The IWS Sustainable Solutions Village was presented by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi and showcased ideas that have been successfully implemented in water scarce communities to help the population live a safe and water sustainable life by presenting water sector best practices for arid regions like the Middle East. The focus was on the challenges of rural water provision, water conservation and reuse, food security, preventing water losses and low-energy water treatment, with case studies from Pakistan and Spain, as well as the Gulf region.
The village also offered several opportunities for students to voice their thoughts on water conservation, sustainable schools and water governance. It provided an interactive setting for panel discussion on strategic water reserve challenges and case studies presented by organisations such as the Catalan Institute for Water Research, the UAE University, the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the Regulation and Supervision Bureau, the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company, Al Ain Distribution Company, Estidama and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, the International Centre for Biolsaline Agriculture, the HEED Association, the UN Development Programme, the Masdar Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, GIZ and the UAE Federal Ministry of Environment and Water.
The village will showcase new-age solutions to age-old problems:
Rural water supply: how to ensure rural communities benefit from safe, clean water for their everyday lives
Lead Organisation: UN Water
Features of this area:
2 x poster features UN Water- Showcasing case study examples of how rural water supply challenges may be overcome in arid regions
1 Poster Feature, video article and sample pipes: Featuring rural water supply in cooperation with UN Water: Case Study: Pakistan project implementation (By Borouge)
Hand out flyers and packs to be given to visitors and students
Water resource protection: how to protect and diversify the sources of water available, not least the aquifers
Lead Organisation: UNDP and Coca Cola
Every Drop Matters Campaign:
Every Drop Matters is a water partnership initiative of UNDP and The Coca-Cola company. The converge of the mutual commitment has provided the basis for the development of a comprehensive project supported by UNDP Water Governance Programme and the Eurasia and Africa Group of the Coca-Cola Company. The projects vision is to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by improved access to water and sanitation, which is fundamental to social and economic development. Specifically, within the context of environment and sustainable development, Every Drop Matters contributes towards the sub-themes of promoting adaptation to climate change and expanding access to environmental services for the poor.
2 poster displays of project case study examples and how they have been applied to rural communities in arid regions. Content will feature project insight, innovations and key take away points that may be utilised by other communities that face the same challenges.
1 Poster display of Case Study of use of Geomembranes to conserve water resources (provided by Borouge)
Bogachan Benli, Global Director, UNDP
Dr Kadri Ozen, Group Public Affairs Director, Coca-Cola Eurasia and Africa Group
Supporting Borouge Team
Consumer water conservation: how to encourage people to be water-wise
Lead Organisation: Environment Agency Abu Dhabi
3 poster displays of project case study examples and how they have been applied to rural communities in arid regions. Content will feature project insight, innovations and key take away points that may be utilised by other communities that face the same challenges.
2x presentations / videos to be run on rotation in the presentation space in the centre of the village
1x poster board just a drop
Zone Leader: Ms. Fozeya Al Mahmoud, Acting Director, Environmental Outreach Division, Environmental Information, Science and Outreach Management Sector, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
Low-energy water purification: how to keep the energy footprint of the water supply to a minimum, using renewable energy and decentralised facilities
Lead Organisation: Masdar Institute
Model: Environment Agency Abu Dhabi Solar Demonstration Model Feature
Zone Leaders: Dr Hassan Fath, Professor Masdar Institute
Supporting: Gary Amy, Director - Water Desalination and Reuse Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST
Sanitation: how to protect public health using clean water and ensure dirty waters don't cause illness
Lead Organisation: ADSSC
1 poster board Overcoming water cycle safety issues
Supporting: UAE University
Food: how the water challenge of food production may be overcome in arid regions.
Lead Organisation: Stockholm International Water Institute
Case Study India – Irrigation Engagement in India with drip irrigation pipe samples
** Also Featuring: Water for the World display and the Xylem Water Mark
Target Audience: This area will benefit those looking for solutions to overcome the challenges faced in arid rural regions. NGOs, Government organisations, Students and Scholars and regional representatives seeking solutions to commonly faced challenges will benefit from the showcase provided in this space.
This workshop will address safety aspects in drinking water supply and waste water reuse as well. Leakage in the drinking water system will cause the penetration of hazardous microorganisms and chemical compounds as well. In the field of the reuse of treated waste water for irrigation a maximum in safety standards have to be met. The treatment must eliminate hazardous compounds as there are endocrine disruptors and pharmaceuticals. During the workshop those problems will be faced and solutions discussed. Moreover best practice for future planning will be matter of discussion including the aspect of groundwater recharge for drinking water storage options.
Arid Regions Water Industry Innovation and Best Practice
The presentation space will provide a high profile platform for innovation and best practice showcase from the Middle East. Successful solutions for arid regions, past successes and future plans for improvement will be shared. Combining presentations with interactive panel discussion practical case study style content and strategic approaches will be imparted.
Content will be delivered during the scheduled lunchtime break from the IWS Conference so that conference participants may also have the opportunity to benefit from this programme.
Prof Dr Damia Barcelo, Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) Prof. Peter Werner, Dean, UAE University
Dr. Mohamed A. Dawoud, Water Resources, EAD
Questions for discussion will include:
Dr. Thomas M. Missimer, Visiting Professor of Hydrogeology, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Water Desalination and Reuse Center, KSA
Dr. Mohsen Sherif, Professor of Water Resources, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Associate Provost for Academic Personnel, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE
Mr. Colin Hannan, Director of Water Services at Regulation and Supervision Bureau; Abu Dhabi, UAE
The main points covered will include:
The integration and coordination of the main institutions in the water cycle will be considered with a forward look at what can be done to improve current practices and become more water efficient.
The main points will include:
Shahzad Orakzai, Manager Programme Management Development, ADSSC Malcolm Haddock, Planning and Forecasting Development Manager, ADSSC Nasser Al Nuaimi, Director of Planning and Strategic Management, ADSSC
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