pressures, and documenting your progress, both for you and for your regulators.
Join Baseform in the exhibition area, to discuss with our experts your specific needs and try out our award-winning software for water & energy losses.
Faster response times: best-in-class event detection and notification of likely pipe breaks, leaks, water quality, sensor malfunction, network events; cross-validation with work orders.
Up to 90% of recovered volumes retrieved in near real-time: immediate ROI
Fewer false alarms: behavior-based detection significantly outperforms threshold-based SCADA alarms.
Up to 75% fewer false alarms
Automated water balance: input volumes, authorized consumption, metering errors, real losses (min. night flows + lost in events).
On-demand, any time
Water meter management: key volume metrics, metering errors, useful lives, replacement policies.
Reliable apparent losses quantification
Accurately estimated demand patterns: statistically calculated per zone, date, type of day, improving accuracy e.g., to simulation models.
Up to 80% better precision
Building Leaders & Making Impact – 8th International Young Water Professionals Conference
The global event for Young Water Professionals.
The International Young Water Professionals Conference brings together 450 water, environment and related young professionals from across the globe and showcases how the young water professionals are making impact across the sector as well as offering capacity development and training sessions to further skill our future water leaders to tackle the demands from the water sector.
The conference theme is Building Leaders & Making Impact. You will be challenged to demonstrate the impact of your work, whilst workshops and learning sessions will take place during the conference in order to build our capacity as the next generation of water leaders. Rather than the conventional sub-theme session format where presentations are restricted to a single discipline, the IYWPC encourages multidisciplinary sharing and learning with sessions that make impact in some “big topics” in the water sector and beyond.
The International Young Water Professionals Conference
Following seven successful International Young Water Professional Conferences (IYWPC) in the UK, Netherlands, Singapore, USA, Australia, Hungary, Taiwan, the International Water Association (IWA) together with Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) and the South African Young Water Professionals (YWP-ZA) will organise the 8th edition of the International Young Water Professional Conference on 10–13 December 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. Through the offering of technical paper sessions, topical workshops, soft skill learning sessions, networking opportunities and a career fair, the IYWPC will be the “Must Attend” event for young water professionals (YWPs), especially for those wishing to develop their career and progress further into the water sector.
Training on Water Governance and International Water Law (IWL) for improved transboundary water management in Africa
25-27 June 2018, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Water governance is important for the African continent, as it has the highest number of transboundary river basins and aquifers that collectively cover more than 64% of Africa’s surface area and contain just over 93% of its surface water resources. These rivers are shared between two or more countries. While a common water resource is a potential source of conflict, it also has tremendous potential for cooperation as a driver for economic growth.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Network for Basin Organizations (ANBO) have developed specific skills on transboundary water to assist countries and basin organisations develop effective management of shared water resources in Africa. The Geneva Water Hub’s Platform for International Water Law brings together experts in international law from different backgrounds. Makerere University (Uganda) conducts research and is specialised in international water law. The university cooperates with governments as well as basin organisations to train staff and strengthen capacities.
As a neutral platform, Global Water Partnership (GWP) facilitates capacity development and collaboration to build synergies among various stakeholders on integrated approaches to better water resources management.
The regional training is aimed at strengthening capacities of institutions of countries and basin organisations in Africa in addressing issues related to transboundary water resources management through enhancing knowledge and skills necessary for promoting cooperation among countries.
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a worldwide network which for over 2 decades has successfully supported countries to implement the equitable and sustainable management of their water resources. The network has more than 3000 institutional Partners, and spans over 176 countries in 13 regions. Its regional secretariat for Eastern Africa is located in Entebbe, Uganda. http://www.gwp.org/en/GWPEastern-Africa/ and the global secretariat is in Stockholm, Sweden. www.gwp.org
AWA/IWA Young Water Professionals Conference 2018
Date: Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th February 2018
Time: 09:00 -17:30
Location:The Melbourne Cricket Ground
Address: Yarra Park, Brunton Ave, Richmond VIC 3002
The fifth Australian Young Water Professionals Conference is a co-branded event presented by the Australian Water Association and the International Water Association. In 2018, we are delighted that this event, to be held in Melbourne, will include the VIC YWP Regional Conference, which is a highlight in the calendar each year. Building on the conference theme in 2016 of Connect. Collaborate. Create, 2018’s theme is Connect. Collaborate. Accelerate. Collaboration between industry, research and government will continue to be explored as well as the value of connections. Acceleration will cover not only how ideas can be accelerated into action for a sustainable water future, but how young water professionals can accelerate their professional development. Each of the previous conferences drew approximately 120 young water professionals from both national and international scenes; similar success is anticipated for this event. The program will cover 2 ½ days and for the first time include a regional site visit. Registrations are now open.
