Stockholm World Water Week 2018

378 organizations, 238 Sessions, 3339 Participants, 135 Countries, 15 Themes

This year, once more, the SWP and its members had a strong presence at the Stockholm World Water Week 2018. It was not only due to the interactive and dynamic events at the booth, but also due to the participation in various sessions and side events.

The week started with a Kick-Off Dinner for the 16 participating SWP Members. 8 SWP members contributed to a lively atmosphere at the SWP Booth with their varied presentations. The topics were centered around youth, entrepreneurship and Blue Peace. The booth was officially opened by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Swiss Embassy in Sweden and the SWP on Monday evening. The daily presentations ranged from an inter-generational dialogue on water and peace, to the launch of publications and tools on safe water, to presenting specific initiatives and integrating the youth (Start-Ups for Young Water Solutions and the presence of the Swiss Junior Water Prize).

The stand served as a “Swiss Hub” allowing space for networking, meetings and strengthening the promotion of the SWP members knowhow.

Besides the dynamic and well visited booth, the SWP co-organized a Dinner-Discussion on Water and Peace with the Embassy with ministers from different regions.  Further, the SWP co-convened 2 sessions at the conference involving a total of 9 SWP members.

The first session addressed challenges to unlock financing for Nature Based Solutions for Water (NbSW) and the second session was a market place showing 5 smart approaches of NbSW that contribute to Disaster Risk Reduction.

The SWP members were also published in the official daily newspaper of the conference “Water Front” on Wednesday 29th August 2018, p.3 and video recorded by the Stockholm International Water Institute SIWI (Links: ;

The Swiss Junior Water Prize Finalist Laura Bauer took part in the international finals for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Impressions can be seen here.

Overall, the strong SWP presence contributed to the promotion of SWP members’ expertise and the exposure of the Swiss high quality solutions.


Summary: SWP Learning Event on the "Assessment of Surface and Groundwater"

On September 6th 2018, the SWP organized at NADEL its first learning event on the topic of the “Assessment of Surface and Groundwater”. The trigger for this event was twofold: first, deepening our expertise, which is key to develop high quality solutions for water security and second, learning from one another is a huge added value of the network.

The event provided participants theoretical background as well as practical knowledge and allowed space for discussion and reflection based on concrete experiences & challenges.

After a welcoming speech from Dr. Fritz Brugger from NADEL and Darcy Molnar (SWP steering board), Michael Sinreich from the Federal Office for the Environment set the scene by introducing the topic of the learning event. Then participants broke down into 3 breakout sessions focusing on water quantity, hosted by Marie-Louise Vogt from CHYN on the topic of estimation of groundwater recharge, Sean Furey from RWSN/Skat on the topic of the African Groundwater Atlas and Salvador Peña from Photrack on the topic of quantifying surface water through an app. In the afternoon, participants took part in another 2 breakout sessions on the topic of water quality: one hosted by Claudio Valsangiacomo from Supsi on the topic of water quality analysis and one hosted by Joel Podgorski on geogenic contamination and the eawag GAP platform (visit the platform). To allow discussion on the existing tools and how they are used in practice, i.e. from assessment to implementation, Adrian Auckenthaler presented the case of the holistic water resources assessment in canton Basel and Ellen Milnes from CHYN/humanitarian aid focused on how it is done in humanitarian contexts.

The SWP received positive feedback on this pilot learning event from the participants. Therefore it is encouraged to carry on this path and organize another learning event in 2019 on a different topic prioritized by the SWP members.



Breakout Session “Water Quantity”


Breakout Session “Water Quality”

From Assessment to Implementation

Distance Learning Course: International Water Law & the Law of Transboundary Aquifers

The Geneva Water Hub  is launching the 3rd edition of its Distance Learning Course on International Water Law and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers that will take place from 24 September to 9 December 2018.

The course’s goal is to provide professionals involved in the negotiation or implementation of treaties related to transboundary surface and ground water resources with advanced knowledge of the principles and norms that govern the use, equitable sharing and sustainable management of these resources. This international legal framework contributes to the prevention of water-related conflicts among riparian States.

