Water scarcity is Establishing itself as one of the top priorities in the worldwide debate, making it increasingly Important to control water consumption.
A question rises spontaneously: 

"How much water do we actually consume?"

There is much more to the usage than we can directly note. The concepts of virtual
water and the water footprint were developed as tools to Assess the hidden water consumption. Besides ourdomestic needs, a much larger share of our consumption is represented by the water required during the production processes of the food and commodities making part of our daily lives. Thesis for products beingimported and exported box, box, box, box, box, box, box, virtual water is a concept extended extended extended extended extended extended extended extended extended extended extended extended extending to a global scale, placing emphasis on the water-which is traded from one nation to another.

Moreover, in current times with the added pressures on water Arising due to climate change and the rapid  expansion of urbanization, It seems even more Important to Strengthen people's awareness Regarding Their  water consumption. In this context, our question is: "What is the potential of the virtual water concept to  impact the way we think about water and its future?"

During the symposium, we would like to Discuss, among others, the following themes:

- How should the trade of virtual water be Accounted for in the global market, in geopolitical  decision making, industrial processes and our lives?

- How has the industry reacted to the increasing awareness and concern around water scarcity and the  role of Their water footprint (water balance or reduction of water consumption in the process)?

- How should people react to this concept of virtual water and water footprints as both consumers and agents?

- How Important is the virtual water debate in Ensuring food security? And how has it affectedness new  agricultural practices?

-Twenty-three years have passed since the virtual water concept was first Introduced. About thesis years, how  has it shaped our world and how will it continued to do so?

The Water Management Symposium 2017 is going to find out some answers to questions thesis, focusing  especially on the agricultural and industrial sectors and on future techniques to reduce the water footprint  of our food and goods production.


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     Arjen Y. Hoekstra

Arjen Hoekstra, professor of Water Management at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He holds an MSc and PhD degree from Delft University of Technology. Hoekstra pioneered in Quantifying the water volumes Virtually embedded in trade, osmanthus showing the relevance of a global perspective on water use and scarcity. Ash creator of the water footprint concept, Hoekstra Introduced supply chain thinking in water management. With the development of Water Footprint Assessment he laid the foundation of a new interdisciplinary research field, addressing the relations between water management, consumption and trade. Hoekstra is founder of the Water Footprint Network, was the organization's first Director of Science and is now Chair of its Supervisory Board. Hoekstra's scientific publications cover a wide range of topics related to water, food, energy and trade and include a large number of highly cited articles and book chapters. His books were translated into several at languages at and include The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society (Routledge, 2013), The Water Footprint Assessment Manual (Earthscan, 2011), and Globalization of Water (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). Hoekstra is Editor-in-Chief of Water, an interdisciplinary open-access journal covering all aspects of water, water-including science, technology, management and governance.

  Filiberto Altobelli

Dr. Altobelli is currently scientist at Research Center for Policy and Bioeconomy, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, CREA (Italy). He is Involved in research on environment and economy of natural resources in agriculture. His research interests are related to accounting Mainly for water in the agricultural sector That enhancing the agricultural productivity and advancing the sustainable use of water resources. In particular, he has experiences in development of decision support systems for water management in agriculture and implementation of methodologies for the production of agro - environmental statistics in agriculture. Experience information and communication technologies (ICT) and precision farming in water management in agriculture. Experimental choice for methodologies in agricultural water management studies. He has put scientific coordinator of several international research projects.

      Charlotte de Fraiture 

Charlotte de Fraiture has over 20 years of international working experience in the field of water management for agriculture. During the first five years of her career, she was Involved in implementation and management of irrigation and rural development projects in Senegal and Nepal. She worked for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) from 1996 to 2011 based in Colombia, Sri Lanka, Ghana and Burkina Faso. She had involved in several research projects related to watershed development, irrigation performance, irrigation management transfer and modeling of global water supply and demand, leading the development and application of the global water and food model. This model was applied for global future scenarios on water, food and the environment as part of the Comprehensive Assessment on Water Management in Agriculture. for global future scenarios on water, food and the environment as part of the Comprehensive Assessment on Water Management in Agriculture. She was project leader or several research projects, among others a large BMGF funded project on Identifying promising options for smallholder water management in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia and India.

