Amsterdam International Water Week http://aiww.dutchwatersector.com Amsterdam International Water Week Feed AIWW Aquatech 2015: Opening ceremony marks tremendous global water challenges ahead http://aiww.dutchwatersector.com/news/196-aiww-aquatech-2015-opening-ceremony-marks-tremendous-global-water-challenges-ahead.html dws-aiww2015-opening-vella-770px-1A straight introduction by executive director Ger Bergkamp of the International Water Association started the festive opening ceremony of the 3rd Amsterdam International Water Week on 2 November.

The Amsterdam International Water Week takes place from 1 till 6 November and includes the Aquatech Amsterdam trade exhibition and a two-day international conference.

Passionate water professionals
Without much ado, Bergkamp reached directly to the heart of the tremendous global water challenges ahead. He reminded the gathered water professionals of the historic moment in New York last September when 193 UN member states adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

dws-aiww2015-opening-bergkamp-350px IWA director Ger Bergkamp introduced the sixth R-word: resiliency.

Bergkamp specifically mentioned the water goal nr.6 that aims to half the discharge of untreated waste water. He noticed that the global water community is passionate about taking up this challenge.

“But it’s a huge challenge”, he added, “as it means that every day the waste water treatment capacity has to be increased by half a million inhabitant equivalent. Every single day from now till 2030.”

"The water sector cannot achieve this global water goal on its own", Bergkamp warned. "Resolving the water challenges without finance does not work”, he pointed out.

Five R-words When the global goals were adopted in September, nobody had any clue about how to reach them, Bergkamp confessed

To give the present water professionals an indication of the way forward, he mentioned five important words: reduce, reuse, recover, recycle and replenish. To learn this mnemonic of five R-words by heart, he asked the audience to repeat them loudly several times.

“Actually there is a sixth R-word”, he added. “That is resiliency". According to Bergkamp it is a core concept when making cities and rivers more robust and responsive to climate change.

Resilient cities is one of the two main themes of this year's edition of the Amsterdam International Water Week.

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Dutch minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen called upon the global water
sector to start taking action and tackle the complex water issues right now.

New EU policy for circular economy The other main theme is circular economy and that was addressed by EU environmental commissioner Karmenu Vella (on top photo). In his key note he disclosed that next month the European Commission will launch a new policy plan for a more sustainable EU economy.

Recycling of products and recovery of raw materials will be two important ingredients of the EU plan for a circular economy. "It will not be a quick fix", Vella warned.

"The new policy will cost money but it is a wise investment as it will create new business opportunities", Vella went on. "Especially for companies that focus less on production and more on providing services."

EU commissioner Vella predicted a consumer behavior change. "Consumers will no longer buy products to own them, but they will lease them and pay for the services that the products offer".

Six time more water reuse Vella do not want to disclose the details of the new policy at the time but announced there will be specific targets for recycling and reuse. "Studies on the reuse of water showed us that of all fresh water withdrawals in the EU, only 0.5 percent is reused. The studies indicate that water reuse has a potential of 6 billion cubic meter. That is six times the current rate", Vella disclosed.

Vella mentioned that Cyprus already reuses almost all its municipal waste water. This proves to Vella it is technical feasible. He urged Greece, Italy and Spain to follow the example of Cyprus.

The EU commissioner ended his key note referring to the exciting programme of the Amsterdam International Water Week and encouraged the water professionals to exchange their experiences on water reuse and recovery.

Read also on this website ● Buzzing city: Water professionals start to gather for Amsterdam International Water Week, 31 October 2015 ● Inspiring solutions at 2015 AIWW conference to tackle complex water issues head-on, 24 October 2015 ● Meeting the Dutch water sector at the Holland water pavilion

More information www.internationalwaterweek.com www.aquatechtrade.com/amsterdamen use the keyword - AIWW - and download the App

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
Buzzing city: Water professionals start to gather for Amsterdam International Water Week http://aiww.dutchwatersector.com/news/193-buzzing-city-water-professionals-start-to-gather-for-amsterdam-international-water-week.html dws-aiww2015-hightlights-city-poster3-750pxThe first delegations for the 3rd Amsterdam International Water Week started to arrive in the Netherlands.

