Wetskills-Japan 2021 (online)

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Wetskills-Japan 2021 (online)

June 29 - August 5

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Olympic Games 2021 in Tokyo – time for a new Wetskills initiative: ‘Olympic’ Wetskills-Japan 2021, an online learning experience.

This new edition of Wetskills Challenge, the first one in Japan, started on 29 June 2021 with a 6-weeks online programme of 1-1,5 days per week.

Participants are student and young professional from Japan and The Netherlands (or with a relation to one of those countries), working in international teams on challenging water-energy-food issues. During the Finals on August 5, they will present their ideas at the online platform of the TeamNL Tokyo Expo with high-level audience.

The central theme ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ is also the main focus of the WorldExpo Dubai 2021, where Wetskills Foundation will be present as well. All cases will be aligned to this theme and also include topics outside the water domain.

The 2020-2021 central theme of Wetskills Events, celebrating 10 years of Wetskills:

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Programme W@tskills-Japan 2021 (updated version 21 June)

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Participants of this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!
♦ You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
♦ You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
♦ You will exclusively visit the Wetskills finals and awarding at the online platform TeamNL Tokyo Expo;
♦ You will meet international water experts and Olympic sporters;
♦ You will learn, network and experience more about international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
♦ You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

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Case 1: Multi-use & repurposing of offshore wind farms

Case owner: DOB-Academy (The Netherlands)

In the Netherlands there are several wind farms, on land and offshore placed in the North Sea generating wind energy. The wind farm industry is constantly innovating and apart from new wind farms being built, current wind farms are being replaced or reimagined. As wind energy is aiding us in our mission towards a sustainable future in Japan and the Netherlands, solutions must be found that incorporate the wishes of all stakeholders involved in the space used at sea. These stakeholders include fishermen, ecologists, governments, shipping companies, wind farm developers and the general public, to name a few. Because of the variety of stakeholders and their interests it is a challenge to divide this space, and this is where multi-use and repurposing of wind farms plays an important role. How can we make sure that multiple stakeholders can mutually benefit from the same sea space in harmony?

Case 2: Multi-layer flood safety: impact on land & water planning

Case owner: Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier (The Netherlands)

Both Japan and The Netherlands have been qualified as high-risk countries that have to deal with climate change effects (World Risk Report 2016, WEF). Due to climate change extreme weather events and storm surges will occur more frequent. For a flood prone country as the Netherlands with a long tradition on water management, risks of disrupting water crises caused by climate change are increasing. Working with the so-called multi-layer approach is becoming the major policy to prepare the country for the increased probability of flood events and its impact on society. How can both Japan and The Netherlands benefit of the multi-layer safety approach to develop adaptive strategies for maintaining their high level of society under increasing threats of flood events?

Case 3: A new use of rainwater assets in a strategy for climate adaptation

Case owners: Waternet Amsterdam Utility (The Netherlands)

Climate change is becoming more and more visible in the city of Amsterdam. The past years there were multiple incidents of severe rainfall, but also an increase in heat waves and extreme droughts. Climate adaptation is essential to provide the citizens of Amsterdam with a physically, socially, and economically healthy living environment in the future. How can the existing infrastructure and assets of Amsterdam be best used in a future proof strategy? How can Waternet use them more effective or even integrate them with a multi-purpose use? Let’s create a plan to make the best out of rainwater as source for climate adaptation!

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June 29
August 5
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Floor van der Heijden
Michiel de Koning
Eva den Boer
Johan Oost