Water Footprint Network Newsletter August 2015




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Executive Director’s note

As we near the last days of summer, we are looking forward to capping it off with a great lineup of events at Stockholm World Water Week.  We hope that you can join us at these events and join our discussions on how Water Footprint Assessment can support water stewardship and sustainable development.

As we make our move to the International Water House in The Hague, Water Footprint Network is seeking an energetic, detail-oriented, quick-learner who takes initiative, has a can-do attitude and a passion for our work to join our team as a Management Assistant.  Please let qualified candidates know.

See you in Stockholm! (Please let us know if you can join our sessions)

Ruth Mathews, Executive Director, Water Footprint Network







Upcoming Events

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

    Implementing the SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
    Sunday 23rd August, 16:00-17:30*
    Co-conveners: GWP and UN-WATER (UNDP

    Environment, economic and social issues underpin the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework for 2015-2030 currently under discussion by the UN Member States. They apply to low-, middle- and high-income countries alike. A dedicated water goal addressing the full range of core water issues has been proposed; some other goals have water included in their targets as a cross-cutting issue. In the next phase of the SDG process there will be a need for refinement of targets, development of indicators, financing mechanisms and institutional arrangements for implementation and monitoring. Some key aspects addressed at the workshop will include the development of feasible, relevant, measurable and cost-effective indicators; behavioral change focused on reducing adverse production and consumption patterns and pollution, and improving water use efficiency; water as an indispensable link across all the SDGs; capacity building to implement a dedicated water goal; and finance mechanisms extending beyond the short-term horizon.

    Ruth Mathews, WFN’s Executive Director, will join Mohamed Ait-Kadi (GWP), Mark Smith (IUCN), Ahmed Abou Elseoud Ahmed (GEF) and Mukul Kulshrestha (MANIT) to discuss Water Resources Management (SDG Targets 6.4-6.6).

    *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.

    Feeding Nine Billion People: How Water Stewardship Can Help
    Tuesday 25th August, 11-12.30, Room FH307

    This seminar, convened by WFN and Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), will discuss lessons learned in driving sustainable water management in agricultural production, which accounts for 90% of humanity’s water footprint.
    • Ruth Mathews, Water Footprint Network
    • Josefina Maestu, Director of United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action “Water for Life 2005-2015”
    • Timothy Williams, Director Africa, IWMI
    These speakers will open the seminar with a dialogue on how we need to measure, manage and steward water resources at both the local and global scales in the agricultural supply chain in order to contribute to fulfilling Sustainable Development Goals and secure global food supply.

    They will be joined by following guest speakers, who will demonstrate how the private sector has engaged with water stewardship in the agricultural sector. 
    Carlo Galli               
    Chris Brown                          
    Simon Reid           
    Santosh Deshmukh  
    Erika Zarate Torres  

    The seminar will conclude with a lively panel discussion on how Water Footprint Assessment and AWS Standard are being used as complimentary approaches to advance toward water stewardship in agriculture.   See the SIWI programme for further background on the event.

    WFN’s Partner Projects in the Spotlight
    Tuesday 25th August, 14:00-17:00, Room 360

    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.

    We will also be joined by Simon Cooper of Change Agency to guide us through some discussions starting with the question: “If WFN would partner with you in a new way, what would you wish for?”

    Past Partner Projects in the Spotlight events have been a highlight of Stockholm World Water Week – please join us to hear what others have been doing. Everyone is welcome, with or without a project to share.
    Please let us know if you like to join our events in Stockholm here.
    In case you haven't registered for SWWW please find the offical registration site here.




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







WFN News

    WFN Vacancy: Management Assistant
    The Water Footprint Network is seeking an energetic, detail-oriented, quick-learner who take initiative, has a can-do attitude and a passion for our work to join our team as a Management Assistant.  S/he will provide administrative support to the WFN team and assist the Executive Director with administrative, financial, organizational and operational matters.

    WFN moves to the International Water House in The Hague
    The Water Footprint Network is relocating to International Water House in The Hague in September. Please stay tuned to for updates and our new contact information.









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