Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2017
Sustainable solutions for emerging economies – 13 – 16 November 2017 / Buenos Aires / Argentina
To achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 6 of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, will require a massive effort by the water and sanitation practitioners, especially those in low and middle income countries. We are beyond a simple model of expanded investment in infrastructure, there are numerous challenges and they are linked in often complex ways. For example, progress in the sector is significantly hampered by an overall shortage of appropriately skilled people in the workforce. IWA has published a preliminary analysis from 15 countries in 2014. Developing and emerging economies have made efforts to cope with the challenges, training, establishing competency frameworks, organizational development and implementing institutional frameworks. This is only one issue for which the fifth Water and Development Congress & Exhibition creates an opportunity to share, mutually reinforce and accelerate work in progress.
Objective of the Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2017
The overarching goal of IWA’s Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2017 is to catalyse transformational change and support transition to new ways of managing water resources and delivering water services. The Congress is explicitly solutions-focused, based on the already well-documented diagnosis of constraints, challenges and problems in the sector. Performance indicators for these conferences include the level of effective networking, knowledge exchange and the generation of new ideas shared by the participants. Success is expressed as numbers of participants who can leave the conference with new ideas and inspired to take these back to their colleagues and own areas of work.
Transformational change is needed to transition to a water-wise world through a wise implementation of the SDGs. Participants will be asked to learn about and share solutions at four levels:
Enhancing water and sanitation services,
Strengthening the role of water in city design,
Fostering the connection between cities and basins, and
Promoting the engagement of people so they are enabled to take action.
These four levels of actions are interlinked and mutually reinforcing. The breakdown allows for the challenges to be tackled one by one, while keeping a holistic approach. Five building blocks for implementation – vision, governance, capacity, planning tools, and financing & contracting tools – will be covered throughout the different sessions, so that participants may plan their learning experience based on what they need the most.
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).