Water Europe at the EIP Water Innovation Conference 2019 Strong presence. Powerful messages.
The EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 concluded last week in Zaragoza, the capital of the Spanish Aragon region, bringing together over 700 professionals. The conference succeeded in raising awareness of the need and urgency to improve water management, in taking stock of important existing policies and in promoting exchanges of good innovation and practices. We are delighted to have worked with so many dedicated professionals over these days and to see that our Water Europe ambassadors and network did not only stand out but also delivered some powerful messages.
Which were our highlights from EUWIC?
Living Labs for a Water-Smart Society
On the 11th of December, Water Europe hosted a side-event dedicated to the Living Labs for a Water Smart Society, after the success of its autumn workshop held during the ENoLL Open Living Labs Day. The workshop addressed the challenges that we need to overcome to enable Living Labs to play the role of catalyst in the adoption of innovation. Durk Krol, Water Europe Executive Director, opened the session, highlighting the significance of the Living Labs for bringing EU research to the market and building a Water-Smart Society. Our Water Europe Vision Leaders were there to present an analysis of their case studies, their challenges and the way forward in an Urban, Rural and Industrial context.
"If we want to go green, we obviously need to go blue" said David Martin (Ecolab), Water Europe ambassador at the second session of the conference 'The private sector taking action for sustainable water management”, stressing out the strong link between water and energy and the ample opportunities to save energy within the existing water legislation, as well as the need to make water efficiency a priority. Daniel Calleja, Director-General of the DG ENV, European Commission, presented the European Green Deal and called the water community to action by saying ‘We are at a turning point in which our society has to turn into green, and into BLUE, and innovation is the key to make this societal change happen. It is key for the EU Green Deal.’ Veronica Manfredi, Director for Quality of Life, DG ENV called for more joint action of public and private stakeholders to learn from each other and drive the water agenda forward. Water Europe is ready to pick up the gauntlet to build a European Water-Smart Society!
Naomi Timmer from the European Junior Water Programme (EJWP) and leader of the WE Working Group on Human Capital held a workshop on the ‘Human Capital in the Water Sector – towards a European skills agenda?’ in which she presented the findings of the consultation on Human Capital in Europe happened earlier this year. Antonia Lorenzo, leader of the Water Europe Working Group Water & Αgri-Food presented the innovations of the Working Group at the side-event 'Use of reclaimed water in agriculture: building strategies under SUWANU EUROPE project'.
Water Europe @ the exhibition area
A big thank you to all those who passed by our stand. The EUWIC exhibition was a great opportunity to meet new faces and exchange with professionals from all over Europe but also to catch up with our long-lasting collaborators. Representatives from our ten ongoing EU projects were also present, and together we spread the word about the exciting developments happening on every front. Copies of our most recent publications were distributed on the event’s site but for those who missed them, you can find them available on our new website.
SAVE THE DATE: 17-18 June 2020
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