Ice Stupa Interantional

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Mountains are the water towers of the world. They provide freshwater to half the world’s population for irrigation, industry, domestic use and hydropower. But mountains are also among the regions most sensitive to climate change. Inevitably mountain communities are the first faced with the task of adapting and mitigating to the various challenges such changes present.

World-wide glacier retreat is one of the most obvious and impressive manifestations of climate warming. On a regional scale, glaciers fluctuations may affect landscape, meltwater supply (reservoirs, irrigation), security of infrastructure and buildings (ice avalanches, outbursts of glacial lakes), and tourist industry (ski areas, attractiveness of alpine scenery). To counter this in the swiss alps, a study based on a 20 year weather data shows that the Morteratsch Glacier (Swiss Alps) can reglaciate and advance again using artificially produced summer snow produced just by gravity.

In the Himalayas, the Icestupa Artificial Glacier Technology (Rolex Award for Enterprises 2016 recipient) was pioneered to compensate for reduced runoff by reutilising unused winter meltwater for irrigation.

Such interventions can sustain the mountain regions as water towers of the world and also provide economical stability by strengthening agricultural production and tourism development.

News

  • Internship Opportunity for Swiss Residents

    Skat Consulting Ltd. is offering an opportunity for recent graduates or young professionals to conduct an internship within Skat headquarter in St-Gallen. The trainee will support the planning, preparation, organisation, implementation and evaluation of activities of the SDC water network “RésEAU”. Location: The internship will be based in St-Gallen. Duration: The working time is preferably […]
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  • New CAS in Water Sanitation and Hygiene for humanitarian and developing contexts

    Description Course Objectives  The course is designed to provide professionals with a thorough understanding of the increasing complexities of the WASH sector. It provides students with the latest contextual and technical skills to plan, design and implement sustainable activities and programmes within the framework of the fundamental principles of the WASH sector, namely public health […]
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  • Public consultations started on Switzerland’s new strategic approach to international cooperation

    Swiss development cooperation is to become more focused, making it more effective. This is the proposed strategic approach for Switzerland’s international cooperation, submitted for optional public consultation by the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) on 2 May 2019. Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation […]
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  • General Assembly 2019 – Background Documents

    Dear SWP Members Please find hereafter the presentations from the SWP General Assembly 2019: General Assembly 2019 Presentation (statutory part afternoon) SVGW Presentation (practical part 1 morning) WVZ – Water Utility Zürich Presentation (practical part 2 morning) Other additional Documents: Call for Sponsorship: Swiss Junior Water Prize 2019 Flyer Please find hereafter the background documents […]
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  • 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 […]
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  • Webinar Series: Leave No One Behind in rural water supply | RWSN

    RWSN has started with the first 2019 webinar series (on-line seminars) with a focus on “Leave No One behind” in rural water supply, running every Tuesday from April 16th, 2019 until June 04th, 2019, in English, French and/or Spanish. Schedule and Topics: 16 Apr “Leave no one behind” – What does it mean for rural […]
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Events