POWER H2020 Industry Panel – A digital and social approach to local water issues
Many ICT services are being developed to tackle social challenges but their deployment is hampered by the fact that both social and economic actors are often reluctant to adapt to new implementation tools, institutional arrangements and regulations. Broad-based innovation is required to overcome resistance to new approaches. POWER Water Community Platforms provide a tool to support this vital engagement.
During the event, participants will be able to join the POWER project and become active members of the community and contribute to a direct participatory process. The sharing of knowledge, opinions, and best practices about different local issues will be facilitated and social innovation by the ‘network effect’ will be reached. We will bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds to share their views on the digital platforms in an open dialogue and we will identify strengths and barriers of this approach.
The session will be run as a roundtable, as such experts from different fields will be discussion pressing questions about each topic and will be receiving questions from the audience and also from social media.
9.30 Registration and welcoming
10.00 Flood risk
10.30 Non-potable water reuse
11.00 How to nurture user engagement from citizens and politicians?
11.30 Water scarcity & water conservation
12.00 Tools for managing your data and tracking performance indicators DSP Hub for professionals – DEMO
You can decide to participate in one, two or all sessions depending on your availability.
How can I get in touch with the organiser if I have any question?
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flood risk workshop for citizens of Leicester
We invite you to pioneer the brand-new Leicester Water Community platform! Join our workshop to be among the first to explore, test and help us improve the latest initiative to tackle challenges posed by the city’s flood risk.
Leicester City Council is one of twelve partners from cities, academia and industry in the POWER project.
The Project has set up Local digital Water Communities, co-created by professionals, academics and citizens to raise awareness of water issues and policy initiatives. More
information on the project can be found at www.power-h2020.eu or Leicester’s Water Community.
The workshop aims to showcase the Leicester Water Community, focusing on flood risk, provide an opportunity to use and interact with it, and collect your feedback to drive improvements. Computers will be provided at the venue.
The City Council’s Flooding Team invites you to join the project workshop where your views and opinions can make a difference to the advice and information that is provided on the
Leicester Water Community platform and how it can be used.
The aim of the meeting will be to:
– To disseminate POWER among local stakeholders. To explain the specific water problem in Leicester and initial Governance Case-Study analysis to stakeholders.
– To extract awareness and knowledge concerning the water problem in Leicester.
– To explain the purpose of and how to use the POWER DSPs of Leicester and encourage people to use the POWER DSP of the city.
– To collect quantitative feedback regarding Leicester DSP acceptance and opinions regarding the Governance Case-Study analysis in order to improve the DSP contents.
Your opinions will be a key part in developing the POWER Leicester Water Community.
Please note: registration is required to attend.
Spaces for the event are limited to 20 people. To book your place, please respond to
email@example.com by Wednesday 28 th February 2018.
Waterwise Annual Water Efficiency Conference 2018
The Waterwise Annual Water Efficiency Conference 2018 has been the major national water efficiency event in the UK since 2007. With ever greater pressures on water supply across the UK, and greater ambition on water efficiency being required by government and regulators, 2018 will be a key year for transforming our approach to water efficiency and customer engagement. This conference will feature speakers and interactive panel discussions on international experiences; policy and regulatory ambition; research and delivery linked to Waterwise’s Water Efficiency strategy for the UK; using water efficiency to drive a more customer-led sector; and water efficiency and economic growth.
Confirmed speakers include:
John Russell – Senior Director, Strategy and Planning, Ofwat
Efiona Williams – Head of Water Branch, Welsh Government
Simon Oates – Chief Customer Officer, Southern Water
For more information and an overview of the agenda click here.
Waterwise supporters are eligible for discounted tickets and will receive an email with the discount code.
Water workshop event in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes is one of twelve partners from cities, academia and industry in the POWER project.
