Amsterdam International Water Week 2015

source: http://www.internationalwaterweek.com/

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2 - 6 November 2015

http://www.internationalwaterweek.com/

 

The International Water Week Amsterdam (IWW) focuses on the multifaceted challenges and opportunities of integrated water solutions for sustainable and resilient cities and delta areas, in the context of urban growth, climate change and the scarcity and re-use of water, energy and raw materials. The umbrella, long-term goal of the IWW is the transition to a green economy of water, energy and raw materials in a resilient urban environment. Industrial-Municipal water use solutions.

The IWW is unique in bringing the worlds of water technology, integrated water resource and water managment together, offering opportuinities for a unique cobination of solutions, policy and science. The event facilitated in-depth discussions though sessions and wrokshops on deltas, coasts and rivers, as well as ways to accelerate innovation in the water sector and ensure industrial water solutions profit from water resource management; crucial for the sustainable futures.

 

 

 

'Blue-Green Infrastructure for resiliency, energy and food'

Nexus Dialogue workshop

Speakers:

  • Piet Kalsbeek, Wissing
  • Aniel Balla, Witteveen+Bos / Ecoshape
  • Raul Glotzbach, International Water Association

Panelists:

  • Jaap Klein, Witteveen+Bos / Ecoshape
  • Victor Beumer, Deltares / Ecoshape
  • Pieter de Greef, municipality of Rotterdam

Programme

A. Part one (35 min): General introduction

A. 1. Presentation Raul Glotzbach: Water related challenges

  • Introduction to the challenges we have to cope with: worldwide, low-lying delta areas are increasingly confronted with challenges associated with urbanisation, economic development, accelerated sea level rise, subsidence and climate change.
  • Introduction on the increasing demand for water, energy and food.
  • Explanation that in water-related challenges, the default response of cities, planning agencies, utilities, and private businesses is to engineer “concrete-and-steel” or “built” solutions.
  • Addressing the link between the water-energy-food nexus at the basin scale and how investments in a blue-green (natural) infrastructure can benefit urban areas
  • Explanation that sectors water, food and energy should cooperate and look for solutions to optimise sustainable use and management of natural resources in cities and their basins.
  • Looking beyond sectoral silos

A. 1 Presentation Piet Kalsbeek: Green Infra (for Beira Mozambique)

  • Explanation of the role of landscape architects.
  • Introduction in Green Infra.
  • Introduction on the lessons learned in the Green Infra for Beira project.

A. 2. Presentation Aniel Balla: Building with Nature in urban areas

  • Introduction on Building with Nature (BwN).
  • Introduction on lessons learned for the design and implementation of BwN in the urban areas of Rotterdam and Dordrecht.
  • Request for cooperation between the sectors: landscape architects, hydraulic engineers and ecologists. 

Part two (45 min): Panel discussion in groups from two point of views

Focus 1. Investing in blue-green (natural) infrastructure at scale to benefit urban areas

What are the bottlenecks in conserving and restoring natural infrastructure to enhance water, energy, and food security across a basin and for cities within the basin?

The panel-discussion is between experts in the field of water, food and energy, but from different disciplines and roles. Some of the topics to be discussed with the panel:

  • How can the economic value of blue-green infrastructure be effectively measured? Are the benefits of ecosystem services clearly understood? What are the information gaps?
  • What are the incentives for stakeholders to work together for the implementation of Blue-Green infrastructure? .
  • Which policy and governance changes are needed for the implementation of Blue-Green Infrastructure?
  • What evidence is needed to build a Blue-Green Infra business case?
  • What is the role of landscape architects for implementing Blue-Green Infrastructure at scale so the benefits can be shared with cities as well as across the basin?

Panel: Raul Glotzbach, Jaap Klein and Piet Kalsbeek

Focus 2. Building with Nature in urban areas

What are the main bottlenecks in implementing BwN concepts in cities, and what is needed to win over other cities in implementing these BwN

The panel-discussion is between experts in the field of BwN, but from different disciplines and roles. Some of the topics to be discussed with the panel:

  • What are the surplus values (eco system services) of BwN concepts?
  • How can we get stakeholders to work together for the implementation of BwN.
  • Which policy and governance changes are need for the implementation of BwN in urban areas?
  • What is needed for a solid BwN business case?
  • What is the role of landscape architects for implementing BwN?

Panel: Aniel Balla, Pieter de Greef and Victor Beumer