Wetskills-Colombia 2018

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Wetskills-Colombia 2018

May 20 - June 1

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Wetskills goes Latin America for the first time!!

The Wetskills Foundation invites Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates to apply for the Wetskills Water Challenge program in Colombia. This edition of Wetskills will take the participants to the gorgeous, historic Colombian port city of Cartagena for two weeks, visiting interesting and relevant water-related locations in and around Cartagena and having the finals and awarding during the yearly ACODAL congress. 

To all who are interested in water challenges and the ancient heritage of Colombia, this is your chance! Apply now for this unique opportunity to experience the very first Wetskills edition in South America!

We are looking for local, regional and international students and Young Professionals, who are passionate about water and excited to work in mixed teams for transdisciplinary water solutions. Apply for Wetskills Colombia 2018 (period: 20 May 2018 – 1 June 2018).



Application Deadline

Extended deadline for application and selection: 10 April 2018 (First come, first served)



Participation costs for international participants or Colombian participants without accommodation in Cartagena are 425 euros or equivalent in Colombian pesos. The fee includes accommodation, program costs, supervision, some social activities, field trips, working locations, presentations by experts and the awarding event at the ACODAL congress. It does not include transport, some meals, other daily costs. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (like plane tickets and some local travel), meals during working days and other personal costs.

The fees for participants from Colombia, who do not need accommodation, are 50 euros or equivalent in Colombian pesos, including the above arrangements, except for the accommodation.

During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).


More information

For more information about participating in this event, contact Tim van de Staaij (tim.van.der.staaij@wetskills.com) or Ralph Wesseling (ralph.wesseling@wetskills.com). For other information about Wetskills, contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

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Registration deadlines

Deadline for local candidates: 10 April 2018

(First come, first served)

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Event Cases

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The Wetskills organization of this first Latin American edition in Colombia is looking for Case Owners; companies, knowledge institutes and organisations that formulate their case and support this Wetskills programme and formulate a case, see: Leaflet Case Sponsors Wetskills-Colombia 2018.

For more information: contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

Case 1: Recovering the wetlands of Laguna de Sonso

Case owner: Water Authority De Dommel (in cooperation with CVC)

The Laguna de Sonso is the largest remaining wetland in the Valle del Cauca department, and is recognized internationally as a RAMSAR area for its special fauna. It is however facing severe problems, of which the high sedimentation rate and accompanied reduction of water surface is the most urgent. We are looking to find the best solution(s) to maintain and recover the water surface of the lake, suited to the context of the area.

Case 2: Water conflicts over the municipal aqueduct of Supía, Caldas, Colombia due to water supply problems.

Case owner: Water Authority Rijn and IJssel (in cooperation with Corpocaldas, Manizales, Colombia)

The catchment of the municipal aqueduct of Supía measures 11 km2. The aqueduct has a considerable hydrologic flow, nevertheless, domestic and agricultural uses need a lot of water and produce wastewater, which is discharged sometimes without treatment. As a consequence, hydrologic pressure becomes prominent in times of shortage or excess. We are looking for a series of alternatives for the distribution of the hydrologic resource under conditions of hydrologic pressures and temporary drought.

Case 3: A climate test for climate policy performance by regional water authorities

Case owner: Dutch Water Authorities – Blue Deal office

The Blue Deal is a Dutch programme to develop better governance on regional water management worldwide. Climate (change) receives extra attention within this program. A new ‘climate test’ is aimed to clarify how the Blue Deal program could best support the attention for climate change within the partnerships with regional water authorities all around the world. How can such climate test show the national climate policy (adaptation and mitigation) and its practical elaboration of regional water management, including both opportunities and obstacles?

Case 4: Reducing the Water Footprint for Colombian’s natural juices

Case owner: Corporación Ambiental Empresarial (CAEM) of the Chamber of Commerce in Bogotá and Water Footprint Implementation

The water footprint is one of the families of environmental footprints that help us understand how our production and consumption choices are affecting natural resources. A manufacturing company for natural juices has its plantations of apple and pears in template weather, and for blackberry and tomato tree in a cold weather. Once they collect the crop, they process the fruit and made the juices on their installations. How can the water footprint be used to get and maintain a sustainable future for this company?

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May 20
June 1
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Tim van der Staaij
Ralph Wesseling
Johan Oost