- 21 Oct
- Category: News
For the GWOPA Secretariat, the 2013 Stockholm World Water Week was predictably jam-packed with sessions, meetings and, above all, networking with old and a number of new partners. Some fresh discussions were held with Danish and Portuguese representatives, keen to get their operators to serve as WOPs mentors.
Despite being at the end of the busy SWWW program, the session was full and lively. Bert Diphoorn, Chair of GWOPA Steering Committee, moderated the session which opened with keynote presentations by GWOPA and the German Alliance of Public Water Industries, followed by WOPs case presentations in Asia and Africa by the Asian Development Bank, WaterLinks, ABVAKABO FNV (Dutch Unions’ Association) and Dunea (a Dutch water utility).
The next set of presentations by German DWA, the Global Water Partnership and UN-Water Decade Programme for Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) each featured different approaches to water cooperation.
The last session was a panel featuring representatives of AquaFed, GIZ, the Transnational Institute and the World Bank to talk about the challenges of facilitating cooperation in WOPs. Many of the comments and suggestions made during the discussion will be reflected and further addressed in the programme of the forthcoming Global WOPs Congress in November in Barcelona.
Final Agenda of the Seminar
- Setting a scene 1 – what are the opportunities and potentials of Water Operators’ Partnerships by Dr. Faraj El-Awar, Programme Manager of GWOPA
- Setting a scene 2 – good practices and trends on inter-municipal utilities cooperation in Europe by Mr. Jürgen Bolder, Vice President of Alliance of public water industries in Germany and Head of Freiburg Wastewater and Drainage Works
- Cases from Asia on WOPs and cooperation by Ms. Amy S.P. Leung, Director, Urban Development and Water Division, Asian Development Bank and Ms. Mai Flor, Executive Director, WaterLinks
- A case of WOP betweem Dunea and Mwauwasa from Africa on WOPs and cooperation by Ms. Wilma Berentsen, AbvaKabo FNV and Mr. Leo Nijland, Dunea
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- A case of integrated urban water management approach by Karachi Water Partnership/GWP by Helene Komlos Grill, Senior Communications Officer, Global Water Partnership
- A case from Germany on cooperation between neighbourhood utilities by Rüdiger Heidebrecht, Head of Department Training and International Cooperation, DWA
- Cooperation and capacity development in the water and sanitation sector by Dr. Daniel Tsegai, Programme Officer UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC)