On the 16 May 2016 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. (see quote below)
Between 6 and 18 May 2016, the third South African Wetskills Challenge took place in Durban. The event was partially parallel to the WISA 2016 Conference organized by the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA). During the Wetskills Challenge 19 students and young professionals from South-Africa, Swaziland and The Netherlands amongst others worked together on actual water related cases. The cases of this edition were provided by Aquadactics (World Water Academy), Berson UV, Kingfisher Project, water authority Drents Overijsselse Delta en water authority Vechtstromen.
‘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!’
Host: Wetskills Foundation / Happy Hippo Hostel
Event: WISA 2016 conference
Locations: St. Lucia, iSimangaliso National Park, Durban
Countries: 6 (South Africa, Swaziland, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and The Netherlands)
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