This year World Water Week will be held virtually, with WSUP co-convening five sessions through the week of 24 August 2020.
With Covid-19 and climate change both demonstrating the need to invest in improved water, sanitation, and hygiene for the poorest people around the world, meeting to discuss these issues is more important than ever.
Learn more about the sessions we are involved in below:
Climate change and water scarcity: how can urban utilities respond?
As the demand for water increases, and climate change places stress on water availability, finding ways to effectively manage urban water systems has never been more urgent. In many parts of the world, climate change and rapid urbanisation are placing enormous pressure on urban water utilities.
Drawing on recent research, in this session we are exploring how utilities can transform their operations to improve water resource management and mitigate the impacts of water scarcity.
It doesn’t help people if we don’t deploy it!
The world needs more success stories of water innovations and business models operating successfully in underserved markets. WSUP is partnering with Imagine H2O for their Urban Water Challenge to facilitate the implementation of urban water innovations that can help transform lives and communities.
Together with Imagine H2O we are reimagining the parameters of a truly productive partnership to support water innovations that can scale their impact across the region, the continent, and the world.
Sewers for Resilient Sanitation in the 21st Century
Sewers are vital elements of most urban sanitation systems. What can we learn from past successes and failures to ensure sewers contribute to resilient sanitation for the 21st Century?
We’re exploring historic and emerging approaches to sewer design from condominial to source-separation sewers, to find the best ways to sustainably protect both the environment and public health.
The invisible link: dignity, safety and health for sanitation workers
Sanitation workers are critical to achieving safely managed sanitation, but their work can be easily overlooked. Millions of sanitation workers around the globe provide essential public services, often at the cost of their dignity, safety, health and living conditions.
Join us as we discuss experiences from around the world of the best ways to protect sanitation workers dignity, health and safety.
Seen and unseen stress on water resources in climate-vulnerable countries
Bangladesh is on the frontlines of climate change. Sea-level rise and groundwater saline intrusion are forcing more and more people to move to urban areas that are already struggling to provide water to their growing populations.
In this session we are highlighting the multi-faceted effects of climate change in Bangladesh and the need for more integrated approaches to developing sustainable solutions to water resource management.