WWWeek at home 2020 - SWP Sessions

On 27 August 2020 the World Water Week at home has successfully come to an end with the Swiss Water Partnership co-hosting three sessions: “Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for Water in the World?, “Water Data Scarcity – overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilience” and Solving the Water-Climate-Puzzle by connecting youth stories and decision-makers. All sessions with a total of 19 conveners attracted around 200 attendees from 28 different countries. By clicking on the title you can watch the recording of the session.

Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for the Water in the World? 

Sustainable water use in the face of increasing climate risks is the responsibility of all stakeholders linked through global supply chains. In this session, Swiss water sector players shared their experiences and viewpoints on Switzerland’s key role in water stewardship around the globe from four angles, actively engaging participants.

Switzerland is often portrayed as one of the leaders in responsible water management and WASH innovation. While certainly contributing to improved water management and governance around the globe, it has at the same time a significant water footprint: A remarkable 82% results from imported goods and services, often from water-scarce regions affected by climate change. The influence of the tiny alpine nation reaches far beyond its borders, not only due to multinational corporations with seats in Switzerland but also as the world’s biggest offshore banking and financial marketplace, and as seat of 65 of the world’s largest shipping companies controlling 22% of the global maritime trade.

The session demonstrated four angles of Switzerland’s role in responsible water use and stewardship in relation to climate resilience around the globe:

  1. Experience with the use of innovative technology for measuring water use for climate-resilient agriculture at local level.
  2. Cases of Swiss international development support to small-scale producers to optimize climate-smart water use in agricultural value chains.
  3. Progress and challenges on Swiss policy on virtual water trade.
  4. Ways forward to reduce the water and carbon footprint through consumption decisions of Swiss consumers and retailers.

The key messages of the session were:

  1. Swiss actors and their partners are actively contributing solutions to SDG 6.4 on water.
  2. It is not only about optimising water use. Often the use of inputs and other resources can be optimised, for greater local incomes and environmental sustainability. These multiple dimensions of water use need to be increasingly considered.
  3. Stakeholders, linked through global supply chains, have different roles and responsibilities in sustainable water and resource use, through their decisions.

Water Data Scarcity – overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilience

Water data scarcity highly impacts decision-making in water resource policy and management. This session provides insights into current developments and cost-effective solutions to overcome water data scarcity for making informed decisions towards climate resilience. It enables the participants to learn and share their best practices in addressing water data gaps.

When water policy is not based on facts, it becomes jeopardized by individual aims and biases, losing sight of clear goals in view of society’s benefit. Water data scarcity is therefore a major cause for reduced effectivity of water policies as well as for the incapability of communities to take informed decisions towards climate-resilient water management.

Relevant data on water resources and its policies must be reliably collected, trustworthy managed, and comprehensively presented to decision-makers. Trust can only evolve, if the data acquisition, aggregation and transfer to policy-making is handled transparently and conclusions are reproducible.

Progress in recent technology has opened new opportunities for collecting, aggregating, storing as well as communicating data. Nowadays beneficiaries can be involved easily and thus can develop ownership. At the same time, the validation of data can become more challenging.

The key messages of the session were:

  1. Reliable, open data is needed and it has to be defined which institution is in charge.
  2. With low-cost data collection with inclusion of the local communities we can increase awareness and get more reliable data.
  3. For policy reforms concerning climate change, long-time series need to be collected, starting now to see trends and to know where we are heading to.

Solving the Water-Climate-Puzzle by connecting youth stories and decision-makers

This session explored ways to solve and make connections that build into the Water-Climate-Puzzle by using youth stories as a dynamic narrative and to connect them with decision-makers to bridge the gap between science, policy and generations.

The impacts of climate change manifests itself most visibly through water and the future generations are at risk! Showcasing real stories from across the globe, we opened a dialogue with decision-makers on how policies affect the life of young people and how young leaders provide concrete, tangible answers to climate and water challenges and aim to influence decision-making. The session tried to answer the following question: How can policy makers effectively incorporate insights and lessons from youth-led initiatives in the water-climate nexus? The format of the webinar was dedicated breakout sessions allowing deepdive discussions on research, advocacy and from the field, bringing together young leaders and decision makers. The session was cartoon live and streamed online. 

