Stockholm World Water Week 2017

Hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week is an annual event that brings together premier water experts and practitioners from around the world.

The theme for 2017 is "water and waste - reduce and reuse," and will be focused on the treatment and reuse of wastewater. 

WLE's lead center, IWMI will be a key coordinating partner for this year's Water Week, through the Resource Recovery and Reuse theme. 

Registration for SWWW is now open!

Pay Drechsel, co-lead of the WLE Rural-Urban Linkages Research Theme, will be a speaker during the Closing Plenary of the 2017 World Water Week.

A launch event for the recently published series of profiles on RRR Business Models will be held at the IWMI/WLE booth, #45, on August 29th at 5:30pm. Please join us for refreshments and to learn about business thinking for recovering resources from waste.

There will also be a launch of an Executive Summary on Water Pollution from Agriculture: a Global Review, produce by FAO and WLE/IWMI on Sunday, August 27 at 18:00 at the FAO booth (#38-39). Come learn about this new publication that provides an overview of the impact that agriculture has on water quality human health.

In addition, WLE and IWMI will be hosting and participating a number of sessions, listed below. For more information about the week, read the full online program.

Sunday, AUGUST 27

WWW2017 Debate: Is Water Reuse the Solution to Water Scarcity?

11:00-12:30, FH Little Theatre

This session will be an open debate with the motion “This house believes that water reuse is not the solution to the world’s water scarcity challenge,” with the aim of creating a disruptive, constructive and critical debate. Deputy Director General of IWMI, Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, will participate in the debate. Learn more.

Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture

11:00-12:30, NL 535

Coping with Water Scarcity in Agriculture: A Global Framework for Action in a changing Climate was officially launched during the COP22 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November 2016. This event will provide an update on progress to date and is a call to join the Global Framework. Director General of IWMI, Jeremy Bird, will be a panelist. Learn more.

Water in the circular economy: opportunities and challenges - Session 3: A Bold Vision for the Circular Economy

16:00-17:30, NL Music Hall / Musiksalen

The third part of a three part seminar on transitioning from a linear extract-use-dispose model for water to a circular economy paradigm for water and wastewater. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy of IWMI will give the keynote for the session, titled Framework for Implementing the Circular Economy. Learn more.


The Value of Collective Local Action-creating the Shared Water Plan

09:00-10:30, FH Cabaret

Nestlé and its partners are discussing an ambitious approach called the Shared Water Plan to expand the impact of their efforts on water: minimising water use in factories and in agriculture; promoting local initiatives to protect shared water resources and ensuring access to clean safe water to communities. IWMI's new Director General, Claudia Sadoff, will be a panelist for a discussion on water challenge and options. Learn more.

Harnessing opportunities for the safe reuse of wastewater in agriculture - seminar

09:00-18:00, FH Congress Hall C

This three part seminar will look at the opportunities and limits for the safe reuse of wastewater and in agriculture in order to achieve food security, reduce water waste, and reuse nutrients.

PART 1: From Global to Local - 09:00-10:30, FH Congress Hall C

PART 2: Experiences from the Ground - 11:00-12:30, FH 202

PART 3: Reuse in practice - 14:00-18:00, excursion to wastewater reuse project in Södertälje 

Protecting the Most Vulnerable: Legal Frameworks for Community Freshwater Rights

11:00-12:30, NL 253

RRI and ELI have engaged a broad set of stakeholders to develop a Water Tenure Tracking Methodology to analyze the strength and resilience of legal rights and entitlements related to community water use and governance, and are looking for feedback on this methodology. Barbara Van Koppen of IWMI will be a panelist. Learn more.

Invitation only side event:  WASH Alliance Learning Event #2 - Faecal Sludge Management in Bangladesh

14:00-16:00, NL 358

The second of the WASH Alliance Learning sessions, this session is organized and facilitated by the WASH Alliance International. Miriam Otoo of IWMI will present on Business development and viable business cases on Faecal Sludge Management.

