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, virtual water is a concept 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 increasement increasement increase 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 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 at at 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 several at Involved in 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 at 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

Michiel has a long experience in the paper industry. During his career, he has worked at various paper mills within the Netherlands, in functions ranging from process & product development to general management. As part of his MBA studies he examined the use of alternative fibre resources within the Chinese paper industry. Michiel directs the Recourses program at the Centre 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 fibre sources and the valorization of papermaking 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 modelling), 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 of water usage in target river basins. In this project, she uses the Water Accounting Plus (WA+) framework which is a multi-institutional effort of 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 also coordinator of the IHE-Delft summer course in Water Accounting (both in 2016 and 2017).


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Day schedule

Activity Start end description
Walk in & Registration 9:15 10:00 Enroll on the welcome desk and receive your gift bag Symposium.
Morning session 10:00 12:00 Introduction to the Symposium topic.
Lunch 12:00 12:45 Have some good food and find out how much water is behind it.
afternoon session 13:00 16:30 The water consumption in industry and agriculture presented through workshops, presentations and study cases.
Company-speeddates 16:45 17:45 Measurement companies and Discuss cooperation opportunities, as internships  or Master's thesis proposals.
Drinks 17:15 19:00 Enjoy a drink, share your idea, and enlarge your network!