The Project has set up a user-driven Digital Social Platform (DSP) for innovation and growth in water management. The DSP is a dynamic site co-created by professionals, academics and citizens to raise awareness of water issues and policy initiatives. More information on the project can be found at www.power-h2020.eu.
The Milton Keynes Team invites you to join a project meeting and workshop where your views and opinions can make a difference to the advice and information available on the DSP.
Please bring a mobile phone, tablet or laptop so you can log in to the POWER websites.
A buffet lunch will be provided. Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements.
Your opinions will be a key part in developing the main product of the Project: the DSP.
Please note registration is required to attend.
Spaces for the event are limited so please book by 2nd March 2018. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Saving Week 2018
Waterwise is hosting Water Saving Week for the fourth year running. As before, there’ll be an exciting range of activities to raise awareness about why we need to save water, including daily challenges, ideas and tips to help you do it. Search #watersavingweek on social media, explore the website to check out the daily themes, take on our challenges and get involved!
Each day of Water Saving Week focuses on a specific area of water use or benefit of water efficiency. Water Saving Week Packs are available for each day and include challenges, ideas and tips to help you save water in relation to that day’s theme. Click Mr Splosh to take you to the relevant page.
Why save water?
The UK has less available water per person than most other European countries. London is drier than Istanbul, and the South East of England has less water available per person than some African countries. Surprised? Climate change, population increases and changes in lifestyle have led to increasing pressure being put on our water supplies. As a result, it is more important than ever that we take care with how we use water. Taking positive action now can help to ensure that there is enough water to go round, for us, for businesses and for the environment.
Saving water saves money. Installing simple devices such as water-efficient taps and showers will save both water and energy by minimising the use of heated water. An efficient showerhead could reduce household bills by up to £120 per year. Leaky loos waste around 400 litres of clean water a day, and sometimes more – the equivalent of having an extra two people living in your house! And the way you use water also reduces bills – knock a minute of your shower, and use a water butt to collect rainwater to water the garden.
Our use of water and energy are closely linked. Operational emissions from the water industry account for nearly 1% of the UK’s total. And a major source of emissions is from using hot water within homes. Reducing the time you shower or the amount of hot water you use for cleaning dishes therefore has a significant impact on your personal carbon footprint. Using water wisely also helps us adapt to climate change – it means the water we do have goes further.
Half of England’s rivers are over-abstracted. This puts aquatic ecosystems and wildlife at threat. Using water efficiently means that we can minimise the amount of additional water resources being taking out of our rivers and aquifers, especially as demands are rising.
Resilient Water Supplies
As water resources become scarcer, building new infrastructure like reservoirs and desalination plants, or finding new sources of supply, becomes increasingly expensive. If we save water that is otherwise wasted, we can reduce pressure on existing infrastructure and offset the need for more. Using water wisely also makes our supply more resilient against impacts from climate change, such as droughts.
Read more here
Flood and Coast 2018
Flood and Coast 2018 is a unique event that advances the debate about flooding and coast erosion risk, resilience and response between government bodies and local authorities with business, major infrastructure, and asset managers, as well as affected communities. Embracing the concept of “a changing climate” the event draws on expertise and experience from different geographies – not only within the UK.
The event brings together the specialists in the supply chain that deliver technology and solutions to control the increasing risk of flood and rising sea levels around our coasts to spread best practice, discuss new ways of working and to deliver excellence in FCERM.
A three-day programme of workshops, presentations, debate and panel sessions tailored to the topics selected by the government and industry panel is accompanied by a trade show and exhibition which allows all stakeholders unrivalled networking opportunities, creating a real business benefit for the service and product providers to engage effectively with contractors, consultants and project owners.
Flood & Coast is the annual opportunity to bring together the organizations and groups who work collaboratively to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion. When this wider community – the flood family – comes together we have the opportunity to learn from one another’s successes, discuss how to best to manage future challenges and continue to build ever stronger networks.
This conference and exhibition is about networking, capacity building, and an enhanced understanding of how the supply chain links together to deliver successful projects for the wider benefit of flood risk reduction
Josie Bateman, Flood & Water Manager, Northamptonshire County Council
Day 1 focuses on partnerships, resilient infrastructure, evidence and innovation and working with communities. Afternoon topics will include natural flood management, international learning and working with suppliers.