Next week over 18.000 water professionals from 83 countries are expected to gather in Amsterdam and attend the Aquatech water technology trade exhibition and the two-day international conference on circular economy and resilient cities.

The fully packed programme in a nutshell:

Sunday, 1st November
● public kickoff event Rainproof
The Amsterdam Rainproof initiative organises this special public event on the Dam square in the hearth of Amsterdam city on Sunday afternoon from 2.00 - 3.30 p.m. to address the issues urban resilience and rain water harvesting.
● introduction day Young water professionals
A team of young water professionals have organised a full week programme for enthusiastic students, recent graduates and young professionals between 22 and 35 years old. The first day starts with a meeting and a visit to the city.

dws-aiww2015-flags-350pxMonday, 2 November
● opening and awards ceremonies
A festive ceremony will start the week with keynote speakers including EU environmental commissioner Karmenu Vella and Dutch minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of infrastructure and environment.
During the ceremony the winners will be announced of both the Sarphati Sanitation Award and the Aquatech Innovation Award.
● platform meetings
Netherlands Water Partnership hosts three platform meetings for specially invited delegates on water projects in Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda.
● living lab
Excursions include visits to municipal waste water treatment plant Amsterdam-West and industrial waste water treatment plant of Heineken brewery.

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● two-day international conference
At 9.00 the conference starts with a key-note session, including president Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute (USA) and Chief Executive Peter Joo Hee Ng, of PUB national water agency (Singapore). 
See the full conference programme. It is still possible toregister for the conference.
● Aquatech trade exhibition
At 10.00 the gates to the show floor will open for the 25th edition of the Amsterdam. Some 850 exhibitors show their latest water technology products and services. New are the Aquatech Venture Forum, Industrial User Experience, Storm Water Pavilion, BlueTech Research Innovation Pavilion.
See the full Aquatech programme. It is still possible to preregister for a free entrance
● industrial users experience
At 10.30 (hall 7, booth 07.380) the first speaker, Arian Nijmeijer of Royal Dutch Shell, will start of the first day's sessions for the oil & gas industry. Nijmeijer will share his insights on the use of ceramic membranes.
On Wednesday the live presentations will be on food & beverage, on Thursday on chemical & mining and on Friday on Boiler feed & Cooling water.
● career event
a full day of valuable workshops, presentations and tips & tricks for students and young water professionals to increase their chances on the labour market.

dws-aiww2015-highlitghts-ilf-holterman-350pxWednesday, 4 November
● world championships pipefitting
From 10.15 - 13.00 (Hall 7 - Stand number 07.500) the world's best fitters in the water industry will compete for the world championships.
● leaders forums
At 14.25 three leaders forums starting simultaneously with renowned high level executives from all over the world. The forums will be on resilient cities, utilities and industry. 
● Wetskills NL2015
Closing ceremony of the international conference and announcement of the winning team of the Wetskills NL2015 challenge for students and young professionals who compete in teams to develop an innovative concept for five case studies to create solutions for water issues in a changing world.

dws-aiww2015-highlights-slogan-350pxThursday, 5 November
● Aquamatch
Fourth edition of the match making events for water technology companies to find international business partners for cooperation on r&d and international funding calls.
● Dutch delta congress
The annual Dutch congress on river delta management takes place in Den Bosch and AIWW-participates can join the special sessions on international water governance in the afternoon. Transport is provided.
● living lab
Excursions to the-of-the-art Dutch water treatment plants, including a Nereda and a Six/CeraMac plant.

Friday, 6 November
● last day
Closure of the Aquatech trade exhibition at 17.00
● living lab
excursion to Leeuwarden water campus where innovation, education and entrepreneurship on water technology is combined. In the vicinity of the campus are several demo sites where new treatment technologies are tested under real circumstances.

Make the connection: Come to the Amsterdam International Water Week!

