Conference Programme

Cities & Water  – conference programme

Date: Thursday 11 February 2016
Time: 9h30 – 17h00
Venue: WTC, Heliconweg 52, 8914 AT Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)                                                                         Parking: B2 at WTC (see for map additional information)




Ferd Crone_burgemeester09h00 – 9h30 Registration/ Coffee

09h30 – 10h30 Welcome: Ferd Crone, mayor city of Leeuwarden
Henk Ovink, Water Envoy, The Kingdom of the Netherlands

Call for Covenant of Cities for Water, Roadmap to 2018: Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture
• Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner DG Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Purpose of the conference, setting the scene 20-30 years, cities as key actor
• Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency
Urgency of water challenges for European cities
Aziza Akhmouch, Water Governance in Cities, OECD
Official launch of the water governance in cities report
Henk-Jan Meijer, mayor city of Zwolle
Urban agenda, city deals and flood protection

10h30 – 11h15 Coffee break

11h15 – 12h30 Parallel Session 1: 6 – 8 cities presenting challenges and best practices

1. Water Scarcity and water reuse – Separation at source, rainwater separation, water reuse, removing emerging compounds, novel desalination technologies, zero liquid discharge, water efficient agriculture
Introduction: Max Linsen, DG Climate, European Commission
Chair: Roelof Kruize, Waternet
Andres Martinez Frances, general director for Water, the regional government of Murcia
Dirk van der Stede, Vlakwa, drinking water saving in 5 Flemish cities
Xavier Romero, enhancing citizen awareness, City of Granollers

2. Water Quality and Circular Economy – Emerging compounds, separation at source, circular economy, resource recovery, feedstocks and animal feed from waste water
Introduction: Pavel Misiga, DG Environment, European Commission
Chair: Ronald Hopman, director business development, Veolia
Isabelle Diks, Alderman City of Leeuwarden
Tanja Klip-Martin, Dijkgraaf, Water board Vallei-Veluwe
Zsuzsanna Kocsis-Kupper, EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Hungary
Christian Kabbe, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin

12h30 – 13h45 Lunch break

13h45 – 15h00 Parallel Session 2: 6 – 8 cities presenting challenges and best practices

3. Long-term sustainability of Infrastructure / Ageing Infrastructure – Investing in old technologies or going for innovative approaches? How to reduce the cost of sewage pipelines? Treatment closer to the source? WWTP as energy or resource factory?
Introduction: Sander Happaerts, DG Regio, European Commission
Chair: Richard Tuffs, director, ERRIN
Alberto Biancardi, Commissioner of Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy and Water and President of WAREG (European Water Regulators)
Krisjanis Krumins, Member of the Board, Rigas udens Ltd t.b.c.
Diane d’Arras, VP Water Europe, Suez: PPP as a model, city of Bordeaux
Gianfredi Mazzolani, Acquedotto Pugliese

4. Flood protection & Green Infrastructures – Flood protection in urban environment, multifunction measures, urban green infra, climate change adaptation measures, green infra for water storage
Introduction: Lucia Bernal-Saukkonen, DG Environment, European Commission
Chair: Willem Jan Goossen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment t.b.c.
Harriet Tiemens, Alderman, city of Nijmegen
Juan Azcárate Luxán, Subdirector General de Energía y Cambio Climático, Madrid
Stefan Kuks, Eerste Watergraaf, Water Board Vechtstromen
Peter Jeppe Tolstrup, Urban Development Department, City of Copenhagen

15h00 – 15h45 Coffee break

15h45 – 16h30 Plenary session: panel on overcoming barriers and bottlenecks
Werner Schmidt, EIB, Director Environment and Regional Development Department
Highlighting InnovFin, EFSI in the context of financing innovation in water

Reflections on funding opportunities and cities and water:
• Cees Buisman, Wetsus
The next generation of water technology
• Tom Vereijken, European Water Stewardship
Water Governance and Stewardship
• Richard Elelman, Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic
Cities providing the local solution to a global issue

16h30 – 17h00 Outcomes of the conference: Urban Water Agenda 2016
Brief feedback for each parallel session, conference conclusions will be handed over to:
• Henk Ovink, Water Envoy from the Kingdom of The Netherlands
• Ferd Crone, Mayor city of Leeuwarden
• Marianne Wenning, European Commission

17h00 Network drink
Carel de Villeneuve, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, informing about the Dutch presidency of the EU
Mayor Ferd Crone informing about Leeuwarden Cultural Capital of Europe 2018

17h30 Walking diner – Network drink will continue with walking diner

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