Monday, July 2, 2018

03/07/2018: World Water Forum: Brazil

by Alex Whitebrook, Events Co-ordinator, International Aquafeed

Water management, especially waste water management, will have an enormous impact on the success of the aquaculture industry in the years to come. As a precious resource that is undergoing crisis, Perendale looked in to the state of the water sector by attending the largest international event on water – the World Water Forum.
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Arriving in Brasilia for the 8th World Water Forum, the intense heat and dry environment immediately brought the scarcity of water to mind. As a city that has long dealt with its own water issues, the Forum brought a sense of irony to mind.

The Forum itself was an interesting experience. Unlike the World Water Congress, an event that occurs every two years between the larger World Water Forum, disorganisation was evident at every turn. Many delegates and speakers were unable to attend due to visa issues, there was limited variety in public and private representation, there was no public Wi-Fi, and worst of all – there was very little availability of water!

However, participants were not there to complain about the organisation but to engage each other in assessing the international state of the water sector. The Swiss delegation was certainly one of the most active stakeholders at the forum, promoting their cleverly branded policy of ‘Blue Peace’ to facilitate the open discussion of transboundary water management issues. This reflected the generally political atmosphere of the Forum – another point of contrast to the World Water Congress.

Despite the politicised environment, and thanks to the Forum being the water industry’s foremost event, there was considerable private sector representation. One company to take note of brought a fresh perspective to the Forum; Suez was present to promote protections of the ocean. Preservation of the oceans, though it is an important issue, was not a huge concern of the majority of forum-goers. Suez highlighted their position as vitally important private-player in the water industry, especially in dealing with water treatment for the protection of our oceans. They propose a circular system of waste treatment in cities and offered policy solutions for water management at many levels.

Read the full article, HERE.

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