Read also on this website
● Two days to go: AIWW rain proof festival turns Amsterdam's Dam square into blue green oasis, 30 October 2015
● Inspiring solutions at 2015 AIWW conference to tackle complex water issues head-on, 24 October 2015
● Festive ceremony to kick off packed programme 3rd Amsterdam international water week, the Netherlands, 21 October 2015
● Meeting the Dutch water sector at the Holland water pavilion

More information
www.internationalwaterweek.com
www.aquatechtrade.com/amsterdamen
use the keyword - AIWW - and download the App

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
Two days to go: AIWW rain proof festival turns Amsterdam's Dam square into blue green oasis http://aiww.dutchwatersector.com/news/190-two-days-to-go-aiww-rain-proof-festival-turns-amsterdam-s-dam-square-into-blue-green-oasis.html dws-aiww2015-rainproof-poster-770pxOn Sunday November 1st, the citizens of Amsterdam welcome the participants of third Amsterdam International Water Week with a spectacular public pop-up park event on the Dam square in the heart of the old city.

The event is to inspire cities to become rain proof by collecting rain water on green roof tops, decrease their hardened surface and create more green-blue areas.

A parade of green pimped bicycles rides through the city to Dam square with 4 meter tall trees.

dws-aiww2015-rainproof-rave-ride-logo-400pxMonster rain showers
Climate change will have big impacts on cities. Periods of drought will prolong, temperatures will rise, and torrential rain showers will occur more often.

These monster rain showers are increasingly often the reason for nuisance and billions of dollars in damage: the water doesn’t get drained, traffic gets interrupted and the infrastructure gets damaged.

In order to find solutions to these problems, one of the main themes of the third edition of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) is on resilient cities.

To address the issue of rain water harvesting the Amsterdam Rainproof initiative organises this special public kick off event on the Dam square on Sunday afternoon from 2.00 - 3.30 p.m. in the heart of the city.

Beats of rainproof music
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the beats of rainproof music while participating in sustainable workshops, admiring hip rain fashion and gadgets or just enjoying a raindrop-drink.

Some of the workshops include:
● vertical bottle gardening
● wonky Rain Pipe Art
● greening your home
● rain flush
● climate talk

Are you also putting on your favourite rain outfit and joining for a rainproof future? Admission is free!

Make the connection: Come to the Amsterdam international water week!

Read also on this website
● Inspiring solutions at 2015 AIWW conference to tackle complex water issues head-on, 24 October 2015
● Meeting the Dutch water sector at the Holland water pavilion

More information
www.internationalwaterweek.com
www.aquatechtrade.com/amsterdam
use the keyword - AIWW - and download the App

Wath this video introduction to the Rainproof event - English subtitles

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100
Wetskills water challenge comes back to the Netherlands for third time http://aiww.dutchwatersector.com/news/185-wetskills-water-challenge-comes-back-to-the-netherlands-for-third-time.html dws-aiww2015-wetskills-2011-presentation-logo-770pxAfter 15 successful editions in five years, the Wetskills Water Challenge comes back to the Netherlands for the third time.

The NL2015 Wetskills program will start the 24th of October and ends on the 6th of November with the Jubilee celebration of the Wetskills program.

The NL2015 is a challenge amongst 23 students and young professionals with a passion for water from all over the world. They will compete in teams to develop an innovative concept for five case studies to create solutions for water issues in a changing world.

Previous Wetksills water challenges in the Netherlands were held in 2011 and 2013, also as part of the Amsterdam International Water Week.

Since 2010, about 200 water graduate students and young water professionals from more than 40 international universities and organizations have participated in Wetskill water challenges, held in China, Israel, United States, Canada, Mozambique, Romania, the Netherlands, Egypt, South Africa, Oman, Indonesia and Morocco.

dws-aiww2015-wetskills-case-ijburg-aerial-350px  Participants will be challenged to develop an innovative water infrastructure for the new district in Amsterdam.

Case topics
During the NL2015 Wetskills, students, water experts and companies will compare views on global water innovations, 
share best practices, and find new solutions on several topics, including:
● creating awareness to reduce drug residues in water
● design of the (waste) water infrastructure for IJburg Centrumeiland, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
● railway tracks and climate adaptation in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
● from solar to salt – durable energy solutions for water supply company WML
● freshwater sustainable cheese

Programme jubilee edition
The traditional kick-off event is The Brain Hurricane on 26th of October where contestants will learn about the case studies, meet the case owners, and hear about the water challenges in The Netherlands from Dutch water experts.

During the Amsterdam International Water Week and Aquatech Amsterdam trade exhibition the teams will present their solutions to an international jury.

The winning team will be announced at the closing ceremony of the AIWW conference on 4 November.