Day 2 explores modern asset management, spatial planning and FCERM, working with communities, and how partnerships can realise multiple benefits. Afternoon sessions will include planning, FCERM and growth, property flood resilience, and a networking session for women working in FCERM.
Day 3 will consider FRCM future skills, as well as partnership working in incidents, working with communities and responding to climate change. Final afternoon topics include international collaboration, understanding future flood and coastal risk, and supporting communities at risk.
Future of Utility Summit 2018
The UK’s Leading Energy & Water Summit
20th & 21st March 2018 etc.venues St Paul’s, London
Now in its 23rd year, and featuring 75+ speakers on three different stages, the Future of Utility Summit, UK’s leading energy and water summit is back, and this time it is bigger than ever. By striking a balance between cross-industry discussion and in-depth exploration into customer interactions, energy, and water this year’s programme will provide the best environment for strategic consultation of all critical issues facing today’s decision-makers. Join the utilities conference you need to attend in 2018!
- Join C-level executives in our Leaders’ Forums and discover insights into customer demands and the future of the industry.
- Gain key insights from our out of industry experts.
- Build valuable long-lasting relationships with your peers during 5+ hours of dedicated networking.
- Tailor your experience with 9 streams focusing on customer excellence, resilience, asset management, regulation, and more.
- Benefit from intimate, high-level discussions at one of our 5 round table focus sessions.
- Hear real life examples of implementing success in areas ranging from behavioural psychology to catchment management.
- Enjoy our exclusive drinks reception where you can network with 300+ key industry professionals over a glass of fizz and canapes.
THE ANSWER IS IN NATURE
How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution?
By using the solutions we already find in nature.
World Water Day 2018
What is World Water Day?
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.
Wherever you are and whatever you do on March 22, make it about nature and water.
Nature for Water
This year’s theme – Nature for Water – explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.
Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes.
When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the water we need to survive and thrive.
Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.
Download the factsheet.
Anyone can participate. To register, or for any questions you may have, you can send an email to email@example.com.
We hope to see you there!
SWAN 2018 Conference – Smart Water: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges Today
The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) is the leading global hub for the smart water and wastewater sectors. Now in its 8th year, our annual flagship event brings together progressive global utilities, leading solution providers, researchers, consultants, investors, and academics to further accelerate the smart water industry.
This year’s theme, “Smart Water: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges Today” will explore innovative solutions to global water and wastewater challenges divided into internal and external utility adaption, customer engagement, integration barriers, and demonstrate the business case.
Leicester Riverside Festival is a lively weekend of activities for the whole family spread across Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens.
Riverside is one of Leicester’s biggest free festivals featuring activities on and off the water. Highlights on the river include colourful boats from across the region, canoe demonstrations and boat trips. This year sees the welcome return of the ever popular and exciting charity dragon boat racing on Sunday, and it is free to try on Saturday.
On land, the festival continues to build on its reputation for great live music by showcasing some of the best bands and artists on the main stage. There’s plenty to entertain the whole family, including children’s activities, art and craft market, street entertainers and children’s funfair plus a variety of tempting food stalls.
Once again there will be an environmental focus to the festival with the involvement of various groups, bringing together workshops, displays and vegan catering; helping to raise awareness of environmental issues.
There are a number of new and exciting activities and events for 2018:
Art on the River – Artists, painters and photographers will be displaying and selling their work along the river railings; A fantastic opportunity to see local art in a beautiful setting along Western Boulevard.
Castle Gardens hosts an all new Broken Records Swing Festival, with live bands and swing dance lessons throughout both days.
A fun packed weekend not to be missed! Download the 2018 brochure here.
As part of its dissemination activities the POWER project will be presenting at the Constanta – Sustainable Energy City 2018 conference.
Constanta – Sustainable Energy City 2018
The title of the presentation that will be discussed during the conference is:
POWER – Citizen Engagement in the Sustainable City of the Future
The conference is full of interesting talks and discussion of innovative projects. In addition, starting at 12.30 on the 5th of June, just before lunch, a new chapter will be introduced at Costanta. The organisers will envisage the signature of the POWER letter of intent with a number of Romanian cities.
