TOILET ACCELERATOR 2020 - CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS!

CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS!

If your work is in toilet innovation, sanitation service models, sanitary products, organic resource recovery, waste treatment, preventative and digital health, energy, cleaning services, feminine care, MHM, organic fertilisers, nutrient solutions… we want to hear from you!

Since 2016 the Toilet Board Coalition’s specialised corporate Accelerator programme has been supporting entrepreneurs with bespoke mentorship, partnership and the visibility to scale their Sanitation Economy businesses.

More than toilets alone, we look for commercially viable businesses across the Sanitation Economies – including innovative sanitary-ware infrastructure, products & service providers; toilet resource collection, treatment, and transformation (circular resource recovery and up- cycling to water, energy, nutrients) and digital applications for sanitation and preventative healthcare.

 BENEFITS:

12 months in kind business support – partnership brokering & brand building – access to global and local mentors – access to capital – business intelligence toolkit – membership in the Toilet Board Coalition’s Cohort Council upon graduation

 CRITERIA:

Established businesses in emerging and frontier markets – ready for scale – business model is innovative and replicable – market based solutions

Deadline: 15th April 2019

LEARN MORE & APPLY AT: www.toiletboard.org/the-toilet-accelerator

  • Toilet Board Coalition Members & Mentors

Brand New WWF Water Risk Filter

The upgraded Water Risk Filter 5.0 empowers users to explore, assess, and now respond to water risks!

With the new Respond section, the Water Risk Filter will dynamically link your risk assessment results to provide a customized set of recommended response actions. Whether you want recommendations for 1 site, 10 sites or 1000 sites, the Respond section can offer tailored response actions at just the click of a button.

Given all the diverse physical, regulatory and reputational water risks facing businesses around the world, WWF developed over 150 different response actions. The Water Risk Filter offers up to 50 actions available online. For a comprehensive and tailored set of recommendations, contact WWF Water Risk Filter team to receive a complete range of actions along with expert guidance to better address your water risks.

All 150 actions are aligned to leading water stewardship frameworks, such as the CEO Water Mandate Water Stewardship Toolbox, Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard, CDP Water Security Questionnaire, Ceres Aqua Gauge, UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Already a trusted online tool for corporate water risk assessment, the upgraded Water Risk Filter will guide users along their water stewardship journey from assessment to response to water risks.

Contact WWF Water Risk Filter team, waterriskfilter@wwf.de, to receive tailored and expert support with your water risk assessment and recommendations to address your water risks.

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Summary | 1st World Summit on Leave No One Behind

“On the question of water, it’s not just a matter of missed economic opportunities, of entrenched social injustice and poverty; on the question of water, it’s quite simply a matter of life and death”, Michael Moller

The 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind was launched in appropriate style with opening speeches from Michael Moller (Director General of the United Nations) and Francis Gurry (Secretary General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)) on Thursday 7th February. Gurry highlighted the need to build on existing low cost and tested technologies and introduced the role that WIPO can play in making these available.

Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Kate Gilmore (Deputy High Commissioner of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights) closed the final session on the Friday, with her reflections on the fundamental dignity related to water and sanitation and the link to goal 6 and the

“need to inject urgency and justice into a more inclusive process to realise human rights to water and sanitation”, Kate Gilmore

The calibre of the speakers reflects the importance of the subject, the need to find solutions for the very poor, the marginalised, and the people left behind. In order to realise the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 on water there needs to be a more concerted effort by everyone to achieve these goals stated Director General of WaterLex, Amanda Loeffen. This Summit is the first event of 2019 on the topic of Leaving No One Behind, and the start of the UN-Water Campaign:

“whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right”. 

Andrew Harper, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, highlighted that inequalities in drinking-water quality and quantity can be a common consequence for displaced people, and undermine the human right principle of non-discrimination.

