Creating Sustainable Urban Deltas

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This international seminar is organised by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) on behalf of the province of South-Holland, in cooperation with several partners.

This year, the World Economic Forum ranked global water crises as the biggest threat that the planet will face over the next decade. Climate change plays a crucial role in the future of water availability and water-related disasters such as flooding and droughts. As population growth and urbanization continues, the sustainable development challenges will increasingly be focused on metropolitan areas.

These challenges cannot be addressed in isolation: creating partnerships is the key in developing and implementing successful joint solutions. The Netherlands has an age-old relationship with water and a large number of proven real-world solutions have been developed, for example in China, Colombia, Italia or the U.S.A.. Furthermore, the inclusive and cross-fertilizing approach and the focus on sharing knowledge and experiences makes the Netherlands a trustworthy, responsible and reliable partner in working together towards safe and sustainable urban deltas anywhere in the world. Water is in the Dutch DNA.

In this international seminar, future-oriented cases from South-Holland will be presented. Opportunities for strengthening and creating international partnerships and initiating follow-up activities will be a central focus within the event. The event anticipates the upcoming World Expos in Dubai in 2020.

Henk Ovink
Henk Ovink
The seminar will be chaired by Henk Ovink, special envoy for international water affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Participants will consist of high-level stakeholders within the ‘Triple Helix’: businesses, government and research organizations. Within the program, participants will have the opportunity to meet with promising start-ups from the valorisation program ‘delta technology & water’.



17 September 2015, 14.00 – 18.00 hrs
Dutch EXPO Dialogue ‘Creating sustainable urban deltas’
Location: Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, Italy