5th Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week

5th Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week

Spurred by agreement in Rio+20 on The Future We Want, government water leaders in Asia and the Netherlands are searching for innovative solutions to secure their countries’ water futures and green their economies. How to mainstream R&D to boost water productivity, conservation and reuse across sectors, reduce water footprints, clean up waterways, and create multifunctional and green infrastructure? How much space do rivers need? What makes communities more resilient, and water agencies more adaptive in the face of rapid changes? How can the corporate sector help governments manage for results? To answer these and more questions, the 5th Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week will bring leaders together in dialogues and knowledge sharing on “Building Capacities for Water Resilient Cities” within the Asia Pacific region.

This learning week is organized under the water knowledge partnership between the Asian Development Bank (ADB), UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and The Netherlands Water Partnership, supported by the Netherlands Ministries of Infrastructure and Environment and Foreign Affairs through ADB’s Water Financing Partnership Facility. Participants from Bangladesh, Georgia, India, The People’s Republic of China, Sri Lanka, Tonga and Viet Nam will contribute project case studies and learn together in an intensive program how to leverage results from collaborative approaches in water improvement and investment projects for cities. The program will build on the successful experiences of the four previous learning weeks in which over 160 Asian water leaders compared experiences with colleagues in the Netherlands in making smart choices to increase water security in their countries.

Participation in the learning week is targeted to project teams from Asia and the Pacific that seek to build new ways of cooperation into new or ongoing urban water projects. Participating project teams are expected to include two to three highly motivated members, from preferably different government organizations, the corporate or private sector and partner agencies. During this week, the selected teams will work and learn in partnership with dedicated host organizations and experts from the Netherlands and UNESCO-IHE. By working together intensively, they will address the challenges posed by the project team, develop innovative solutions, and share experience through knowledge exchange.

For more information download the Building Capacities for Water Resilient Cities in the Asia paper.