IHP IX Young Water Professionals Consultation

On Friday 29 November from 14:00-17:00 at IHE Delft, the Netherlands National IHP-HWRP Committee together with the UNESCO IHP Secretariat co-hosted a workshop for young professionals (18-35 years old) to give their input on the new IHP Phase IX (2022-2029). UNESCO IHP, which is the UN’s only intergovernmental programme dedicated to water science, research and capacity development, is currently implementing its Phase VIII on “Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges (2014-2021).” However as this Phase is coming to an end, the next seven-year strategy, IHP IX, is currently being drafted. To ensure that the voices of youth and young professionals are incorporated into this new strategy, the Dutch IHP-HWRP Committee invited more than thirty young participants from across the world (virtual and in-person) to give their inputs.

The workshop began with an opening plenary where the participants introduced themselves and their respective organizations and affiliations. Among these, included representatives from the Water Youth Network, International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre, World Youth Parliament for Water, IHE Delft, Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences, Association des Jeunes Professionnels de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement du Sénégal, Scheldt Youth Parliament, the Netherlands UNESCO Youth Commission and Wageningen University.

To frame the subsequent consultation, the participants were introduced to UNESCO IHP and its Phase IX. Sandra de Vries, who is a young expert on the Task Force creating this draft document, helped the participants visualize and understand the contents and organization of IHP IX.

Currently, IHP IX consists of three main pillars (1): Addressing the gap between data and information; (2): Supporting science-based decisions for adaptation and mitigation to face the negative consequences of past-adopted decisions; (3): Achieving sustainable water management. Because the participants came from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, they were asked to select the pillar that most resonated with them during the Breakout Sessions.

The breakout sessions were each dedicated to a specific pillar. Facilitators of the sessions, included young representatives from IHE Delft, the International Groundwater Resources Assessment, and the Water Youth Network. These 50-minute sessions gave participants the opportunity to directly deliver their input on the pillar of their choice. The participants were asked to reflect on the aims and indicators of success of that pillar, and engage in a discussion on what is still lacking and how they as young professionals can provide their support.

The first breakout session focused on the gap between data and information in support of water resources management. Led by Lauren from IHE Delft, this was a dynamic and well-attended session. The group reflected on the importance of transparency and ownership in the gathering and analysis of data. They wondered how we can make data more understandable, usable and accessible to everybody. They noted that if the data is not generated and stored ‘properly’, it cannot be completely legitimate. As young professionals, the group agreed to question authority and historical methods, be proactive, and collaborate across disciplines.

The second session was led by Claudia from the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre. Here, the discussions revolved around how science can be used for adaptation and mitigation to face the negative consequences of past adopted decisions. The participants reflected on the importance of raising awareness and support among people, and noted that climate change adaptation and mitigation measures should be designed taking into account the inputs of local people, since they are the ones most often facing the challenges. Education, through both formal and informal methods, should be used to spread awareness and include all members of society in water management. Hydrologists are not the only ones with valuable input

The final session, was led by Tim from the Water Youth Network. This session, was a virtual one, attended by nine young experts from around the world. The participants called this pillar: “21st Century Integrated Water Resources Management.” They focused on the importance of inclusiveness and collaboration, achieved through both existing (Stockholm World Water Week) and new platforms (online, webinars). As young water professionals, they agreed to collaborate, advocate and engage in governance processes, and promote new and innovative ideas.

During the closing plenary, the representatives of the breakout sessions were invited to recap their main points of discussions. Together, the participants of the workshop engaged in a reflection and discussion on the Pillars and the IHP IX document as a whole. One of the common threads of discussion, was the importance of engaging people beyond the scientific community around data gathering and participation in the water sector. A lingering question was how to ‘sell’ this IHP IX document in a way that will touch and relate to all people. It was agreed that there is a strong need for monitoring, accountability, transparency and governance in the water sector. Young people can be pivotal actors in pushing and achieving these.

In conclusion, the participants were asked to come up with a title for IHP IX. Among the many suggestions, three titles stood out the most. The winning title, was “Making Water Work for All: Future-Proofing Water Management.”

