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WetsNext on transboundary cooperation South Africa and Lesotho

Cape Town June 2018, Directly after the Finals of Wetskills-South Africa 2018, with the presence of Minister Gugile Nkwinti of Water and Sanitation of South Africa and Special Water Envoy Henk Ovink of the Dutch government, some discussions took place to implement some of the ideas. The case owner from Department of Water Affairs Lesotho and his team of the case about the Wetlands Awareness Programme (WAP)  took the opportunity to go to Henk Ovink and discussed the implementation of the case. Aim is creating a win-win situation for both South Africa and Lesotho. At the discussions in the Joint Steering Committee between South Africa and The Netherlands, it was stated that the Young Water Professionals' involvement is crucial. So based on the outcomes of the team and the created network amongst participants (from both the South African and Lesotho water departments) the discussions resulted in a list of ideas. Meeting @WISA...

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Bye Day Zero wins Wetskills-South Africa 2018

Cape Town, June 2018 - Minister of Water and Sanitation of South Africa, Mr. Gugile Nkwinti and Mr. Henk Ovink, Special Water Envoy for the kingdom of The Netherlands, awarded the winning team 'Water Sleuths' with their concept 'Bye Day Zero' at a special ceremony at the WISA Conference in Cape Town. The team came up with a concept to raise awareness of Capetonians on their Water Footprint (on top of the direct water use) and lower the Water Footprint for Cape Town to avoid Day Zero on the long term. City of Cape Town and Water Footprint Implementation formulated the case and supported the team during the research.   This Wetskills Water Challenge was 31st event worldwide and 4th event in South Africa at the WISA Conference in Cape Town. More information: Wetskills leaflet and track record. Six Teams with diverse young talents in the sector developed their innovative concepts for six...

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MasterClass Henk Ovink at University of Cape Town

Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands and (more important) Wetskills Ambassador, will provide a MasterClass on Global Water Challenges at the University of Cape Town on Sunday 24 June from 12.30 to 14.00 (coffee / tea from 12.00). He will share his experiences and reflect on tackling complex and integral challenges with various stakeholders. Together with the Wetskills Teams he will discuss the teams' experiences of last week in an interactive way. (All in the framework of WISA's theme: Breaking Boundaries Connecting Ideas) Location: University of Cape Town (room: Snape TS3A) Time: Sunday 24 June 2018, 12.30-14.00 (Coffee / tea from 12.00)   This MasterClass, organized as part of Wetskills-South Africa 2018 is freely available for interested people. Please send Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com) an e-mail if you want to join this event.     Wetskills-South Africa 2018 Finals at WISA: Monday 25 June 11.15-13.00  ...

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Tackling typhoon floods wins the Wetskills China 2018 challenge!

After two exciting weeks in Hangzhou, the Wetskills China 2018 teams pitched their solutions during the opening ceremony of the Aquatech Shanghai, on 31 May 2018. The winning team, Tidal Power, had the strongest pitch-poster combination introducing a detention basin and nature-based solution for the floods occurring in the Zhejiang province of China. Typhoons can cause severe flooding in the Hangzhou bay area, with economic losses amounting to billions and thousands of people having to relocate. The Wetskills team composed of Dutch, Chinese and Spanish students, designed a detention basin with sustainable dykes that can reduce the flood risk by 98%. The case owner, the Zhejiang Institute of Estuary and Hydrology, also presented the case from their perspective the next day, during the H2O Smart Water programme. The Institute showed high interest for the solution proposed by the team, which will be pursued in a WetsNext project. The jury existed this time of: Ms. Yuanyuan...

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Wetskills-México event postponed to 2019

Due to challenges in the preparation of the event in México, Wetskills Foundation together with partners Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and Aquatech decided to postpone the event to 2019. Coming period the partners will continue the preparations in México to come to a great first Wetskills edition in México. Interested candidates and case owners can contact Johan Oost and/or apply for another event....

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