Wasser Berlin International 2017: The Blue Planet Berlin Water Dialogues Will Place the Spotlight on Resource Efficiency

30.01.2017

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 Internationalthe 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.

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.

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