General Assembly 2019 - Background Documents

Dear SWP Members

Please find hereafter the presentations from the SWP General Assembly 2019:

Other additional Documents:

Please find hereafter the background documents for the General Assembly on 12th June in Zürich:

In case of any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the SWP Secretariat.

 

Book a Slot at the SWP Booth | World Water Week 2019

Be part of the Swiss Hub in Stockholm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The water conference World Water Week (WWW) has moved to the Tele2 Arena this year!

Do you want to be part and take the opportunity to organize a networking aperitif or launch a product? Join the SWP Booth at the new conference location and book a slot during the WWW!

The Swiss Water Partnership offers its members a space to create events, presentations, organize movie screenings or networking aperitifs.

Be part and co-own the booth for 2 hours! Applying the rotating ownership principle, each participating organization will have the opportunity to own the Swiss Booth for a specific time slot during the week.

More detailed information: Call for Swiss Booth Participation 2019.

 

“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.

Links:

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Further Documents: 

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.

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: https://vimeo.com/287040558 ; https://vimeo.com/287036496)

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.

Presentations

Introduction 

Breakout Session “Water Quantity”

Publications:

Breakout Session “Water Quality”

From Assessment to Implementation

Extended Deadline! Water Tech Firms - Match-Making Event

Exchange on Water Innovation and Technology

Participate in the Swiss- Danish Match-Making Event & Meet Water Tech Firms!

The goal of this meeting is to create another opportunity to exchange KNOWLEDGE.

It is your chance as SWP member to present your organization and expertise to the Danish Water Technology Group consisting of different companies active in the field of water, innovation and technology (a detailed list will follow in September). At the same time, you will get the chance to learn more about these Danish Water companies and their current research trends. The goal is to create an opportunity to expand your network, connect for potential new market opportunities and collaborations.

Expect a delegation of 10-12 Danish participants (Board members, leaders and member organizations of the Danish Water Technology Group).

Partner: Switzerland Global Enterprise

Join the SWP on 14th November 2018 from 08:30-13:30 h for this match-making event.

Deadline: Express your interest until 15th October 2019 per email to the SWP Secretariat.

For any further questions, please contact the SWP Secretariat.

SWP Program at Stockholm World Water Week 2018

Meet the SWP and its Members at the Stockholm World Water Week 2018!

The official program is out – have a look!

Following members are involved in the SWWW 2018

Have a look at their profiles:

Following SWP Partner Organizations / Initiatives are represented at the Stockholm WWW

Come and meet us at the SWP Booth (Stand Nr. 6) at Folket’s Hus, City Conference Center, Stockholm, Sweden!

 

 

Report: World Water Forum Brasilia, Brazil (17-23. March 2018)

Summary

Every three years since 1997, the World Water Forum (WWF8) is organized by the World Water Council and takes place in a different member country. It is considered as one of the world’s largest event on water. The main objective is to mobilize various sectors of society to strengthen action for solution to water management worldwide and make long-term progress on global water challenges. In 2018, it was the first time that the conference took place in the southern hemisphere. The topic of the 8th WWF was: “Sharing Water”.

The WWF is considered as a key event by the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) members and partners creating an opportunity to enhance visibility of Swiss water solutions and approach potential partners and donors, but also to deepen the cooperation with existing ones. As in the previous edition in South Korea 2015, the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) was involved in the preparation and implementation process for the Swiss presence at the forum. Together with the Global Program Water Division from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the SWP coordinated the Swiss Pavilion (72 m2) to showcase and discuss Swiss water expertise. What attracted especially a lot of people was the daily program consisting of different presentations, discussions and networking aperitifs. Members of the SWP and partners from SDC presented their innovative prototypes and concepts to solve global water challenges, inspiring the audience with a diverse and lively daily program.

The SWP’s main activities were centred around supporting the members, oversee and coordinate the booth and organise events: Not only the participation in the EXPO with the Swiss Pavilion, but also promoting SWP members that submitted event proposals in one of the five forum’s content fields/processes (thematic, regional, citizen, political, sustainability focus) and the two key Swiss events (the Swiss reception at the stand and at the Swiss embassy) contributed to represent Switzerland’s water expertise internationally.

In total, the Switzerland had a strong presence. The 8th World Water Forum confirmed Switzerland’s strategic priorities in the water sector. Switzerland was perceived as a credible, experienced and innovative partner-country with a comparative advantage in the water sector focusing on trending themes such as water stewardship, nature-based solutions and social entrepreneurship. Especially three key topics were associated with Switzerland: “transboundary”, “young people” and “business diplomacy”.

At the Swiss Pavilion, a total of 24 presentation slots from 22 involved Swiss actors (of which 11 SWP members and 5 SDC agencies and 6 partner organizations) over five days were presented to an audience of around 30 people per session.

Overall, the World Water Forum (WWF8) attracted around 30‘000 visitors from 168 countries. Three out of 52 exhibitors in the Expo Hall were Swiss organizations. At the expo, over 2‘000 visitors came by the Swiss Pavilion (measured by the amount of coffee consumed at the stand).

Read the full WWF Report here.

Further links:

– Daily Program of the Swiss Pavilion

– Movie

– Official Forum Program