Water Footprint Network Newsletter July 2015




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Executive Director’s note

I am delighted to share with you the exciting news that we plan to relocate the Water Footprint Network office As the European summer season rolls in, we’re busy preparing for our relocation to the International Water House in The Hague on 1st September, yet that’s not distracted us from our exciting plans for Stockholm International Water Week and Amsterdam International Water Week.
We look forward to meeting and greeting you at these events and to engaging in stimulating discussions that we hope will inspire us all to further galvanise action on sustainable water use.

Ruth Mathews, Executive Director, Water Footprint Network







Upcoming Events

    WFN @ 2015 World Water Week in Stockholm
    City Conference Centre,  23rd – 28th August, 2015

    Sunday 23rd August, 16:00-17:30*: Implementing the SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
    Ruth Mathews, WFN’s Executive Director, will present “Capacity Building Towards Sustainable Cotton Cultivation:  Achieving Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits.” The workshop will include discussion of how Water Footprint Assessment highlights the transitions needed to increase the capacity of cotton farmers in India to use water sustainably whilst improving their income, thus directly working towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
    *Note: This workshop will consist of three 90 minutes sessions, at 11:00-12:30, 14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30.  WFN will present in the third session.

    Tuesday 25th August, 11-12.30, Room FH307: Feeding Nine Billion People: How Water Stewardship Can Help.
    WFN and Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) will convene this seminar and present diverse examples of the application of Water Footprint Assessment and the AWS Standard. It will feature discussions to explore the potential of water stewardship to drive sustainability through agricultural supply chains, and thereby contribute to fulfilling Sustainable Development Goals.  Case studies from the private and public sector will highlight the complementarity of Water Footprint Assessment and the AWS Standard and will feature speakers from UN Water, IWMI (tbc), Good Stuff International, Nestle, Marks and Spencer and Olam.

    Tuesday 25th August, 14:00-17:00, Room 360: WFN’s Partner Projects in the Spotlight.
    This event will be an open and interactive session to discuss updates on, and provide insights into, the latest developments in applications of Water Footprint Assessment. It will provide participants with the opportunity to share our experiences of recently completed studies, research and tools and will facilitate dialogue on the latest developments and new insights into this emerging field.

    Amongst others, this event will feature experiences regarding the integration of the water footprint within the National Water Study of Colombia. The presentation of the National Water Study is provided by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with Colombian National Hydrological and Meteorological Institute (IDEAM), the Center of Science and Technology (CTA) and Good Stuff International Latin America and the Caribbean (GSI-LAC). Also featured will be a project on Intelligent Water Management (IWM), which aims to solve the water imbalances in the Andean region of Colombia, where the majority of the population and coffee sector is located. This project is being implemented by the Colombian National Federation of Coffee farmers and its Coffee Research Institute CENICAFE, in partnership with Nestlé, Nestlé/Nespresso and WUR.

    Past Partner Projects in the Spotlight events have been a highlight of Stockholm World Water Week – please join us to share your projects and to hear what others have been doing. Everyone is welcome, with or without a project to share.

    If you are a WFN partner, it’s not too late to submit your project presentations. Deadline:  Friday August 7th 2015.

    Register for SWWW here.

    WFN @ Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW)
    Amsterdam RAI, 2nd - 6th November, 2015

    Entitled “Integrated solutions for a circular economy and resilient cities”, AIWW aims to connect industry, science, business, policy and technology sectors. During the conference, the water sector and industry will explore opportunities for more sustainable use of water resources. Cases from all over the world will show what is achievable.

    Tuesday 3rd November 2015, afternoon time tbd: WFN will host and co-organise a workshop on the textile industry and sustainable water management.

    Wednesday 4th November 2015, time tbd: WFN will moderate a roundtable discussion on next generation moves for water-system management and improved water balance of river basins as part of the Industrial Leaders Forum. The results of this roundtable session will contribute to the final symbiosis of three Leaders Fora on rethinking the water cycle of the industrial sector, utilities and integrated water and urban strategies.

    Read more about AIWW here or watch the trailer here.
    Register for the conference here. Early bird registration closes 1st September.




Upcoming Trainings

    E-Learning Course: Water Footprint Assessment Concept and Application
    21st September – 9th October 2015
    Find out more and register here.
    Deadline for registration: 31st August 2015







Water footprint in the media

    Our thanks to Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory, for his excellent multi-part series, ‘Watermark’, on World Ocean Radio.

    Part 1 argues for a complete overhaul of the water inventory, including measurements for its use, in a new green economy.
    Part 2 suggests that, in order to understand how to value the water cycle and how it works in a time of climate change and unrestricted use, we will need to define new strategies for measurement and management.
    Part 3 introduces WFN’s interactive online tools, developed to help individuals, companies, municipalities, and governments with water assessments, to design stewardship plans, and to get a better understanding of the sustainability of our water footprint. It also introduces WFN’s data site, WaterStat.








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