The first Wetskills Water Challenge ever was organized in China during the WorldExpo 2010 in Shanghai and in 2018 Wetskills had another successful event in China. For Wetskills-China 2019 we returned to China, with a programme in Hangzhou and Shanghai.
Wetskills-China 2019 (2-14 June) was organized in close cooperation with the largest water event worldwide: Aquatech China in Shanghai (3-5 June). The finals were organised during a special session at the Celebration of 40 years of friendship between Shanghai and Rotterdam (14 June).
Real-life cases for this event were submmited by the City of Rotterdam, Water Footprint Implementation and Dutch Wavemakers.
International teams of Chinese and Dutch students and young waterprofessionals worked on these cases to find out-of-the box solutions. On the programme also team building, meetings with water experts and interesting field visits. During the finals, the teams presented their work to the jury with posters and pitches in this great Water Challenge!
“While water is not a top of mind theme in the City of Rotterdam, water is the every important challenge of each day,” stated Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of the City of Rotterdam and guest of honor, at the awarding ceremony of Wetskills-China 2019. He inspired the next generation of water leaders at a special seminar during the Celebration of 40 Years Sister City Relationship between Shanghai and Rotterdam: “Our youth needs to understand how to respect the environment, to experience her importance and be aware of the consequences of their behavior and actions. Living with water is one of the important concerns in Rotterdam. We need to teach the next generation to safeguard our cities, to secure a sustainable world and to create a livable and inclusive society. Wetskills is very useful method to reach this.” Regarding living with water, the City of Rotterdam can… read more >
During the Aquatech-China exhibition in Shanghai, Wetskills with the support of Amsterdam Rai organized a pavilion and programme for young water professionals under the brand ‘Future Water Leaders’. The programme aimed to address the development of the next generation of water professionals who will become leaders in the water sector. Between the 3d and 5th of June, the FWL programme offered recent graduates and young professionals a series of activities specially designed to help expand their knowledge and network. The programme kicked-off with the Wetskills participants and a series of introductions by Annete Bos (Amsterdam Rai) and Nic Panekeet (98 Sparks). The Dutch Wavemakers presented the first Chinese Wavemaker, Paralympic swimmer Jiachao. In the afternoon participants discussed with 3 panelists Olli Hakala (CEWP), Tomi Lukkarinen (HSY) and Libing Song (PureTerra Ventures) on the skills needed to… read more >
Case owner: Dutch Wavemakers
The Discovery Bay International School in Hong Kong started implementing a program for plastic free breaks. This inspired the Dutch Wavemakers to adopt a similar model in the Netherlands and to spread it all over the world. For Shanghai, the goals is to design and implement a program for Plastic Free Schools before the Winter Olympics in 2022. Pilot locations and ambassadors are already selected. Working with a local school, how can the model from Hong Kong and the Netherlands be adapted to create the first Plastic Free School in Shanghai?
Case owner: Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe
Rotterdam has an ambitious climate action programme, which aims to realise a climate neutral port in 2050. However, climate adaptation is a concern as well; climate hazards like sea level rise, droughts, extreme rainfall and heat waves may affect port functioning, and make our mitigation measures less effective. Therefore, we are looking for synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation. What measures can Rotterdam take to reach our climate goals and increase climate resilience at the same time?
Final poster & report
Case owner: Water Footprint Implementation
Despite rapid urbanization in many places, urban areas remain largely dependent on their rural surroundings. Citizens of urban conglomerates need food, energy and water; most of which are sourced from the surrounding hinterland. In order to fulfill urban demand for food and energy, a large water footprint is created in these rural areas, that may lead to increased water pollution and water scarcity. Moreover, maintaining a steady production of energy and food towards the future requires the availability of water of both reasonable quality and quantity is safeguarded. Taking two of China’s megacities, Shanghai and Hangzhou, as example, this case challenges you to find out how ‘water depend’ these Chinese megacities are on their hinterland virtual water supply? And how can these megacities secure a water-sustainable future?