When asked to describe their main takeaways from IHP IX, the participants jointly created the following word cloud:

Diversity, inclusion, young professionals, data and IHP. These were the common themes that stood out to the participants during the workshop. Thank you to all the participants who joined us and contributed their valuable input to IHP IX. Your voices will be heard.

THE GLOBAL NETWORK OF WATER MUSEUMS BECOMES A UNESCO-IHP INITIATIVE!

[Paris, 15th of June 2018]. The Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program (UNESCO-IHP) unanimously voted a Resolution endorsing a worldwide network of water museums at its 23rd Session. The Resolution passed cites the:

“Global Network of Water Museums and UNESCO-IHP in support of Water Sustainability Education and Water Awareness Efforts”

“Water museums represent a unique heritage, displaying and questioning the different water civilizations that have developed around the world: from oases in the desert to terraced fields, water mills, waterways, aqueducts, fountains and rain harvesting artefacts… Today’s water resources are increasingly threatened by waste, quantity and quality degradation, despite extraordinary technological progress – or rather, because of it. Hydraulic heritage is a vital source of inspiration to face the modern water crises on a universal scale. In this context, the Global Network aims to reinstate a new relationship between humanity and water, a new sense of civilization, which helps us to reconnect people and water in all its dimensions: technical, but also social, cultural, artistic and spiritual.

The Resolution XXIII-6 was officially submitted to the IHP Council by the Netherlands and formally supported by Canada, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentina, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan and Zambia through their Permanent Delegations to UNESCO.
The approval of the Resolution confirms future synergies of the Global Network with UNESCO with the objective to better use water museums to improve water management and to disseminate water-related knowledge through education and public awareness-raising activities, web platforms, conferences, workshops, publications, exhibitions and art performances.

The Global Network of Water Museums (WAMU-NET) is a non-profit organization aimed at transmitting through generations unique water-related knowledge – both natural and cultural, tangible and intangible – including hydraulic artifacts, unique environments, management models and techniques, perceptions, attitudes and behaviors. Currently, there are over 60 institutions, which count a combined audience of more than 5 million visitors per year. Each member has its own vision and diverse and particular approach with regard to water, concerning educational, cultural and scientific activities.

WAMU-NET was first established in May 2017 at the international conference hosted by the Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (UNESCO), based in Venice, Italy, with the aim of preserving all waters, together with the cultural and historical dimensions which still may narrate the special and unique relationship of humanity with the liquid element.

The successful team which submitted the Resolution (on the Global Network of Water Museums) to the 23rd Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO in Paris, with representatives from the Netherlands Permanent Delegation, the University of Venice, Civiltà dell’Acqua, and representatives of UNESCO-IHP and of water museums from Portugal, Romania and Iran.
Global Network of Water Museums team after a presentin the resolution to the 23rd Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO in Paris, on the 12th June.
Right: Philippe Pypaert of UNESCO-IHP with WAMUNET representatives Victor-Lucian Croitoru, Romania; Mariana Castro Henriques, Portugal; Hugo Groeneveld, Netherlands and Eriberto Eulisse Civiltà dell’Acqua at the WAMUNET side event cocktail of the 23rd IHP Council Session in Paris.
Eriberto Eulisse coordinator of WAMUNET at the end of the 23rd IHP Council Session in Paris with representatives from UNESCO-IHP and the Netherlands Permanent Delegation (RIGHT: Sandra de Vries, Philippe Pypaert and Alexander Otte) and from ICQHS International Centre on Qanats and Hydraulic Structures, Iran (LEFT: Majid Labbaf)
Eriberto Eulisse, coordinator and Ann Adanusah, communications, for the Global Network of Water Museums with Honourable Joseph Kofi Adda, Ghanaian Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation and the Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah of the Ghanaian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO who signed the Resolution.

Welcome word for the new scientific chair of the Netherlands IHP-HWRP committee

We are happy to introduce the new scientific co-chair of the Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee, Prof. Remko Uijlenhoet. He will work together with the governmental co-chair, Jan Busstra.