Read also on this website
● Berson Boys number one in Wetskills USA 2015 with UV disinfection for waste water re-use, 28 June 2015
● WISA2014: Concept of business wise training wins second Wetskills Water Challenge in South Africa, 30 May 2014
● Passionate South African, Mozambican and Dutch young water professionals started Wetskills Challenge South Africa 2014, 23 May 2014

More information
www.wetskills.com

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100
Inspiring solutions at 2015 AIWW conference to tackle complex water issues head-on http://aiww.dutchwatersector.com/news/178-inspiring-solutions-at-2015-aiww-conference-to-tackle-complex-water-issues-head-on.html dws-aiww-conference-poster-770pxMany utilities, industries and cities in the world are already convinced that climate adaptation and resource recovery are absolutely fundamental to meet today's complex water issues.

They know that a longer term perspective is necessary but they want to act now. Meeting the water challenges head-on and implementing integrated solutions.

Professionals seeking these solutions are more than welcome to join the two-day international conference of the Amsterdam International Water Week 2015 that takes place on 4 and 5 November.

The conference coincides with the Aquatech Amsterdam trade exhibition on water technology.

dws-aiww2015-conference-sagen-350px  Many young water professionals will participate. Here seen is AIWW ambassador Marie Sagen speaking at the conference in 2013.

Many cross-cutting issues
The organisers of the conference have been successful in getting many water professionals to Amsterdam to share their experiences on implementing innovative solutions that cross borders between water and sanitation, coastal and urban development, food, agriculture, finance and governance.

This year's conference focusses on two themes, resilient cities and circular economy.

The programme has inspiring keynotes, workshops, sessions, debates and many networking opportunities.

Three tracks
Each day starts with a key note to set the scene and trigger the discussion. For the remaining day the programme has three tracks that run simultaneously.

All three tracks will end with a leaders forum looking ahead on what is needed to transfer to more resilient cities and a circular economy.

Shape future cities
The urban resilience track features workshops and sessions that help shape the future of our cities. This track closes with an AIWW Resilient Cities Leaders Forum moderated by special Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink.

The conference coincides with the Aquatech Amsterdam trade exhibition that will have a special pavilion on storm water. Excursions and field trips are organized to urban resilience projects in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

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Roadmap for water utilities
The urban utilities track offers an array of interesting workshops on hot topics such as resource recovery, smart loss reduction and performance assessment. This track also closes with an AIWW Utilities Leaders Forum that aims to establish a roadmap for utilities to transform to the circular economy. Keynote speaker will be Geoff Gage, Partner at McKinsey & Company.

At the Aquatech Amsterdam trade exhibition over 800 water technology companies will show their latest products and services. Excursions and field trips have been planned to 'living labs' and innovative water treatment plants.

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Reducing industrial water footprint
The industry track focusses on reduction of the water footprint and how to turn water risks into opportunities. Workshops include a more sustainable water use in the textile industry, water stewardship in the mining industry and efficient water use in agriculture.

High level executives will attend the Industry Leaders Forum that is to a framework for Industrial water pathways in a circular economy.

At the Aquatech Amsterdam trade exhibition there will be presentations by industrial water users during the whole week. Excursions and field trips have been planned to 'living labs' and industrial water users such as the Heineken brewery.

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Complex water issues
Fixing a water problem with a filter and a tape is no longer enough. Today's water problems are complex and a good solution at one location may not work elsewhere.

Amsterdam International Water Week 2015 aims to be a platform to exchange experiences with integrated solutions.

Or as German professor Harro Bode of Ruhrverband - and co-organiser of the urban utilities track - put it: "Water utilities around the world have different challenges. Water problems require local solutions, I invite you to come to Amsterdam to listen, to ask questions and to understand your fellow water experts. We can learn from each other tremendously."

It is still possible to register for the international conference.

Make the connection: Come to the Amsterdam international water week!

Read also on this website
● Festive ceremony to kick off packed programme 3rd Amsterdam international water week, the Netherlands, 21 October 2015
● Aqua Match 2015 prolonged registration for matchmaking during Aquatech Amsterdam, 20 October 2015
● Four young entrepreneurs announced as nominees for special Sarphati Sanitation award 2015, 16 October 2015
● IWW/Aquatech: Collective call for integrated water solutions at opening ceremony, 5 November 2013

More information
www.internationalwaterweek.com
www.aquatechtrade.com/amsterdam

Use the keyword - AIWW - and download the App

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100
Festive ceremony to kick off packed programme 3rd Amsterdam international water week, the Netherlands http://aiww.dutchwatersector.com/news/174-festive-ceremony-to-kick-off-packed-programme-3rd-amsterdam-international-water-week-the-netherlands.html dws-aiww2015-opening-ceremony-poster-770pxOn Monday 2 November the Amsterdam International Water Week and Aquatech Amsterdam will officially start with a festive opening ceremony.

The ceremony kicks off a week with a packed international programme that has been lined up.

There are good reasons for a festive start of this year's edition. The organisers have managed to set up a fantastic programme, packed with events that are lined up for water professionals seeking truly integrated water solutions for a circular economy and resilient cities.

Additionally, the ceremony will celebrate the silver jubilee of Aquatech Amsterdam.

dws-aiww2015-opening-scheme-circular-economy-350pxHot topics
The opening ceremony will be moderated by executive director Ger Bergkamp of the International Water Association.

In the presence of keynote speakers EU-commissioner Karmenu Vella and Dutch minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen, he will set the scene by addressing the world's emerging water problems and zoom in on the hot issues of climate adaptation and economic growth.

This year's Amsterdam International Water Week has two main topics: circular economy and resilient cities.

The European Union is about to present its renewed, more ambitious, strategy on circular economy in support of sustainable growth.

Commissioner Vella is expected to disclose some of the implications of this new policy for closing the water cycle with resource recovery and water reuse.

Minister Schlutz van Haegen will address the issues of disaster risk reduction and resilient cities. Both issues are high on her agenda as the Netherlands aspires to a world leading role in flood prevention and integrated urban water management.

dws-aiww2015-opening-urban-utilities-poster-350pxAward ceremonies
During the opening ceremony the winners will be announced of both the Sarphati Sanitation Award and the Aquatech Innovation Award.

The 2015 Sarphati Sanitation Award will be handed out in two categories.

One award for a lifetime achievement to give poor people access to sanitation.

The second award is for a young entrepreneur with an innovative solution to solve the worldwide sanitation problem.

dws-aiww2015-opening-award-250pxSilver anniversary Aquatech
The opening ceremony will be closed with a toast on the 25th anniversary of the Aquatech Amsterdam trade fair on water technology.

Since its start in 1964 the water technology exhibition has become a hot spot for water professionals, visiting Amsterdam every two years to see the latest products and solutions relevant to their field of work.

The festive opening ceremony takes place on Monday 2 November from 15.30 till 17.30. This registration is free of charge.

For the Aquatech Amsterdam trade exhibition water professionals can preregister for a free visit on the website.

For the two-day international conference on 3 and 4 November it is still possible to register. Several special rates are offered.

Make the connection: Come to the Amsterdam international water week!

Read also on this website
● Aqua Match 2015 prolonged registration for matchmaking during Aquatech Amsterdam, 20 October 2015
● Four young entrepreneurs announced as nominees for special Sarphati Sanitation award 2015, 16 October 2015
● IWW/Aquatech: Collective call for integrated water solutions at opening ceremony, 5 November 2013

More information
www.internationalwaterweek.com
www.aquatechtrade.com/amsterdam

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Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0200
Aqua Match 2015 prolonged registration for matchmaking during Aquatech Amsterdam http://aiww.dutchwatersector.com/news/169-aqua-match-2015-prolonged-registration-for-matchmaking-during-aquatech-amsterdam.html  

dws-aiww-aquamatch2015-poster-770pxEnterprise Europe Network announced that it has extended the registration for its Aqua Match 2015 event until 28 October.

The matchmaking event will take place on 5 November in Amsterdam during the water technology trade fair Aquatech Amsterdam and is part of the Amsterdam International Water Week.

The aim of the event is to bring Dutch water technology companies in contact with foreign companies in order to find business and partners.

According to Enterprise Europe Network at present there are already 130 participants from 22 countries. The organisers have noticed there is still great interest in the event and therefore want to give even more water technology companies the opportunity to participate.

dws-aiww-aquamatch2015-meetings-350pxSpecial focus
New for this 4th edition of the AquaMatch is the opportunity to quick start water-related funding calls and to be connected to European national water partnerships.