Journey to a world free of untreated wastewater

16:00-17:30, FH 300

In order to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater globally by 2030, low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries must dramatically reduce the amount of untreated wastewater they release into the environment. This means involving youth and coming up with innovative safe water reuse approaches until the world is free from untreated wastewater. Learn more.


ASIA FOCUS: Towards a healthy Ganges

09:00-10:30, NL Music Hall / Musiksalen

Building on the WLE project, Healthy Ganga: cleaner waters and more productive ecosystems, this session will bring together experts to review the challenges facing the Ganga basin and to discuss and prioritize innovative and cost-effective solutions to achieve a healthy river in the coming decade. Learn more.

Side event: Presentation on the new BMZ Water Strategy

9:30-10:30, NL 356

The Federal Minister of Germany recently approved the new Water Strategy of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This session will be used to present and discuss the water strategy with relevant partners. Jeremy Bird, Director General of IWMI, will join the discussion.

Wastewater & Health – Implementing Target 6.3: Investing in Health! - Session 2: Microbes - research, methods, and tools

11:00-12:30, FH 300

The second part of a three part seminar which aims to identify options for in-depth risk assessments and targeted, innovative solutions to manage wastewater better, reduce risks to human health, and maximize health co-benefits. Reducing pollution and increasing safe reuse of wastewater will help meet both SDG targets 3.9 and 6.3. Pay Drechsel of IWMI will be part of a debate, titled "Safe re-use in agriculture is not a feasible option." Learn more. 

African smallholder irrigation: double yields with half the water!

14:00-15:30, NL 357

Sustainable and inclusive intensification of smallholder irrigation in Africa is key to meeting the global food security and reducing poverty with limited water resources. This session will consider new ways of working with communities in Africa to use water more efficiently, reduce waste of land and nutrients, and facilitate socially-inclusive investment. Learn more.

Circular economy cities: transforming China and India's urban wastewater

14:00-15:30, NL Music Hall / Musiksalen

Most of the world’s cities are not equipped to deal with the every increasing waste challenges. China and India have the potential and opportunity to change their current wastewater/waste management systems in order to be more sustainable and have long term financial and environmental benefits. This seminar will showcase research on shifting the trend in wastewater/waste management towards a circular economy by promoting resource recovery in China and India. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, Deputy Director General of IWMI, will be one of the panelists. Learn more.

Systems Thinking for Water and Waste Management for Livable Cities

14:00-15:30, NL 461

The third part of the Smart Solutions in water and waste management for livable cities seminar will present real-life application of systems thinking to integrated urban water management by examining exemplary cities from around the world. Kalanithy Viravamoorthy, Deputy Director General of IWMI, will give the introductory speech. Learn more.


Implementing Integrated Urban Water Management: tools, approaches, real world experiences

09:00-10:30, NL 253

Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) aims to improve resource management across the urban water cycle by promoting diversification and reuse, system efficiency and conservation, while taking account of all water users and related services in the city and wider catchment through broad stakeholder participation. This session will explore the key principles and phases of employing an IUWM framework for reviewing and prioritizing water interventions in cities. Learn more.

Financing wastewater treatment and resource recovery

14:00-15:30, NL Music Hall / Musiksalen

The third part of a three part seminar, this session will look at how Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) will be an important strategy to achieve several SDGs concerning environmental and human health, food security, waste and rural-urban linkages. Wastewater treatment is mostly financed through public resources, but creating ways to recover costs with public-private partnerships and business models creates incentives for better practices and resource recovery. Kala Vairavamoorthy, Miriam Otoo, Katharina Felgenhauer, and Pay Drechsel of IWMI will be presenting and leading this session. Learn more.

Friday, September 1

Closing Plenary

09:00-12:00, NL Auditorium / Aulan

Pay Drechsel of IWMI will be presenting some of his key reflections from World Water Week, alongside other highligh level keynote speakers. Learn more.