The format of the Summit is rather different from the usual conference, with a competition to find the most innovative solutions for water and sanitation, that will solve problems for people in marginalised communities.  The Summit Scientific Committee, lead by Michel Jarraud (emeritus head of WMO), based its choices on criteria linked to the human rights to water and sanitation, including a human rights-based approach. The finalists had to demonstrate that the projects could be accessible to local communities, affordable and suitable for scaling up, through replication and policy reform.

The Innovation Award was selected by the judges on day one from the six finalist Flagship Projects, those which had been pilot tested, and which showed the best chance of success. The winner in this category was Shervin Hashemi, a postdoctoral researcher from Seoul National University, with a nature-based solution for sanitation waste re-use as fertiliser. The project will be tested in rural Vietnam, using bio seeds as a source of locally-based biological treatment.

On day two, three prizes were awarded from fourteen finalist Exploration Projects for human rights-based approaches, such as community-managed rainwater harvesting, community-driven solutions in partnership with local government, and sanitation solutions for disabled children.  Congratulations go to Deepthi Wickramsinghe (Sri Lanka), Eva Manzano (Colombia), Ramisetty Murali and Mekala Snehalatha (India).

All award-winning projects and finalists will be showcased during the UN-Water campaign this year, with the goal of sharing the innovations more widely and encouraging more interest in solutions for the people that are being left behind.

As explained by WMO hydrologist Dominque Berod, the next World Summit will be ‘le deuxième’, not ‘le second’, which in French suggests that there will be more than one more Summit to follow. Next year, the UN-Water theme will be on Climate Change, and the planning has already begun for a 2nd World Summit on Leaving No One Behind, in the context of climate change.

For further pictures and articles visit the website: https://www.waterlex.org/news-events/

 

“Youth Ideas for Water” at Xylem Europe

A group of passionate people ranging from high school students to retired and renowned experts came together in Schaffhausen to exchange on a common interest: water!

The event “Youth Ideas for Water” was organized by the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) and Xylem Inc. within the frame of the “Swiss Junior Water Prize”, aiming to fostering exchange between promising young talents and professionals in the water sector.

The event carried out on 6th March was hosted by Xylem Europe GmbH, one of the main sponsors of the Swiss Junior Water Prize, at their offices in Schaffhausen. These are some highlights among the many interesting aspects that the afternoon had to offer:

  • Luca Schaufelberger, Cynthia Baumann, and Laura Bauer presented the projects they developed to enter the national competition Swiss Youth in Science in 2017 and 2018.
  • The students also focused on efforts and results that have been achieved after their participation in the contest, showing their continued interest in the topics of their research.
  • Christian Zurbrügg (Eawag) presented the SWP Youth Strategy, underlining the importance of engaging youth in the water sector, a goal that was immediately acknowledged by Xylem.
  • Multiple discussions took place between the young generation and the experienced one, paving the way for future support and cooperation possibilities.
  • Professionals from various SWP member organizations gained an inside perspective about the technologies and solutions implemented by Xylem.

“Youth Ideas for Water” was a round success, resulting in a positive experience for all attendees, and encouraging the organization of similar exchange events in the future.

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SDG 6 Public Dialogue Report

A Public Dialogue on the SDG 6 Synthesis Report was open from May to September 2018 to discuss the report and its main messages. The feedback on the UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation is presented in the SDG 6 Public Dialogue Report.

Background: The establishment of SDG 6, Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, reflects the increased attention on water and sanitation issues in the global political agenda. To present the global review of SDG 6, UN-Water prepared the first Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation, released in June 2018. The report reviews the current situation and trends regarding water and sanitation at the global and regional levels.

World Water Day | HEKS Event in Bern & Zürich

HEKS EVENT IN BERN

– Worum es geht –

Gemäss den Vereinten Nationen haben über 800 Mio. Menschen oder drei von zehn Personen keinen elementaren Zugang zu sauberem Wasser. Weit mehr Personen fehlt der Zugang zu Sanitäranlagen. Besonders stark betroffen sind Flüchtlinge, Frauen und Kinder, Indigene und andere marginale Gruppen. Diese besonders verletzlichen Personen stehen im Fokus des diesjährigen Weltwassertags.

