June 2016

Press release WetskillsUSA BrainHurricane available

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis opens Wetskills in Boston  Boston, Massachusetts, USA – Young Water Professionals from Netherlands and United States meet in Boston! After a successful team-building event, the Wetskills Water Challenge Boston officially kicked off on Monday, June 13, with the BrainHurricane event. Professor Joan Fitzgerald of Northeastern University and former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis opened the BrainHurricane with an inspiring talk about the need to cooperate internationally on water-related problems. Julie Wormser (Boston Harbor Now) gave a good impression on the current and future water challenges Boston faces related to high tide and climate change. Read more: www.wetskills.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Press-release-2-EN-WetskillsUSA-2016-BrainHurricane.pdf...

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New Wetskills-India in preparation

Water Challenges in Gujarat, India. (Machtelijn Brummel, RVO - Duurzaam Door & Wetskills) At the end of 2015 the first Indian Wetskills challenge took place. The Center for Environmental Education India (CEEIndia) hosted this first edition from November 30, 2015 to December 11, 2015. 25 students and young professionals from India and the Netherlands came together to work on five local cases in the field of waste-watertechnology, rural watermanagement and urban water solutions in the community. The participants, but also the wetskills supervisors experienced 2 weeks of a lot of new and exciting impressions, special foods, local trafic-habits and beautiful cultural (water)heritage. We visited treatment plants as well as ancient water harvesting structures and worked under high time-pressure on solutions and idea’s for wicked water challenges. Local problems, but very often internationally recognised, like rainproof cities in times of big rainstorms. Industrial wastewater in sewage treatmentplants and the need to mange waterdemand in...

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Wetskills starts in Boston

Boston, Massachusetts, United States – After 19 successful editions worldwide, of which two in North America, the Wetskills Water Challenge will be organized in Boston for the first time. This Wetskills program will start at 12 June and end at 23 June. Young professionals and students in the American and Dutch water industry will compete to develop an innovative concept for four case studies to create solutions for water issues in a changing world. Please find attached more information and follow us next weeks (www.wetskills.com, Twitter and Facebook)! Media Advisory about WetskillsUSA Overview of study cases Wetskills-USA 2016 ...

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Impressive finals of Wetskills South-Africa

Durban – On the 16th of May five groups of young water professionals presented their innovative ideas for water related challenges during the Wetskills competition. The winning team presented an impressive solution for dealing with drought and flooding in the Inkomati river basin area, shared by South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Netherlands was the head of the jury. He praised the five international teams for their out-of-the-box thinking. Ovink: ‘Don’t forget today. Tomorrow we will all be in other places in the world again, but the five different pitches that you heard today, are going to be part of the change that the world needs. Capture this moment and bring it forward!’ Press release 3 EN+NL - WetskillsZA 2016 - Finals...

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