    Michiel Adriaanse

Michael has a long experience in the paper industry. During his career, he has worked at various paper mills within the Netherlands, on functions ranging from process and product development to general management. As part of his studies he MBA Examined the use of alternative fiber resources within the Chinese paper industry. Michael Recourses directs the program at the Center of Competence Paper and Board (KCPK), the collective research arm of the Dutch Paper and Board Industry. In this role he focusses on Applied Research towards alternative fiber sources and the valorization of paper making side streams. Several projects are revolving around local biorefineries and circular economy concepts. He chairs both the Water Platform of the Dutch Paper and Board industry as well as the Water valorisation team within the Dutch Biorefinery Cluster (DBC) and is a board member of the Foundation Knowledge Exchange Industrial Water Technology (SKIW)

       Dr. Elga Salvadore

Dr. Salvadore is a junior lecturer and water accounting expert at IHE Delft since January 2016. She has a MSc degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Genoa (Italy), and a PhD degree in Engineering (hydrological modeling), with honors, from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) with a scholarship funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). At IHE Delft, she is leading the Water Accounting activities in Cambodia, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka (India) for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This project AIMS at supporting the Asian Water Development Outlook by providing clear figures or water usage in target river basins. In this project, she uses the Water Accounting Plus (WA +) framework-which is a multi-institutional effort or IHE Delft, IWMI, FAO and WWAP. The framework is strongly based on open access remote sensing data, Which makes its Application Suitable for data-scarce regions. An Important Part of her job Consists on training local water professionals and government officials in the use of WA + for land and water management of complex river basins to ENSURE continuity and independence in the future. Finally, she is ook coordinator of the IHE-Delft Water summer course in Accounting (both in 2016 and 2017).


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Each participant can choose among one of the three workshops Proposed below. It is possible to sign you up to one of the workshops directly during the registration on the morning day event.

Title: External water footprints of nations and virtual water trade: dependencies and vulnerabilities
Dr. Daniel Chico is hosting a workshop on the Water Footprint Trade. A general overview of the global component of Water Management and Governance though trade will be Addressed Initially. Subsequently, a full diagnosis of the water use of a country, applications to dependencies and vulnerability assessment at the EU level will be Discussed.
The workshop is hosted by Mr. Daniel Chico. He has six years' experience in Water Management and Water Footprint Assessment, having applied the method at product, river basin and national level. He has Conducted research on agricultural water productivity, the relation between trade and environmental and agricultural policies on water resources sustainability. He holds a MSc in agricultural engineering and is an Agronomical Engineer by the Technical University of Madrid.

Title:  Sustainable Water Management in the Chemical Industry.
Dow Chemical Company is hosting a workshop focusing on the water management in the Chemical Industry. In the first part of the workshop Dr. Niels Groot will address Dow's sustainability goals related to water in both a global and regional perspective - in more detail the water management strategy for the Terneuzen site will be highlighted. In the second part Niels and his colleagues, Niek hoster and Sara Vernimmen, will host an interactive discussion Primarily focused around water footprint, water reuse, and collaboration opportunities in the chemical industry.
Dow is a company or innovators, believers and solutions providers. The company is driving innovations That extract value from material, polymer, chemical, and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure , and increasement increasement increasement increase increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture.
Dr CK (Niels) Large (1955), employed at The Dow Chemical Company, located in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. He Studied Chemical Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology, receiving a PhD in catalysis in 1984. He started his career at Dow at the R & D department. After fulfilling roles at various production facilities he focused on technology implementation and project management. Currently he is within the Environmental Technology Center as a specialist on water and wastewater systems supporting plants globally. Over the past decades, he was leading different teams to develop and implement a rigorous water management strategy for the Terneuzen site. As of 2011 Niels is a part-time lecturer in Water Technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

Title:  WATER + ACCOUNTING: South-East Asia Experience.
Asia is the world's most dynamic region with the fastest economic growth. Due to economic and demographic development pressures, water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. If left unmanaged, this situation poses a real threat to continued growth and prosperity of the Asia region. Water resource plans are Necessary in order to address issues thesis. However, not all information Necessary to have an appropriateness management are reliable or available. Water Accounting + system can be a solution to issues must or synthesis. 
During this workshop, Dr. Salvadore, Water Accounting Expert from IHE Delft and project leader or WA + activity in Asia for the Asian Development Bank, will introduction the fundamental concepts of Water Accounting +, the need for open access data (and how remote sensing can fill our knowledge gaps) , and explain how water accounting sheets can be of support for water and land management. Examples from the ongoing WA + activity in Cambodia will be've given support to the major statements and as a base for an interactive discussion on the water monitoring and management with the audience.

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