Last week the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) organised a Meet & Greet at the Holland Pavilion of the World Water Week 2019 in Stockholm. Bianca Nijhof, member of the AIWW Managing Board and NWP's Managing Director hosted the event.
Bianca Nijhof was joined by Hein Pieper, Vice President of the Dutch regional water authorities and Chrysoula Papacharalampou, Future Water Leaders Ambassador AIWW 2019. The speakers covered two central AIWW themes: creating bankable water projects and the importance of young water professionals in the water discussion.
Include the industry to realise bankable projects
Nijhof: “This year's Stockholm World Water Week focused mainly on water for society. Diversity, inclusion and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) were important recurrent themes and visible throughout the programme. A lot of NGOs and governmental institutions were present, but much less so the industry. With AIWW we want to take the water discussion a step further: we are actively looking to connect water projects to potential investors from the private sector and the industry in order to create bankable projects."
The AIWW Conference's main theme this year is ‘Implementation of Integrated Solutions by cities, industries, utilities and financiers: from cases to bankable projects.’ Nijhof: “In 2017 AIWW created the Amsterdam Agreements (AA’s). By signing these declarations the involved parties have spoken out their intention to commit themselves to the planning ánd execution of important water projects. This year we want to create new Amsterdam Agreements. AIWW believes that the AA’s support the involved cities, industry, utilities and financiers in their goals of realising and executing bankable water projects."
Future Water Leaders
AIWW also aims to include young water professionals in the water discussion. Nijhof: “AIWW is an important water event, both for our own future and the future of our children. That’s why AIWW wants to involve the next generation in the water discussion.” AIWW’s Youth ambassador Chrysoula Papacharalampou represents this group of young water professionals, the Future Water Leaders. During the Meet & Greet Papacharalampou elaborated on the Future Water Leaders’ objectives and aims.
See you in Amsterdam
Tickets for the AIWW are now available. Be an Early Bird, get your ticket before 15 September and benefit from the discount. A ticket gives you access to the AIWW Conference with its varied programme with a wide range of contributions, activities, presentations, workshops, cases and solutions. Have a look at the programme and register for the interesting AIWW Conference.
The Holland Pavilion at Stockholm's World Water Week was powered by the Partners for Water programme, the Government of The Netherlands and participants from the Dutch water sector..