The key messages of this session were:

More than mere beneficiaries, youth are central actors and stakeholders in the achievement of the sustainable development goals related to the water and climate nexus. Worldwide, young women and men are proposing and implementing concrete solutions in the fields of research, advocacy and on the field. To be successful the youth needs to be perseverant. “Dare to be bold! Make sure you are heard! Please realise your knowledge is at the forefront of what is available in the sector, please share it. Don’t be discouraged by the slowness of the sector to embrace new things!” said Mr Pim van der Male. If young leaders have the responsibility to be Strong-willed, they should not have to handle the burden of changing water policy-making on their own. We have a common responsibility. The importance of dialogue is thus reaffirmed. In order for young people and decision-makers to work together, we must multiply the spaces for dialogue and the development of a common vision.

WWWeek at home

To help bridge the gap between the 2019 and 2021 World Water Weeks, SIWI is inviting you to join the WWWeek At Home between 24 and 28 August 2020. WWWeek At Home will bring together convenor-hosted, virtual adaptations of sessions on water and climate change originally destined for World Water Week 2020.

Swiss Water Partnership is co-convening four sessions:

Wednesday 26 August 2020

1 pm (CET): Solving the Water-Climate-Puzzle by connecting youth stories and decision-makers

Thursday 27 August 2020

10 am (CET): Co-Benefits of Implementing NBS for Climate-Related Water and Flood Management

2 pm (CET): Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for Water in the World?

3 pm (CET): Water DATA scarcity– overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilience

Click on the links to find out more about the sessions and register.

Water Job Offer | Youth Project Manager

If you are a young water enthusiast, this might be for you!!

The International Secretariat for Water is looking for a new team member!

Working with them means:

💦 Joining a #young and #dynamic team.
💦 Working with a wide network of partners #worldwide.
💦 #Inspire & be inspired by young leaders engaged for a sustainable world.
💦 Make the difference to build a peaceful  #world where #water is a vector of #cooperation.

Join their team and help them scaling up their #WaterGeneration vision.

Deadline for application: January 19th 2020

Location: International Secretariat for Water, Montreal, Canada.

Have a look at the Job description:

 

New SDG Water Data Portal

The SDG 6 Data Portal was launched this summer at the World Water Week 2019 in Stockholm and brings together data on all the SDG 6 global indicators and other key social, economic and environmental parameters. Through maps, charts and tables, the portal offers tailored options for visualization and analysis of the data, including on interlinkages.

The SDG 6 Data Portal is an entry point to the wealth of water and sanitation information available within the UN system. The portal complements the Global SDG Indicators Database and indicator-specific databases by offering more in-depth information across all SDG 6 indicators.

Have a look at the portal HERE.

Peer Group Analysis: Water Investment Opportunity through Funds Solutions

The Water Investment Opportunity through Funds Solutions

This analysis looks at investments in water through various fund solutions. Such funds claim a sustainable investment mandate and are investing in various companies mainly in the  industrials, utilities, healthcare and technology sectors that aim to improve the efficient use of water, its access, service, stewardship and treatment. The analysis screens 19 funds and shows that most of theme have a better performance, a lower volatility and a smaller correlation to the global markets over the last 10 years. A concrete example then shows that this potential for diversification can hence be used strategically in an equity allocation to increase the performance of a portfolio and reduce its volatility. The water investment theme can hence be considered as an alternative to traditional investments in its own right.

The 3th Swiss Water Congress - 26. September 2019

ACQUA 360, the Swiss Water Congress of SVGW and VSA, will take place on 26 September 2019 in Lugano. For this congress, which is being held for the third time, the topic of safety has been chosen. The structure of the event is interactive and includes three special thematic blocks.

To find out more about the conference and to register, please go to  https://www.aquaetgas.ch/aktuell/branchen-news/20190701-acqua360-kongress/

 

European Youth Parliament for Water in Russia - Call for applications open

The International Secretariat for Water (ISW) is inviting young Europeans (18-30 years old) active and committed for water to participate in the 15th edition of the European Youth Parliament for Water, which will be held next September in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

The proposed theme is: “The River basin: backbone of regional development”.  The Parliament will focus on how the territorial unit of a river basin can be a driving force for a shared and sustainable management of the water and how young people can contribute to a better water resources management.

More detailed information:  https://www.sie-see.org/en/article/15th-european-youth-parliament-for-water/

Deadline: Applications are open until the 25th of July!

 

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