Remko will take over the position from Prof. Pieter van der Zaag, who we thank for successfully chairing this committee for the past four years!

Remko is chair holder of the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group at Wageningen University and Research institute, contributing together with his chair group to the improved understanding of catchment-scale hydrological processes. He is also an active member in many Dutch hydrological centres and communities, including our committee but also the Boussinesq Center for Hydrology and the Netherlands Hydrological Society (NHV), of which he also chairs the board. We are confident that he will be an excellent scientific chair of the Committee.

New scientific chair; Remko Uijlenhoet

Proud to support the WAMU-Net initiative

The Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee is proud to tell that the 2nd International Workshop of the Global Network of Water Museums will be held from 14 – 18 of May in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. As committee, we are pleased that the future Museum Kruithuis in ‘s Hertogenbosch has taken the opportunity to connect to the WAMU-Net (Water Museums Network) initiative, and will welcome other museums around the world to the Netherlands to discuss future cooperation.

Water Museums bring together everything UNESCO stands for: Culture, Education and (Water) Science. It is for that reason that the Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee supports the initiative and we will most likely hold our next Committee meeting during this workshop.

Meeting with Kring Vrienden and the Italian IHP Committee @ Den Bosch, 11 November 2017

Want to read more about the WAMU-Net? Just read the front cover story of SIWI Stockholm Water Front No4 2017.

 

 

 

Climate change, migration & me – Presenting the winning teams!

Wednesday 1st of November the Climate change, migration & me Challenge has been finalized as part of the Young Water Professional program of the Amsterdam International Water Week. Five teams have researched 5 different cases (go here to find the case-descriptions and -owners) and presented their results to a jury consisting of:

  • Jan Busstra – Head of Unit Marine and International Water Policy – Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
  • Marcel Beukeboom – Climate Envoy of the Netherlands
  • Louise van Schaik – Head Clingendael Sustainability & Senior Research Fellow – Clingendael Institute

All the participants of the Challenge Climate Change, Migration & Me

Their research resulted into two different outputs; a research poster and a short video. The results can be found here.

We would sincerely like to thank all participants, case-owners and jury for making this Challenge a huge success! Furthermore, we again congratulate the winning groups (described below), and are very curious to hear about their experiences during COP23 in Bonn and the Planetary Security Conference in The Hague.

The winners of the challenge are: Karin Bremer, Leslie Ford, Maya Velis and Marieke Hagg from the Case: Zika In Paradise: Climate Change, Migration, and Disease. They are able to go to the COP23: the 23rd Conference of the Parties on Climate Change from 9 until 11 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The case was offered by Tatiana Acevedo Guerrero, lecturer and researcher in the Politics of Sanitation and Wastewater Governance at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, and Leslie Ford, a MSc candidate in Water Services Management.

The group that will go to COP23!

 The second price is for Elisa Perpignan, Derrick Agyapong, Rollis Jiofack, Oluwasegun Seriki (participating online out of respectively Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ireland),  from the case: European Pact for Water. They are able to go to the Planetary Security Conference – 12 and 13 December, 2017 – The Hague, the Netherlands. The case was offered by the European Pact for Water & Women for Water Partnership by Lesha Witmer and Annemiek Jenniskens.

The group that won an entrance to the Planetary Security Conference!

During the final presentation, we have launched an escape room that has been built on behalf of the Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee by Popup Escape, to initiate awareness and discussion on the relation between Climate Change, Migration and your own involvement. This escape room will pop-up during several events in the coming year, where the scientific posters that are a result of this Challenge will give background and information to the players.

Will you be able to solve the puzzles in 20 minutes?

 

Are you also interested in placing the escape room during your event? Please let us know by emailing to ihp.hwrp@unesco.nl

We are working on a magazine that will disseminate all the results of this challenge, and more.

