Looking beyond water
“When I joined NWP this year, I stepped into the Dutch water world. A world that has a long, solid reputation. It is a changing world, given the impact of water on climate change, rapid urbanisation, soil depletion and so on. NWP and the Dutch water sector are responding by looking beyond the water management and technology that the Netherlands is known for. This is a challenge, but one which NWP is embracing.
Today’s water challenges need us to move away from specialisation and towards a greater integration of approaches to water management, mitigation and adaptation. This means looking beyond the traditional ‘too much, too little, too polluted water’ at aspects such as agriculture, urbanisation and sustainability. Fortunately, large multilaterals such as the United Nations (UN) are also moving in this direction, as shown by the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015.