I cannot resist sharing some of our reflections on the World Water Week. First of all, meet the other members of the WBCSD water team, Anne-Leonore Boffi, Violaine Berger and Ankit Patel. Together we covered sessions, managed the booth, organized side events, interacted with participants, celebrated the launch of our tools, met with partner organizations and members and had some fun in the evenings when there was time left for it. Without them it would have been an impossible to have had a successful water week.
What did we observe, first of all is that more and more businesses and industries find their way to Stockholm. A clear indication that water is rising rapidly on the business agenda. I am trying to get some statistics from SIWI to support this observation and will share that later. I am also pleased to observe that the business contributions in the sessions are appreciated. For example, our Founders Seminar addressing “food, water and energy linkages in theurban context, the role of business” was very well attended, attracted media and provided lots of food for thought. I am currently writing the summary, which will be posted on our website. I believe that we have generated an excellent input for the preparations for the Bonn conference on linkages, later this year. I am in particular keen to follow up on the waste issue. This is an excellent cross cutting theme to set our teeth in collectively.
We also noticed that business related initiatives, driven by different organizations like the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the European Water partnership, The World Resource Institute, CERES, Carbon Disclosure Project, CEO Water Mandate, Water Footprint Network etc, are starting to become more harmonized. Our session on tools may have helped. There are still a bewildering number of initiatives, but there is some light in the end of the tunnel. This is certainly one of the topics we will continue to work on and we will provide guidance to the business community on what tools to use for what purpose.
Next year’s water week theme will be Water and Food. That will most likely be the topic of the 2012 Founders Seminar as well. I hope that we can then also celebrate as the 2012 Industry Award winner a company which has not only delivered excellence in water management, but in doing has also addressed the energy and food challenges. If you have a company in mind, not necessarily as big as Nestlé; which has done so, please make sure they are nominated by submitting your nomination online at http://fmh-siwi.no-ip.info/siwa/