Unlike our usual waterlogged summers, we have not seen much of the wet stuff recently, which makes this year’s World Water Week all the more prominent. Held from the 26th-31st August 2018, World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991. As a global conference, the event focuses on the big issues in water conservation and management, along with providing a forum to discuss practical solutions.
This year’s theme ‘Water, ecosystems and human development’ brings together experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries. Hosted and organised annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the week sees a range of professionals descend onto Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.
World Water Week provides a unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences, and practices between the scientific, business, policy, and civic communities. It focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world's environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction.
World Water Week 2018 is exploring the wider water, ecosystems and human development agenda including:
- The systems perspective – water and ecosystems from source to sea
- The development perspective – balancing green and grey solutions
- The human and social perspective – a people’s agenda
- The economic perspective – rethinking ecosystems values
- The governance perspective – towards integrated water and ecosystems management
Last year over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organisations from 135 countries participated in the Week.
You can find out more on World Water Week by visiting www.worldwaterweek.org