20.03.2017 - Natural Sciences Sector

WWD Thematic Session on Water Reuse and Resource Recovery

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UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme, through its International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ), convened a Thematic Session together with the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) on “Water reuse and resource recovery: Best practices, innovation and capacity development” during World Water Day 2017 and the Global Launch of the UN World Water Development Report 2017 “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”.

UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme, through its International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ), convened a Thematic Session together with the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) on “Water reuse and resource recovery: Best practices, innovation and capacity development” during World Water Day 2017 and the global launch of the UN World Water Development Report 2017 “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”.

Water reuse is critical component of the sustainable water resources management paradigm and offers multiple benefits. Safe water reuse provides a reliable alternative source of freshwater in the face of growing water demand, while reducing pollution of water resources through the reduction of wastewater discharged to water bodies. Wastewater is also a potentially important source of recoverable resources such as energy, nutrients and other valuable materials. Effective management practices, technological innovation and appropriate regulatory policies will offer further opportunities.

The session showcased ‘real-life’ practices of water reuse and resource recovery from around the world. It discussed the need to upscale good practices and innovations through knowledge sharing and dissemination, research promotion, capacity development and international scientific cooperation. Examples of business models and cases were presented to demonstrate the potential role of the private sector and industry leaders in water recycling and reuse.

The discussion further reflected on the role of water reuse in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (water, food, ecosystems, etc) and explored policy options at the global, national and local (municipality) levels.

The session was linked with the United Nations World Water Development Report 2017 Chapter 16 “Water reuse and resource recovery” and Chapter 17 “Knowledge, innovation, research and capacity development”, led by UNESCO-IHP’s International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ).

 

The active participation of attendees (about 150 people) demonstrated the great importance of the issues addressed by the session, as well as the significance of the good practices, experiences and innovative ideas and approaches shared and promoted throughout the session.

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