Several national water partnerships join a European wide network that brings potential partners together and support European businesses. This network especially represents their SME members.

About AquaMatch
AquaMatch enables AquaTech's fair exhibitors and visitors (companies, research institutes and universities) to find partners for cooperation: 
• find technologies to partner with, license or acquire
• find buyers or development partners
• build partnerships for future international funding calls, such as H2020, Eurostars, LIFE and Partners voor Water

To be able to explore partnerships for the European Union's research programme H2020, a number of well-known Dutch (research) organisations, such as Deltares, Wageningen University, WASH Alliance and Wetsus, will also participate in the matchmaking.

Participation is free of charge.

Combing with Aquatech Amsterdam and AIWW
AquaMatch takes place at Aquatech Amsterdam during the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) from 2 - 6 November.

Participants have access to the trade fair with over 800 exhibitors, the world's most cross-cutting conference on integrated water solutions, a workshop programme and various excursions.

The extensive programme provides many opportunities, to share your knowledge and experience, learn from water professionals & best practices and be inspired by the world’s most leading water experts.

Make the connection: Come to the Amsterdam International Water Week!

More information
AquaMatch 2015
Janine Kaya aquamatch@rvo.nl
www.b2match.eu/aquamatch2015
and
www.internationalwaterweek.com
www.aquatechtrade.com/amsterdam 

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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0200
Four young entrepreneurs announced as nominees for special Sarphati Sanitation award 2015 http://aiww.dutchwatersector.com/news/164-four-young-entrepreneurs-announced-as-nominees-for-special-sarphati-sanitation-award-2015.html dws-a4a-sarphati-awards-ceremony-poster-750px-1During the opening ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week on 2 November, the winner of the special Sarphati Sanitation Award for young entrepreneurs will be announced.

The four nominees are Indian network organisation Finish society, Indian toilet operator Samagra, Kenyan supplier of menstrual pads ZanaAfrica and Ghanaian company SafiSana for treatment of toilet and organic waste from slums.

The nominees have been selected for their innovative solutions to solve the worldwide sanitation problem. They are considered inspirational examples of how the challenge of providing proper sanitation for everyone can be tackled - goal #6 of the Sustainable Development Goals - simply by taking a business approach.

New second award

dws-a4a-sarphati-kar-clts-350px Dr. Kamal Kar will receive the 2015 Sarphati award for a lifetime achievement.

Earlier this year the winner of the 2015 Sarphati Saniation Award for a lifetime achievement has been announced.

The jury unanimously voted for Dr. Kamal Kar, founder of the Community led total sanitation (CLTS) Foundation.

His foundation helped create a paradigm shift that has positively influenced the behavior of millions of people. In thousands of villages throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, people have started building their own toilets and helping their peers to do the same, in order to make entire communities free of open defecation.

dws-a4a-sarphati-2013-ceremony-350px  2013 award ceremony when Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan (second from right) handed out the award to Becky Auerbach of Sanergy (middle).

About biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award
In 2013, World Waternet, Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and Aqua for All initiated the biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award (SSA) to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals or organizations to the global sanitation challenge through entrepreneurship.

The Sarphati Sanitation Award for lifetime achievement was handed out for the first time in 2013 to US-based Sanergy for their development of a low-cost toilet. Sanergy received a cheque of 50.000 euro.

This year, Bosman Water Management and New Venture Fund have joined the sponsorship team, enabling the awarding of a second prize for young entrepreneurs.

The Sarphati Sanitation Awards are named after Dr. Samuel Sarphati, an industrious entrepreneur and health practitioner who started a profitable business in the 19th century to free Amsterdam of human waste by transporting it out of the city and to be used as fertilizer for crops such as wheat, which was in turn supplied to a low-cost bread factory. His initiatives greatly improved the quality of life of poor people in the city.

This news item was originally published on the website of Aqua for All.

 

More information
Sarphati Sanitation Award
Facebook Sarphati Award

Amsterdam International Water Week 2015
Sarphati sanitation award

Aqua for All
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 351 97 25
www.aquaforall.org

In 2013 Sanergy won the Sarphati sanitation award. Co-founder David Auerbach explains the impact of this for his organisation.

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