November 2017

Successful mission for SunGlacier Challenge in Oman

Last week the Wetskills Foundation visited Omani partners to prepare the first edition of the SunGlacier Challenge. Coming five year Sultan Qaboos University and Wetskills Foundation will organise the so-called SunGlacier Challenge yearly. This programme, inspired by climate artist and Wetskills Ambassador Ap Verheggen, challenges teams of young talents (both students and/or Young Professioanals) to build their own device to get water out of the air by solar panels (picture right: proposed site): link to Challenge page. The main aim is to get significant progress with this method of water supply coming five years. The first edition of this SunGlacier programme will be from 18-22 March (during World Water Day). At the moment 7 teams from 5 different countries have applied for this programme. The organisation is polishing the programme with partners as Middle East Desalination Research Center, Petroleum Development Oman, SQU Water research Center en the Embassay of the Kingdom...

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First Resilience Challenge with Red Cross was a success

The #ResilienceChallenge focused on improving the resilience of communities for Red Cross and Red Crescent staff members. It was organised in parallel to the IFRC General Assembly in Antalya, Turkey from 3-9 November 2017. In this challenge the participants worked on selected cases to draft innovative plans to reducing disaster risk and strengthen community resilience. Watch the movie about the programme. The challenge was organized as a cooperation between Wetskills Foundation and Partners for Resilience Programme – an alliance of five Netherlands-based humanitarian, development, climate and environment organisaton and their more than fifty implementing partners, led by the Netherlands Red Cross. For more information:   ...

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Winner Wetskills The Netherlands 2017: Flushing fish – case for Waternet

"A solution as simple as innovative. Why did we not think of this before? "With these words, Henk Ovink, Dutch envoy of international water affairs, announced the winner of Wetskills Challenge the Netherlands 2017 during the plenary concluding session of the AIWW. The group of Thijs Lieverse invented a new fish migration system for Waternet. The concept: "See the poldersystem as a toilet. If the water in the sink (polder) reaches a certain level by rainfall, a signal is given and a passage through which fish can swim all be opened."   Unexpected Thijs and his team members Asandiso Mbewu (South Africa), Radwa Elzeiny (Egypt) and Jelle Dijkema (Netherlands) received their award from Nomvula Mokonyane, the South African Minister for Water and Sanitation. Thijs: "I did not expect this. I just started my third year of Civil Engineering at University of Twente and my interest is mainly in coastal defense, so this was...

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