Workshop “Fostering inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work (SDG#8) through ICT job creation tools for ensuring water security (SDG#6)”

30 Sep 2016 - 09:00 to 17:30

On September the 30th 2016 in Paris at the UNESCO premises, jointly organised by UNESCO and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (FREEWAT Coordinator) in the occasion of the FREEWAT project mid-term meeting, it was held the  workshop “Fostering inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work (SDG#8) through ICT job creation tools for ensuring water security (SDG#6)”

In September 2015, the EU Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty and promote prosperity for all while protecting the environment and addressing climate change. The aforementioned document  has, among many others,  water and sanitation at its core, with a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation with clear linkages to other Goals relating to health, food security, climate change, resiliency to disasters and ecosystems.

In this light, the workshop focused its discussion mainly on how Information and Communication Technology tools (ICT) in the water sector may help in reaching the SDG6 related targets with an emphasis on creating synergies with the EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Additionally, the meeting explored how UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme’s (IHP) Hydro Open-source software Platform of Experts (HOPE) plays a concrete role in achieving the SDGs by providing a free and open alternative to the commercially specialised engineering software in the field of hydrology such as Conjunctive Water Management etc.

Moreover, the event encouraged linkages between Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all and SDG#8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all with a focus on fostering Innovative Job Creation and building the capacity of Young Water Professionals to facilitate improved adaptation to global change.

The speakers highlighted which are the main and most relevant targets that could benefit by adopting  ICT tools and which ICT tools are available to particular sectors of water management. The needs of new ICT tools were also addressed. Through project activities and results presentations it was possible to examine the state of the art with particular attention to open source and public domain software. The discussions faced also on how the ICT sector in water management may create opportunities for innovative job creation and for young water professionals.


The workshop was in English

Here is the programme

  9.00 9.10 chairperson -Youssef Filiali-Meknessi H2020 FREEWAT - UNESCO (France) Welcome and introduction to SDG6 and SDG8
  9.10 9.20 Flavia Schlegel UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences Opening remark - welcome address
  9.20 9.30 H. E. Mrs Vincenza Lomonaco  UNESCO (France) Water Security - Reliable availability of an acceptable quantity and quality of water for health, livelihoods and production, coupled with an acceptable level of water-related risks
int1 9.30 9.50 Blanca Elena Jiménez-Cisneros UNESCO-IHP (France) The UNESCO- International Hydrological Programme (IHP) 
int2 9.50 10.10 Evdokia Achilleos EC - EASME (Bruxelles) Challenges and Opportunities for Water Research & Innovation
int3 10.10 10.30 Vincent Picavet H2020 FREEWAT - OSLANDIA (France) The positive impact of OpenSource and Geospatial Information systems on local economy and innovation in a global society
int4 10.30 10.50 Gabriel Anzaldi ICT4WATER/H2020 WIDEST - EUREKAT (Spain) Smart Water Projects Funded by the EC, links to sustainable water management developments
coffee break 10.50 11.10      
  11.10   chairperson - Iacopo Borsi  H2020 FREEWAT - TEA Sistemi Spa (Italy)  
  11.10 11.30 Thomas Baur EIP on WATER secretariat EIP Water and integrative, adaptive, open-source approaches towards policy recommendations
  11.30 11.50 Lluis Pesquier H2020 Waterinneu - CREAF (Spain) Towards an integration of interoperable tools and open data in water management
int6 11.50 12.10 Rudy Rossetto H2020 FREEWAT - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy) Science and data based water resource management using open source software: the H2020 FREEWAT platfrom 
int7 12.00 12.30 Brando Benafei EU parliament  Quality employment for quality resources: EU policies for new jobs and skills
int8 12.30 12.50 Iacopo Borsi  H2020 FREEWAT - TEA Sistemi Spa (Italy) Morning session - Wrap up
introduction 14.00   chairperson - Prof. Enrico Pè Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy)  
  14.05 14.20 Luca Sebastiani Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy) Water resource management: from plant to agro-ecosystems
Int 1 14.20 14.40 Alice Aureli UNESCO (France) Groundwater governance and conjunctive management   
Int 2 14.40 15.10 Randy Hanson USGS (USA) Conjunctive-Use Analysis for Better Water Management with the One-Water Hydrologic Flow Model, MODFLOW-OWHM
  15.10 15.25 Cesar Carmona-Moreno/Ezio Crestaz JRC Lessons-learned from ongoing water-agriculture-energy nexus projects at JRC - Challenges and opportunities towards effective participative bottom-up approaches 
  15.25 15.40 Marco Petitta H2020 KINDRA - Università La Sapienza (Italy) Making Groundwater Visible: the KINDRA project and his role in raising awareness of groundwater importance
coffee break 15.40 16.00      
introduction 14.00   chairperson - Alice Aureli UNESCO-IHP (France)  
Int 4 16.00 16.15 Christoph Schuth FP7 MARSOL - Technische Universitet Darmstadt (Germany) ICT tools and monitoring strategies for a sound operation of Managed Aquifer Recharge sites - Examples from the EU FP7 MARSOL project
Int 5 16.15 16.30 Chris M.Mannaerts H2020 AFRIALLIANCE - UNESCO- IHE (The Netherlands) Use of near real time Earth Observation data and open source tools for weather and climate observation and water & food security early warning
  16.30 16.45 Manuel Sapiano SEWCU (Malta) Groundwater Modelling Platforms for optimising groundwater management in Malta – history, challenges and outlook
  16.45 17.00 Peter van der Keur  H2020 KINDRA - GEUS (Denmark) A new inventory of groundwater research and knowledge (EIGR): the KINDRA contribution to ICT4water
Discussion and Conclusions 17.00 17.30 Alice Aureli - Rudy Rossetto Discussion and closing remarks  

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