The letter of intent is a formal document, with no obligations, where cities can state their will to join the Follower cities network of the POWER H2020 project. In this way, they declare their intention in using the POWER Water Communities and taking actions for water conservation, one of the biggest issues facing humanity in the modern world.
About Costanta efforts for sustainability
The future looks green for Romania cities, with more sustainable projects planned and waiting to be completed. Everyone in the country can get involved in sustainability actions, at any level. Constanta is the largest city on the Romanian coast, and is special because of its size, location and sustainability effort. No city in Romania cares more for recycling, with Constanta recycling 40% of its waste for the last four years.
By 2050, Europe’s energy sector should have made the switch from fossil fuel-based energy to renewables to be carbon neutral. This transition to clean energy is now moving at a significant speed, but still more needs to be done at EU and national level but also by all citizens. Find out how we can all ‘Lead the Clean Energy Transition’ at the 13th Edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), – Europe’s largest event promoting sustainable energy.
EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018
Organised every year by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and EASME), EUSEW 2018 takes place 4-8 June.
Over 50 sessions at the Policy Conference
With over 50 sessions hosted by representatives from the European institutions, as well a range of different stakeholders from throughout the EU, the Policy Conference promises to feed a lively debate around energy islands, consumers, smart cities and regional development, digitalisation, renewables, transformation of the energy system, energy storage, finance and efficiency. The Policy Conference takes place between 5 and 7 June in the Charlemagne building and the Residence Palace in Brussels. Programme and registration can be found here.
The full range of activities
A Networking Village provides one-to-one networking sessions, project pitches, interactive presentations and exhibitions. And, of course, all this is complemented with a two-month series of Energy Days events held throughout Europe.
Check out the interactive Energy Days map to find an event near you.
More than just an event…
The EU Sustainable Energy Week is also a strong community – so why not follow us on Twitter: @euenergyweek #EUSEW18 or Facebook: EU Sustainable Energy Week and keep up to date on the latest news. For more information, photos or interviews, contact our media department by telephone or email: Aude Rabault – Media Relations Officer – +32 (0)2 334 18 48 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and EASME) organises the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) – the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. This year’s tagline is ‘lead the clean energy transition’, and it will cover a series of activities with an EU-wide scope.
World Environment Day 2018
World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution.
Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. This year’s host is India.
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, with statistics showing that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. To change the future, we all need to play our part. Whether it is a bottled soft drink, a bag from the supermarket or a spoon in a coffee shop, single-use plastic has become embedded in our daily lives. The low cost, convenience and lightness of these products have revolutionized the packaging of goods. However, the catastrophic environmental cost of this convenience is now becoming increasingly clear.
This year, with India as host, World Environment Day is calling on people across the world to help Beat Plastic Pollution. Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans, threatening marine and human life and destroying our natural ecosystems. We want to work with education partners to help them reconsider their plastic habits, generate solutions and raise awareness. To Beat Plastic Pollution, we need everyone to step up and think deeply about how they can not only reduce, reuse and recycle, but seek to inspire new behaviour. Our aim is to use World Environment Day to reduce the amount of plastic dumped into our oceans, which is currently around a truckload every minute. This pack is an invitation to collaborate with UN Environment – work with us to take action and inspire teachers, pupils and parents alike, to help turn the tide on plastic!
World Oceans Day 2018
World Oceans Day 2018 is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.
Participate in a World Oceans Day event or activity this year and help protect the ocean for the future. It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is healthy for future generations. World Oceans Day allows us to:
- Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
- Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
- Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
- Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
It’s fun and easy! Head over the official website and learn more:
The Ocean Project has promoted and coordinated World Oceans Day globally since 2002. We do so with a team based in the US and also advisors and volunteers in dozens of countries. We are a collaborative organization and work in partnership with hundreds of organizations, including World Ocean Network, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and many other networks from all sectors. Thank you to the Government of Canada for proposing the concept of a World Ocean Day, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and to the United Nations for officially recognizing 8 June as World Oceans Day, since late 2008. World Oceans Day® is trademarked to protect it from those who might have commercial or counterproductive interests. All information, materials and resources on this site and associated with World Oceans Day are free to use to those who are celebrating World Oceans Day as a way to bring about a healthier ocean and a better future.