Webinar SDG 6Tuesday, 20. June 2017 to Tuesday, 27. June 2017
Watershed Management Seminar – Example Freibourg, CHTuesday, 27. June 2017 Auditorium Joseph Deiss
Aguasan Networking ApéroThursday, 29. June 2017 Schloss Spiez
Event on Water Risk at the G21 – Swisstainability ForumThursday, 29. June 2017 Swiss Tech Convention Center EPFL, Lausanne
Save the Date: SWP Event on GroundwaterSunday, 27. August 2017 Stockholm City Conference Center
SWP Booth and Innovation Tent at the WWWSunday, 27. August 2017 to Friday, 01. September 2017 Stockholm City Conference Center
Invitation: Swiss Reception at the World Water WeekMonday, 28. August 2017
Event at Swiss Booth in StockholmThursday, 31. August 2017
Webinar: Introduction to Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal BloomsTuesday, 05. September 2017 to Tuesday, 26. September 2017
Discovery Days 2017Thursday, 07. September 2017 to Friday, 08. September 2017 EAWAG
High Level Panel on Water & PeaceThursday, 14. September 2017
MOOC: A Resilient Future: Science and Technology for Disaster Risk ReductionFriday, 15. September 2017
Invitation – 1st Asian International Water WeekWednesday, 20. September 2017 to Saturday, 23. September 2017
Call for Application – European Youth Parliament for WaterSunday, 01. October 2017 to Saturday, 07. October 2017
European Water Stewardship ConferenceWednesday, 04. October 2017
NSL Colloquium: Common Water – The Future of an Alpine ResourceSaturday, 21. October 2017 ETH Zürich
International IWA Conference “S2small2017”Sunday, 22. October 2017 to Thursday, 26. October 2017
Save the Date: SWP Learning EventThursday, 26. October 2017 ETH Zürich
SWP Learning Event “Assessment of Surface and Groundwater”Thursday, 26. October 2017 NADEL
SWISS WATER INTEGRITY AWARD 2017Tuesday, 31. October 2017
E-Learning Course: Introduction to Water DiplomacyMonday, 06. November 2017 to Sunday, 03. December 2017
SAVE THE DATE: SDG WATER EVENTWednesday, 08. November 2017
SDG Water EventWednesday, 08. November 2017 Allresto
Vertiefungskurs: Sedimentmanagement in FliessgewässernWednesday, 22. November 2017 EAWAG Dübendorf
Regional Youth MeetingThursday, 23. November 2017 to Monday, 27. November 2017
Climate Change: The Clock is Ticking – Swiss Innovations and Engagement for Safe Drinking Water and SanitationTuesday, 28. November 2017 sanu future learning ag
Grey, green or hybrid? The Potential of nature-based solutions for DRRWednesday, 06. December 2017 to Thursday, 07. December 2017 ABZ Spiez
Grey, Green or Hybrid? The Value of Nature-Based Solutions for DRRWednesday, 06. December 2017 to Friday, 08. December 2017
Geneva Water Hub – Water Talks No. 4Thursday, 01. February 2018
Journées Biennales des Géosciences et de l’EnvironnementMonday, 12. February 2018
Youth and Water IIThursday, 15. February 2018
Save the Date: SWP Info Event on the SWP-Financing FacilityFriday, 02. March 2018 HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation,
Youth and Water IFriday, 16. March 2018 to Friday, 23. March 2018
Call for Application “ReSource Award” 2019 (Swiss Re Foundation)Friday, 16. March 2018
Call for Participation: Swiss Booth at World Water Forum 2018Sunday, 18. March 2018 to Friday, 23. March 2018
SWP Member Workshop for World Water DayThursday, 22. March 2018 Caritas Switzerland
Call for Application: SWEP Communication CoordinatorMonday, 26. March 2018
Innovate for Water | Nairobi, KenyaThursday, 26. April 2018 to Friday, 27. April 2018
Apply for the Cewas Start-Up Programme 2018Monday, 30. April 2018
SWP General Assembly 2018Tuesday, 29. May 2018
Clean Water and Sanitation – related SDG’s and rights in KenyaMonday, 11. June 2018
Aguasan WorkshopMonday, 25. June 2018 to Friday, 29. June 2018
Tech4Dev 2018 International ConferenceWednesday, 27. June 2018 to Friday, 29. June 2018 Swiss Tech Convention Center EPFL, Lausanne
Call for Papers: Tech4Dev 2018Wednesday, 27. June 2018 to Friday, 29. June 2018
Save the Date: Tech4Dev 2018 – Voices of the Global SouthWednesday, 27. June 2018 to Friday, 29. June 2018
Tech4Development: Early bird registration extended!Wednesday, 27. June 2018 to Friday, 29. June 2018 SwissTech Convention Center
Swiss Events at Stockholm World Water WeekSaturday, 25. August 2018 to Friday, 31. August 2018
Book a Slot at the Swiss Booth!Sunday, 26. August 2018 to Friday, 31. August 2018 Stockholm City Conference Center
SWP Learning Event “Assessment of Surface and Groundwater”Thursday, 06. September 2018 NADEL
Deadline Extended! SWP Learning Event “Surface and Ground Water”Wednesday, 05. September 2018 to Thursday, 06. September 2018 NADEL
Special Seminar: Water, sanitation, and hygiene in international humanitarian response | Prof. Daniele LantagneWednesday, 19. September 2018 to Thursday, 20. September 2018 Forum Chriesbach C20, Eawag Dübendorf
LEARNING EVENT: DRR and water – from local infrastructure to the watershed levelThursday, 25. October 2018
Innovate4Water Abuja | WaterpreneursMonday, 26. November 2018 to Wednesday, 28. November 2018
F2F Event “Facing Climate Change”Wednesday, 28. November 2018
Seminar on Transboundary Water GovernanceWednesday, 28. November 2018 to Thursday, 29. November 2018
Innovate for Water – KisumuWednesday, 06. February 2019 to Thursday, 07. February 2019
Call for Abstracts: 1st World Summit on Leave no One BehindWednesday, 06. February 2019 to Friday, 08. February 2019
International Climate Show | LausanneWednesday, 13. February 2019 to Thursday, 14. February 2019
Geneva Water Hub | Lunch DiscussionMonday, 18. March 2019
Launch of the AWS Standard 2.0Thursday, 21. March 2019 to Friday, 22. March 2019
Global Water Summit | LondonMonday, 08. April 2019 to Wednesday, 10. April 2019
Water Talks Series “Exploring Dam Politics: Rivalries, Power and Hope”Thursday, 25. April 2019
Matchmaking Event: WATER SUPPLY PROJECT ANGOLATuesday, 30. April 2019
35. Aguasan Workshop | Call for ApplicationsSunday, 12. May 2019 to Friday, 17. May 2019
SWP General Assembly 2019Wednesday, 12. June 2019
Exchange of experiences on WASH | Forum of the “Federation Vaudoise Cooperation”Thursday, 26. September 2019

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Contact Person

Dr. M. Luetscher - marc.luetscher@isska.ch

Projects

  • Join the cewas Start-Up Program

    Kickstart your own business with the cewas Start-up Programme! The cewas Start-up Programme supports dedicated entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas for a sustainable development of the water and sanitation sector. cewas is a Swiss-based non-profit competence centre combining expertise in sustainable water, sanitation and resource management with business innovation. The cewas Start-up Programme consists […]
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  • Water Convention Singapore 2018 – Call for Papers!

    Apply Now – Water Convention 2018: Call for Papers The Water Convention, which is the main event at the SIWW, welcomes water practitioners and leaders to share their best practices, strategies and applied technological solutions which address the challenges and provide opportunities under the following domains or themes: Delivering Water from Source to Tap Effective […]
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Documents

English

2016 Annual Report [pdf - 7.87 MB]
Global Programme Water – Portfolio 2017 [pdf - 15.62 MB]This document describes the Portfolio for 2017 of the Global Programme Water. The endeavours of the Global Programme Water meet key global challenges related to the management of water resources, including access to drinking water and the productive use of water in agriculture, [...]
Global Programme Water – Strategy 2017-2020 [pdf - 1.84 MB]This document describes the new Strategy 2017-2020 defined by the Global Programme Water. The Global Programme Water (GPW) is a catalyst promoting policy changes and the implementation of innovative solutions. It is a bridge builder, positioning water and sanitation on the international [...]
SWP Statutes 2016 [pdf - 514.33 KB]