Berlin Water Dialogues:
Wastewater - the Untapped Resource
Keynote speeches by Permanent Secretary Adler of the BMUB and Prof. Uhlenbrook,
coordinator of the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO
Water is not only important ecologically and economically, but particularly at international level has increasingly taken on a political role too. At the forthcoming edition of WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL the BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues will place the spotlight on resource efficiency where wastewater is concerned. Taking its inspiration from the World Water Day, the event bears the slogan of 'Wastewater - the Untapped Resource' and will be held on Thursday, 30 March from 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at the Experts Forum in Hall 4.2.
The event is organised by the German Water Partnership. It is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and Messe Berlin.
Exploiting wastewater as a resource
Making sustainable economics work is one of the key challenges of the twenty-first century. The paradigm shift in waste management towards exploiting a potential resource has long since reached the water industry. Industrial and household wastewater offers considerable possibilities, for instance as a source of energy and nutrients.
In his keynote speech Gunther Adler, Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, will explain the latest developments and challenges in this important field and examine the necessary conditions for successfully exploiting wastewater.
Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook, coordinator of the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO, will present the World Water Development Report 2017, which dwells on this topic, and discuss it with experts at the subsequent debate. At the next event representatives of companies and research institutions will report on their practical experiences and the latest technological advances.
Thursday, 30 March 2017, 9.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.
09.30 - 09.40 a.m.:
Permanent Secretary Christian Rickerts, Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy
and Public Enterprises, Berlin
09.40 - 10.00 a.m.:
Resource efficiency in water management - a report on achieving sustainability goals
Gunther Adler, Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation
and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
10.00 - 10.20 a.m.:
Wastewater - the Untapped Resource: the World Water Development Report 2017
Prof. Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook, World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO
10.20 - 11.30 a.m.:
Wastewater - the Untapped Resource - Prospects, conditions for success and
limits to exploiting wastewater as a resource
Discussion round with selected experts
12.00 noon - 1.30 p.m.:
Wastewater - the Untapped Resource: Practical examples and innovations
Brief presentations by companies and research institutions, followed by a discussion
1.30 - 1.50 p.m.:
1.50 - 2.00 p.m.:
Summary and conclusions
Source: Messe Berlin