Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water

World Water Week 2022

Online and in Stockholm, Sweden

World Water Week 2022 takes place from 23 August to 1 September. For the first time, you can join both online and in Stockholm, Sweden. The theme of World Water Week 2022 is Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water, with a focus on topics ranging from food security and health to agriculture, technology, biodiversity, and the climate crisis. IHE Delft staff are involved in a number of sessions - see the list below.

Sessions with IHE Delft Involvement

Accelerating SDG6 achievement through Capacity Development of People and Organizations
The session will mobilize support from governments and financial institutions to the Capacity Development Initiative, through which UN-Water members and partners will support countries in developing capacities to accelerate implementation of water related SDG’s. The Initiative will respond to specific country’s capacity development needs, building on their current strengths.

Date & Time: 23 August - 8.30 to 9.50 

For more information, please contact Ilyas Masih – Associate Professor Water Resources Planning or Prof. Eddy Moors – Rector 

Costs of inaction in transboundary water management
This session will provide a platform to share examples taken to identify, assess and communicate benefits of transboundary cooperation and costs of inaction. It will allow to debate the different approaches and to exchange ideas if and how better capturing the costs of non-cooperation could be a game changer by providing so far untapped incentives to decision makers to engage in cooperation. Speakers include Alyssa Offutt

Date & Time: 23 August - 10.00 to 11.20 

Improving security and climate resilience with participatory processes

This event explores how local communities in sub-Saharan Africa may improve their climate resilience and security situation through the water-energy-food security Nexus. With examples from the ground, the convenors reflect upon a process that builds on advanced analysis tools to enable a participatory creation and implementation of action plans. The event is convened by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH and the Water, Peace and Security partnership, which is led by Susanne Schmeier, IHE Delft Associate Professor of Water Law and Diplomacy.

Date & Time:  24 August - 18:30 to 19:50

SIWI Seminar: Valuing wastewater for new solutions (2/3)

The changing value in wastewater and sludges has led to a rapid increase in technological innovations. This seminar, the second in a series of three, will review several of the innovations taking place around the world to drive the value of wastewater. Since these innovations are bred from several research institutions, there will be a broad discussion on the need for investing in innovation. Furthermore, policies which regulate these innovations will be discussed. Some of the key innovations, amongst others, that will be discussed are innovations in non-sewered sanitation and faecal sludge management. Lastly, case study presentations and panel discussions will be used to demonstrate how technological innovations and policymakers should work together for better solutions in the treatment and valourisation of wastewater and sludges.

Date & Time: 30 August - 9.00 to 10.30

For more information, please contact Konstatina Velkushanova, Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Non-sewered Sanitation.

A Rising Tide: Shared Vision for Women In Water Diplomacy
This session builds on the results of the Women in Water Diplomacy Network’s Forum, held in advance of World Water Week 2022. The Women in Water Diplomacy Network will share it’s 2022 Network Statement ‘A Rising Tide’ - a call to action to prioritize gender equality as a lever of positive change across transboundary water management. This statement is endorsed by Network members in the Nile Basin, Central Asia and Afghanistan, together with women water diplomats 

Date & Time: 30 August - 11.00 to 12.30 

For more information, please contact Alyssa Offutt.


SIWI Seminar: Water as a driver for peace and cooperation (3/3)

This session includes a high-level dialogue on the interlinkages between water and conflict and an expert panel discussion on “Drivers of Peace for Urban Water Resilience” at the local level. The session – the third of three SIWI seminars - will conclude with a call to action on water security. Water crises pose a growing threat to livelihoods, ecosystems, and security. Thousands of people around the world lack access to sufficient, safe, affordable, and clean water. Decreasing supplies of water, resource mismanagement, and limited land use and water planning integration have led to rising water-related conflict throughout the world. But there are paths forward.

Speakers include Susanne Schmeier, IHE Delft Associate Professor of Water Law and Diplomacy and head of the Water, Peace and Security partnership.

Date & Time: 30 August – 16:00 to 17:30



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