The course is composed of six thematic modules and an additional practical module consisting in the resolution of a case study.

Module 1: Sources and Concepts of International Water Law
Module 2: The Evolution of International Regulation on Transboundary Water Resources
Module 3: The Law of Transboundary Aquifers
Module 4: The Principles of the Law on Transboundary Water Resources I
Module 5: The Principles of the Law on Transboundary Water Resources II
Module 6: Water and International Economic Law
Case Study: Analysis and Legal Resolution

Participants completing all modules are awarded with 4 ECTS equivalent to 120 learning hours (an average of 10 hours of personal work per week)

The registration fees are 900 Swiss Francs. However, full and partial scholarships are available for participants coming from least developed and non-OECD countries. The registration/application deadline is 19 September 2018.

The course is carried out by the GWH’s Platform for International Water Law, in partnership with the DiploFoundation and receives the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Any questions about the application or registration procedures, content and course fees can be addressed to

More Information HERE.

Youth Delegates Program of the World Water Council (WWC)

The Youth Delegates Program of the World Water Council (WWC) for 2018-2020 has been launched!

Are you between 18 and 35 years of age and involved in Water & Youth activities? 💧Yes? This opportunity is for YOU!  Four delegates from different parts of the 🌎 who can demonstrate strong regional experience and networks will be selected. One of the candidates (who will represent the African region) will be selected from the 9th World Water Forum host country, Senegal.

The deadline is September 19th 2018

For more information click HERE.

Further link: International Secretariat for Water.

Nominate your candidate for the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize!

The world’s most prestigious water award, Stockholm Water Prize, honours women, men and organizations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible.

Since its inception in 1991, the prize has been selected by the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee from a pool of professionals nominated by their peers. The nomination is now open unti 30. September 2018. You can nominate online HERE.


About: The Stockholm Water Prize is an international water award presented annually since 1991 by the Stockholm Water Foundation. The prize has been established to honour outstanding achievements in the sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources.

A prize ceremony and Royal Banquet is held at the Stockholm City Hall as part of the World Water Week. During the ceremony, the Laureate accepts the prize from the hands of His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, official patron of the prize.

The Laureate receives global acknowledgement and visibility, a specially designed sculpture, and USD 150,000. He or she also has the privilege of presenting a lecture during the Opening Plenary of the World Water Week.

More information HERE.

Scaling Up HWTS Business Approaches: Tools and Solutions

Hands-on tools and validated solutions for scaling HWTS business approaches

Are you interested in hands-on and easy to use tools to establish, professionalise and grow your safe water business?
Antenna Foundation and its partners recently launched the Safe Water Business Perspective on The platform supports safe water professionals (entrepreneurs, NGOs, governments, and impact investors) in establishing and scaling safe water business approaches focusing on producing and selling household water treatment solutions. We offer validated solutions covered in over 30 thematic factsheets paired with real-life case studies structured and categorized under the business life cycle concept “From Blueprint to Scale”.

Have a look!


Register for the PEAK Courses from Eawag

Register now for the new PEAK Applied Online Course on Systematic Behaviour Change in Development Projects by EAWAG taking place this November.

Eawag is inviting you to the PEAK Applied Online Course on “Systematic Behaviour Change in Development Projects”. The course will enable participants to plan, design and evaluate systematic behaviour change campaigns. You will learn how to conduct a quantitative survey measuring the behavioural factors, how to identify the required behaviour change techniques and how to verify their effectiveness. The course will be conducted in English. Participation in the course is only possible via internet using video conference, please consult the brochure for technical requirements.

The course will be held from 3 to 6 pm CET (Central Europe Time) on the following days:

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018
  • Wednesday, 21 November 2018
  • Thursday, 22 November 2018
  • Friday, 23 November 2018

The registration deadline is 14 November 2018. The number of participants is limited to 30 persons.

For more information and registration click HERE.