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

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.

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

More information:

The 5th International Conference on Water , Environment and Climate Change

GIWEH is delighted to announce the upcoming International Conference on Water, Environment and Climate Change. The conference will take place on the 6th to the 8th of April at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology in Alexandria, Egypt.

With over 400 attendees from civil society, academia, private sector, and government, this conference will be an invaluable networking opportunity. Expert speakers will discuss range of topics related to climate change including water, food and energy security, public private partnerships, water diplomacy, Green Cities and emerging environmental technologies. With a focus on how to implement SDG targets for water and climate change in the Arab region, the conference will also highlight the need for innovative leadership and Public Private Partnerships.

To find out more about the conference and to register, please go to http://www.wecc2019.com/.

We look forward to the insights and contributions that our speakers and you, our guests will bring to these complicated and pressing issues.

Call for Abstracts | European Water Association

The European Water Association (EWA) Spring Conference organized by the Danish Water Forum (DWF) in cooperation with ATV Soil and Groundwater to take place in Copenhagen 9 – 10 May 2019 herewith invites authors to submit abstracts for oral presentations or posters.

The theme for the conference is Advanced Technologies and Solutions for Groundwater Management and Use for Drinking Water Supply, with the following sub-themes:
• Groundwater-based Drinking Water Supply (Treatment, Distribution, Monitoring and Control, and Reuse)
• Groundwater Remediation
• Groundwater Mapping, Monitoring and Modelling

We invite all water professionals involved in research and innovation as well as practical demonstration of water solutions within these sub-themes to submit an abstract by 17 February 2019 at the latest. Abstracts must fall within the theme of the conference, and we in particular invite abstracts within the mentioned sub-themes. Presentations should have a European perspective or relevance. Abstracts are to be no more than 250 words long and must be submitted electronically together with a short biography of max. 150 words ( delivered in WORD) to Danish Water Forum clearly marked “Abstract EWA Spring Conference 2019” A final notification as to whether the abstract has been accepted for either oral or poster presentation will be provided by 1 March 2019. There is no limit to the number of abstracts you may submit. Please indicate the preferred platform on the submission form. The allocation of presentations is at the discretion of the Organizing Committee.

Conference Key Dates:
Abstracts close NEW: 17 February 2019
Abstract acceptance notification sent: 1 March 2019
Draft programme available: 15 March 2019
Author registration closes: 1 April 2019
Early bird registration closes: 15 February 2019
Conference: 9 – 10 May 2019

More information:

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.

Update on SDG Monitoring and HLPF 2018

SDG Monitoring and Swiss Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Switzerland was strongly committed to the development of the 2030 Agenda and helped to determine its content. It was actively involved in drafting the SDGs and developing the mechanism to follow up and review progress. To this end it engaged in a broad dialogue with representatives from business, academia, civil society, politics, administration and the public.

Background: Swiss Implementation

More specifically, the Federal Council is working both do­mestically and internationally to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda. It seeks to do so in partnership with the cantons, communes, business, civil society and academia. In prac­tice, this means taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions, promote gender equality and close material cycles, for example. However, it is also about creating conditions in which public and private investment can effectively foster sustainable development.

In addition to its efforts at home, Swit­zerland is also working to implement the 2030 Agenda through its foreign policy and development cooperation, for example by providing financial and human resources to support poorer countries.

First Steps

Since the Federal Council has decided to oversee implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the pro­cess is being led by the Federal Office for Spa­tial Development (ARE) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The first steps were taken in spring 2018 and are being coordinated by an interdepartmen­tal working group: An in-depth review ascertained the latest status of 2030 Agenda implementation, both nationally and internationally. The survey also clarified where most action is needed to achieve the SDGs. It also identified oppor­tunities for Switzerland arising from the 2030 Agenda.

The results of this work formed the basis of Switzerland’s first country report to the UN issued this summer 2018.

Reporting Obligation

As part of an international review mechanism, states must report to the UN on their progress in implementing the SDGs. These country reports also allow governments to keep their citizens and parliaments up to date. Switzerland has adopted a four-year reporting cycle, with its first country report issued this summer 2018. This country report forms the basis for the Sustainable Development Strategy.

Status of the implementation of the SDG’s based on the Country Report

Switzerland has already made excellent progress. It leads global rankings in important areas such as protection against natural hazards, social cohesion, quality of life and a sustainable economy. Yet some significant challenges remain. For example, Switzerland’s resource consumption – when extrapolated to the world’s population – significantly exceeds the planet’s carrying capacity, and polluting processes have increasingly shifted to countries in the supply chain. One of the challenges facing Switzerland is thus to reduce the negative impact of domestic consumption on people and the environment in other countries.

SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

National Level

Switzerland has extensive water resources. The entire population has access to drinking water. There are also efficient wastewater treatment plants that are operated according to the polluter pays principle. Under its constitutional mandate, the federal government promotes integrated watershed management. The cantons determine the appropriate minimum residual flows for each watercourse and withdrawal site. Switzerland has reduced its water withdrawal over the last ten years.