An der Veranstaltung zum Weltwassertag wird der bekannte Journalist und Korrespondent Andreas Zumach die globalen Herausforderungen rund um den Zugang zu Wasser und Sanitäranlagen aufzeigen. Zudem erklärt Karl Heuberger von HEKS, wie die NGO diese Herausforderungen konkret angeht. Nebst der globalen Perspektive wird an der Veranstaltung auch aufgezeigt, welche aktuellen und neue Herausforderungen in der Siedlungshygiene in der Schweiz bestehen. Beat Ammann, Direktor der ARA der Region Bern, wird dazu die lokale Siedlungshygiene vorstellen.

Speakers

  • Andreas Zumach, Journalist am UNO-Sitz in Genf und Korrespondent für verschiedene Zeitungen, Radio- und Fernsehanstalten in Deutschland, der Schweiz, Österreich und den USA
  • Karl Heuberger, langjähriger Programmbeauftrager sowie Themenbeauftragter Wasser von HEKS
  • Beat Ammann, Direktor der ARA der Region Bern
  • Heinz Bichsel, Bereichsleiter OeME-Migration der Reformierten Kirchen Bern-Jura-Solothurn
  • Moderation: Lisa Krebs, Bereich OeME-Migration, refbejuso

Kosten: Die Veranstaltung ist kostenlos.

Anmeldung: Eine Anmeldung ist erwünscht unter www.bluecommunity.ch/weltwassertag.

Mehr Informationen: Flyer HEKS Event in BE, Weltwassertag 2019.

HEKS EVENT IN ZÜRICH

More information: Flyer World Water Day 2019 – Access to Water | HEKS ZH

Call for Company Internships

EPFL invites companies to offer internships proposals to master students

The EPFL is launching its next in-company internship session for master students. The School is now looking for proposals for the next round of internships that will take place between July 2019 and February 2020.

Master students will be available during that time frame for 4- to 6-month internships, 2- to 3-month summer internships, or Master projects in your company. Please send internships proposals between now and mid-March 2019, in order for you to have the widest selection of suitable candidates.

Access to the internship portal and details of the Master programs relevant to this session can be found on the EPFL internship department website.
The publication of your internships offer(s) is free of charge.

For your information, the following session of internships will take place between February 2020 and August 2020.

More Information HERE.

For any questions, please contact the internship department.

Call for grant applications – Fog collection and fog net technology projects

Collecting water from fog offers an unexplored source for water in many regions across the globe where other options are not available. Recent projects have shown that a single fog collector of some 50 square meters can collect over 1.000 litres of drinking water per fog day. The history of fog water collection is long. In October 2018 the largest fog collector park of the world, the CloudFisher plant with 1.674 square metres on Mount Boutmezguida in Morocco, was inaugurated and provides more than 1.200 people in 16 villages with clean drinking water. Each household has got an own tap and eight cisterns were built to serve the water management.

Great development opportunities for the technology exist in various parts of the world – the potential of fog harvesting is huge.

To assist the development of projects for collecting water from fog, the WaterFoundation and the Munich Re Foundation are awarding one or more grant for the provision of new or the enhancement of existing fog collection projects. Both organizations are the founders of a FogNet Alliance in order to improve fog net technology in general, provide knowledge and serve fog net projects including management.

In a nutshell:

From 2019 to 2021 they intend to build up a special fog collecting system, called “CloudFisher”, in cooperation with a local NGO to provide people with clean and accessible drinking water. All measures should be accompanied by WASH trainings and workshops instructing the local people in maintenance and how to repair it if necessary. All these measures serve to make the project sustainable under the conditions of an efficient water-resource-management. The project should be persistent and ongoing with local support after the implementation phase (local ownership).

An applying NGO should have experience in development cooperation, should be able to manage third-party funds and have experience in WASH training. The selected NGO will be the project manager on site.

Deadline: 31st May 2019

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