Building resilience faster

World Water Week 2021


World Water Week will be organized fully online this year. The theme of World Water Week 2021 is Building Resilience Faster, with a focus on concrete solutions to the world’s greatest water-related challenges, starting with the climate crisis and including water scarcity, food security, health, biodiversity, and impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. IHE Delft staff are involved in a number of sessions which are outlined below.


Adaptive WASH planning to confront uncertainties during emergencies

This interactive session investigates how and why the WASH sector should move beyond using Theory of Change and apply adaptive planning practices to identify and prioritise critical assumptions and uncertainties, develop associated adaptation actions and monitor triggering indicators.

Date & Time: 24 August - 10.30 hrs to 11.55 hrs

For more information, please contact Leon Hermans

Capacity for governing water security risk and uncertainty

The world is moving towards increased water insecurity. If current trends persist it will come at huge social and economic costs. Consequently, countries are at cross-roads to develop and implement appropriate policy responses. Capacity development plays key role for effective institutional responses to transition from crisis management to managing risk. 

Date & Time: 25 August - 13.00 hrs to 15.30 hrs

For more information, please contact Leon Hermans

Real time water data from satellites to achieve faster resilience

Timely access to water data is key for effective adaptive measures. Three practical examples of how open access remote sensing (RS) data can support resilient agricultural systems will be showcased, ranging from water accounting in Karnataka, to sugarcane water productivity, and policy implications of monitoring groundwater use in arid areas.

Date & Time: 26 August - 08.00 hrs to 09.00 hrs

For more information, please contact Marloes Mul

Developing accountable AI methods for decision support in water systems

Highly consequential decision contexts such as climate change mitigation involve conflicts across multiple sectors, regions, and generations. Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers exciting opportunities for meaningful decision support in such contexts. However, to attain real-world impact, AI techniques must address the well-being of all stakeholders, minimize conflict, and protect vulnerable communities.

Date & Time: 26 August - 08.30 hrs to 08.55 hrs

From forecast to prevention – acting on resource-related conflict risks

This event asks how national and international policy makers can take effective actions to prevent conflicts relating to water, food and energy insecurity. It focuses on how to prioritize water conflict prevention on the basis of conflict forecasting approaches, especially in times where governments are strained by multiple challenges.

Date & Time: 26 August - 11.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs

For more information, contact Susanne Schmeier of visit the Water, Peace and Security partnership website.

Investing for change through the World Water Quality Alliance

The World Water Quality Alliance Ecosystem workstream will mobilise policy, investment and public support for ecosystem based choices in the protection and restoration of inland waters. This interactive session will develop the concepts and practice for future protection and restoration of waters at local, regional and global scales.

Date & Time: 26 August - 17.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs

For more information, please contact Professor Ken Irvine

Reconnecting water management with nature: upscaling nature-based solutions

Three EU Horizon 2020 projects present their work on Nature-based Solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction. New case studies and research will be shared, including new tools to assess, identify and replicate NbS interventions at scale for climate change mitigation and adaptation agendas. IHE Delft will present the ReConect project.

Date & Time: 27 August - 11.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs

For more information, please contact Zoran Vojinovic or visit the ReConect website.

Stakeholder training materials to assess freshwater health 

Together with Conservation International, IHE Delft will highlight the value of considering freshwater health at the ecosystem level, and the importance of a multi-sectoral approach. Participants will learn about the Freshwater Health Index (FHI), a platform that assesses ecosystem vitality, services, and governance.

Date & Time: 27 August - 15.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs

For more information, please contact Professor Michael McClain


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