Stakeholders in the global water community gather in Singapore this week to address sustainable water solutions
The annual gathering of key stakeholders in the global water community this week opens today with the fourth Singapore International Water Week (SIWW). This year’s SIWW 2011 theme is “Sustainable Water Solutions for a Changing Urban Environment”, which addresses the latest and urgent water issues in a rapidly changing world, and also reflects a broader focus on other issues that affect the urban environment, such as climate change and the management of watersheds and river basins.
Over this week, SIWW 2011 delegates would be able to network, address challenges, showcase technologies, and explore water solutions and opportunities through 5 key programmes.
The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize is one of the highlights of SIWW that recognises outstanding contributions towards solving global water problems. This year’s award is presented to Dr James L. Barnard by Singapore’s former Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, at a ceremony and banquet. Dr Barnard is awarded the prize for his groundbreaking invention of the Biological Nutrient Removal technology, an environmentally sustainable, biological method to treat used water. He will also deliver the Water Lecture, on the topic of restoring Nature’s water, food and nutrient cycles.
The Water Leaders Summit brings together more than 350 water leaders from around the world, including ministers, mayors, top government officials, global water industry leaders, and heads of international organisations, leading researchers and practitioners to discuss water governance, technology and business issues that impact communities worldwide. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will share his views on the world’s most imminent water issues and challenges as well as engage in interactive dialogue with participating delegates at the inaugural ‘Water Conversation’.
The Water Convention this year gathers some 1,200 industry experts, regulators and academics to interact and discuss technological solutions and examine current trends in water treatment and global water challenges. There will also be about 350 oral and poster presentations on the themes of Solutions for Water Systems Efficiency and Effectiveness; Planning for Sustainable Water Solutions; Water Quality and Health; and Governance and Finance.
This year’s Water Expo trade show would see about 600 participating companies showcasing the latest and widest range of products, services and water technologies. The inaugural Water Innovations@SIWW showcases five new R&D projects spawned in Singapore. In addition, inventors of these projects will be connected with investors at the first ever TechXchange platform to facilitate commercialisation and to bring the latest advances in solutions to the marketplace. The Water Expo also attracted six new international group pavilions this year – Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Milwaukee Water Council (USA), the Water Environment Federation (USA), and the Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership (USA). They join returning pavilions from Canada, China, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, Singapore and Taiwan, bringing the total number of group pavilions to a record 15.
SIWW 2011 would also present 8 Business Forums providing insights into the business potential of the world’s key markets in the Americas, Australia, China, Europe, India, Japan, Middle East and North Africa, and Southeast Asia. With ministers, CEOs and water leaders in attendance, the Business Forums offer participants a platform to engage in high-level exchanges and discover the potential development projects and market trends.
For more information on the Singapore International Water Week 2011, visit www.siww.com.sg.
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