ADB IHE Delft Knowledge Partnership
Asian Development Bank - IHE Delft


IHE Delft and ADB signed a partnership agreement in November 2011 to support water operations in ADB’s Developing Member Countries (DMCs) by providing expert guidance during project preparation and implementation, and on developing and implementing Education, Training and Capacity, Development, to support Knowledge Networking programs and to strengthen regional Knowledge Networking among (DMC) clients, partners, and Knowledge Hubs. The 1st Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week marks the beginning in enhancing this network.

Making Smart Choices for Water Security and Green Growth

Delft - The Netherlands, 22-26 October 2012

Spurred by agreement in Rio+20 on The Future We Want, government water leaders in Asia and the Netherlands are searching for innovative solutions to secure their countries’ water futures and green their economies.

How to mainstream R&D to boost water productivity, conservation and reuse across sectors, reduce water footprints, clean up waterways, and create multifunctional and green infrastructure? How much space do rivers need? What makes communities more resilient, and water agencies more adaptive in the face of rapid changes? How can the corporate sector help governments manage for results?

To answer these and more questions, the 1st Asia–Netherlands Water Learning Week will bring leaders together in dialogues and knowledge sharing on making smart choices for water security and green growth after Rio+20. Participation in the high-level dialogues is by invitation, with water leaders from Asia and the Netherlands expected to engage with knowledge leaders from IHE Delft and the Asian Development Bank, leading practitioners from central and local governments, the corporate sector, civil society, parliamentarians, and the media.

This inaugural learning week is organized under the water knowledge partnership between the Asian Development Bank and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs through ADB’s Water Financing Partnership Facility.