Switzerland’s water sector faces certain challenges, however. Climate change has resulted in local water shortages in recent years. Recent scientific studies indicate that this phenomenon will intensify in the summer months in the future. At the same time, the glacier melt will continue to increase.

Regular inspections are carried out to check drinking water contamination limits. Switzerland implements the WHO Protocol on Water and Health. Thanks to the construction of wastewater treatment plants, nitrogen and phosphorous levels in large and medium-sized watercourses have been significantly reduced. Measures have been taken to combat micropollutants, an action plan on risk reduction and the sustainable use of pesticides has been adopted and legislation on SVHCs (substances of very high concern) has been introduced. In addition, the Waters Protection Act provides for over 4,000 kilometres of watercourses to be restored in the next 80 years. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 barriers to fish migration, 100 hydropower plants that cause artificial run-off fluctuations, as well as 500 hydropower plants and other facilities that lead to bedload deficit in watercourses, are to be rehabilitated by 2030.

International Level

As a country bordering numerous transboundary watercourses, Switzerland is involved in a number of joint water commissions in Europe. At global level, it supports the human right to clean drinking water and sanitation, initiatives to implement sustainable water resource management, integrated monitoring of surface water and groundwater, and increased multilateral coordination in the water sector.

The priorities of Switzerland’s international cooperation are: i) ensuring access to drinking water and sanitation for all; ii) improving water quality and preventing pollution; iii) promoting integrated water management and transboundary water cooperation; and iv) efficient and sustainable water use and protection and restoration of water ecosystems.

Official Documents:

Update from the HLPF

The Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard took part in the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) at the UN in New York and presented the first Swiss report on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The overall result is positive. In many areas such as health, education, energy, occupation, innovation and infrastructure Switzerland is on track. However, Switzerland has also areas with a call for action such as the domestic consumption behavior, the way Switzerland’s dealing with the non-sustainable resource-consumption or the production conditions for imported goods. Further, based on specific actions that Switzerland already took, Leuthard called for more engagement to reduce global warming and reduce the negative effects of the economy on nature.

Regarding the SDG 6 (global water shortage) and the role of companies in the implementation of the SDG’s, the Federal Councilor further called for the adaptation of market conditions worldwide that encourage private investments to achieve sustainable development.

Read More.

Further Information:

Call for Application: Facilitation of GWP Strategy 2020-2025

GWP is currently implementing its 2014-2019 Strategy and is seeking consultancy support to formulate its new strategy for the period 2020-2025.

In May 2018, GWP initiated a process to formulate its new strategy. A first meeting was convened in Budapest where GWPO secretariat and RWP Secretariats staff and Chairs developed initial thrusts for the strategy. The results of this meeting were discussed with GWP Steering Committee, GWP Sponsoring Partners and representatives of GWP Financing Partners at a Strategy meeting (June, Stockholm). The outcomes of this initial process are documented and will form the starting point and background to the present consultancy.

Objective: To daft and finalise the GWP 2020-2025 Strategy document, in close coordination with GWPO Secretariat, via the design and implementation of a collaborative and consultative process involving key GWP stakeholders.

Deliverables:

Output expected: final draft strategy document (June 2019)

Milestones:

  • Document 1: Broad process Roadmap –  incl. methodology (end August 2018)
  • Document 2: Framework strategy document, incl. package for consultations and studies 1 as process annex (September 2018)
  • Document 3: Zero draft strategy document, incl. package for consultations and studies 2 as process annex (December 2018)
  • Document 4: draft strategy document, incl. final review process as process annex (April 2019)
  • The consultant is expected to provide a brief inception document on the proposed methodology as part of the tender offer. Examples of related assignments will be helpful.

Application Deadline: 27th July 2018

For more information click HERE. 

 

Asian Water Forum 2018

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) invites you to the forthcoming Asia Water Forum 2018 on “Information, Innovation and Technology”.

The Asia Pacific Region continues to develop at a tremendous rate with high economic growth, rapid urbanization, technological advancement, and associated social transformation. Water is fundamental to sustaining Asia’s progress and inclusive prosperity yet is facing serious challenges for its sustainable management and efficient and reliable delivery of services along with climate change and disaster risk concerns.

The “Asia Water Forum (AWF) 2018 – Information, Innovation and Technology”
will provide a venue and platform to share knowledge and experiences on state of the art advancements to help ensure a water-secure Asia Pacific Region. The AWF will bring together over 300 participants including government officials from ADB developing member countries (DMCs), water and development professionals, industry and water association representatives, private sector and vendors, and civil society to discuss and demonstrate the latest technologies and innovations, including policy and management reforms, and their applications in the water sector. The goal is to increase the awareness and knowledge of water practitioners and decision makers and identify strategies to adopt and scale-up innovation and technology throughout the region.

More information on the registration can be found HERE.

Further: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published its new Strategy. Have a look!