UNESCO school workshop

Currently the Netherlands counts 45 UNESCO schools. UNESCO schools are part of UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). The schools range from primary education to Universities and pay attention to four UNESCO themes. These themes are used worldwide:

  • Peace and human rights
  • Intercultural learning
  • World citizenship
  • Durability

On October 5th, Dutch UNESCO schools gathered together in The Hague to connect and get inspired. Teachers, student groups, and potential UNESCO schools had the opportunity to talk to each other and exchange information to develop ideas for their own school curricula. This day we – the secretariat of the Netherlands IHP-HWRP committee – were able to give a workshop completely related to water. The workshop highlighted three great water initiatives:

  • Hugo Groeneveld from Kring Vrienden, ‘S-Hertogenbosch, gave a presentation about their work in Den Bosch and about their interest for the Global Network of Water Museums. The Global Network of Water Museums is an initiative from the water museum in Venice, who with the support of IHP Italy aim to create a network among Water Museums around the globe. Kring Vrienden of ‘S-Hertogenbosch are designing a water museum and plan to contribute to the Global Network of Water Museums. The UNESCO schools have been invited to ‘S-Hertogenbosch for an interesting excursion on our Dutch water-related history!
  • Paul van Essen went into discussion with the teachers about how we can value water and how valuing water could be introduced in the school curricula. This in order to see how youth perceives the value of water. Valuing water is an initiative from the High Level Panel on Water who mainly focus on the implementation of sustainable development goal 6, to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  • Lyvia represented TAHMO (The Trans-African Hydro Meteorological Observatory) who aim to develop a vast network of weather stations across Africa. Current and historic weather data is important for agricultural and climate monitoring. TAHMO created two educational programs – School2School and University2University – which are initiatives that involve schools in actual research and are meant to increase international school partnerships. UNESCO schools could join one of the 2 initiatives and get a partner school in Africa or even go on exchange.

We hope we have inspired schools to include water related topics into their curricula in a creative manner!

The Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee Secretariat has been strengthened!

For the coming half year, we are happy to welcome Lyvia van der Jagt, who started an internship at the Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee Secretariat.

Herewith, she would like to introduce herself:

Hi, my name is Lyvia van der Jagt, I am a Coastal Zone Management student from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. For the coming 5 months, I will work with the Netherlands National IHP-HWRP Committee as part of my final internship. I am excited and eager to learn more about the Committee, IHE-Delft company, and all the projects that come into play. I will especially focus on the main theme of the Committee this year, which is the Challenge ‘Climate Change, Migration, and Me’.

During my study, I have worked on coral conservation and restoration in Thailand and followed a minor in Sustainable Island Management. The combination of these two projects led to my final thesis, which was focused on how to increase support, involvement, and participation with the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute among the local community on St. Eustatius. Working for the Netherlands National IHP-HWRP Committee is the final step in my journey to become a graduated Coastal Zone Manager.

You can contact her at: l.vanderjagt@un-ihe.org

 

The online consultation for the Valuing Water initiative of the HLPW is live!

The Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee has joined forces with the Water Youth Network (WYN), the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), and the Young AIWW (YWP Amsterdam International Water Week), to create the above animation and show why it is especially important for young people to give input to the #valuingwater process.

Your input and action

As young person, your thoughts and actions on #valuingwater are highly valued! You are invited by 11 heads of state to comment on draft principles on Valuing Water. We also know that actions speak louder than words. The consultation provides space to showcase the  actions you might already undertake, or great plans you have, that link to valuing water. Share them via the consultation with the High Level Panel for Water! Read more about the initiative below, and check the film for more information!

Visit this website, and click the tab ‘consultation’ to provide your input:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/HLPWater

Water and the UN

Water is high on the agenda at the United Nations. To support a ‘comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services’, the Secretary General has invited 11 Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services.

Value water and the High Level Panel on Water

This High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) focuses first and foremost on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, but also on the achievement of the other SDGs that rely on the development and management of water resources.

One of the HLPW’s key cross cutting projects is on Valuing Water. This project aims to contribute to “a global consensus and common language to guide better approaches to valuing water across three critical dimensions – social and cultural, environmental and economic”. To support a common language and development of joint action, the HLPW provided the Bellagio Principles on Valuing Water.