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Pan-European Symposium Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events, 6 - 7 April 2017, Bilthoven, the Netherlands

The symposium will address cross-cutting topics regarding water and sanitation safety planning and extreme weather. Presentations and workshops will be organised with the goal of presenting achievements, experiences and challenges of water and sanitation professionals and regulators, with a special focus on cases from the pan-European region. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, RIVM and IWC are organising the event.

Aim and scope

The symposium aims to provide a platform for researchers, regulators, utility operators, and civil society organisations to exchange findings, concepts and experiences with regard to climate-change induced effects on drinking water supply and sanitation systems. Selected abstracts are invited for full paper submission and eligible for publication in DWES Open Journal http://www.drinking-water-engineering-and-science.net/

Conference topics

  • Climate resilient drinking water safety planning
  • Sanitation safety planning and new concepts for sanitation
  • Effects of heavy precipitation and flooding on drinking-water supply and drainage systems and adaptation strategies
  • Effects of droughts on water quality and availability, especially impacting drinking-water supply, and adaptation strategies
  • Urban water system resilience: Spatial planning and sustainable ’green’ infrastructure for resilient drinking water and sanitation services
  • Holistic (integral) risk assessment and risk management approaches for drinking water and sanitation: Interactions of the water and sanitation sector with other sectors in developing adaptation strategies (e.g. agriculture, industry, energy)
  • Cost versus benefits of adaptive planning to deal with droughts and floods

More information

General and practical information can be found on the International Water Conferences website.

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