Forums are an important part of the Congress to get an in-depth understanding of current trends, latest research, guiding strategies and leading practice.
The Forum focuses on the resilience of water supply, drainage and wastewater systems in cities. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the Japanese experience from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 in recovering the functions of their water and sewerage works. The sessions also share practical experiences of several cities in the world on building water resilience strategies, understanding resilience as the capacity to recover after a disruptive event (disaster or crisis) or slow changes (diminishing resources, social changes, climate change). Lessons learned on how to assess the risks, how to reduce the risks and prepare for the emergency response will be shared throughout the three complementary sessions on the following topics:
- Lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake, The recovery of water and sewerage works
- Enhancing Water Security
- Wastewater and Drainage as opportunities to enhance resilience
The 5th International Water Regulators Forum (IWRF) welcomes high level regulatory authorities and officials with regulatory and supervisory functions related to the provision of water, sanitation and wastewater management services. This year we continue facilitating peer-to-peer dialogue and learning across regulatory functions –economic, health, environment and quality of service–; and bridging regulators across the sector and, especially, with the research, science and technology communities to enable the innovation and collaboration for the water wise world we want.
The 5th edition of the IWRF will address the SDG challenge towards water-related ecosystems and their services, as basis for resilient and sustainable universal access to water and sanitation for all. The one day Forum will be complemented by a series of activities throughout the congress, connecting regulators to other water champions.
Science and technology development is needs-driven and existing potentially disruptive technologies could help to accelerate innovation and adoption activities in the water sector. The main purpose of the Science to Practice forum is to identify mechanisms and processes on translating science & technology into practice. Through this forum we would like to identify elements during this translation process such as challenges and barriers, necessary elements to lead to success, lessons learned, etc. We will also exchange ideas on how science and tech can be translated into practices by different organizations and individuals from different segments (academia, utility, government, etc.) and in different areas and regions. The forum aims to be summarized into a report on the translation of science into practice with recommendations in terms of a set of general and specific challenges/barriers we might face (and how to overcome), what key factors lead to success, etc. The main audience of this forum are researchers, utilities, consultancy and all other individuals and organizations interested in translating science into practice.
Urban stakeholders have a critical role to play in preserving the freshwater resources on which they depend. A disruption in supply of freshwater resources to cities can have significant economic, environmental and health consequences. The Basin-Connected Cities Forum will explore what actions by cities need to be taken today to achieve sustainable management of basins into the future.
Join cities, regulators, utilities, industry, and basin leaders in exchanging experiences and determining how to become better water stewards in their watersheds to secure the water resource, protect water quality and prepare (and respond) to extreme events.
The Forum is an open event and will also launch the Basin-Connected Cities Action Agenda which aims to influence and activate urban stakeholders to protect and invest in water resources with basin and catchment organisations.
Utility Leaders (directors, presidents and executive staff) are invited to join a “Disruptive Thinking Networking Breakfast” on Tuesday, September 18th at 7:00-9:00am, as an opportunity to network and discuss the future of utilities in the context of the challenges of aging infrastructure and uncertain future climate conditions.
This networking side event aims to trigger out of the box thinking on what our future could be like if we did things a bit differently. After setting the scene with a short introduction on the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities, Utility Leaders will share disruptive thinking ideas, such as delivering secondary quality water, expanding boundaries of service delivery by utilities to also be urban parks managers, making customers providers of water, etc. Informal discussion around a breakfast buffet will follow. The closing will be an opportunity for sharing some key thoughts that emerged from discussions, and identifying ways for IWA to follow up.
Join the Emerging Water Leaders in this forum to answer 3 big questions posed by the Keynotes of this Congress for 2030 and beyond. The forum will attract young and emerging water leaders from a multi-disciplinary background.
Using teaching and applying techniques to break complex issues down in smaller components, you will practice your problem solving skills whilst developing answers to the questions posed by senior and experienced professionals.