G-STIC 2017: Connecting Technological Innovation to Decision Making for Sustainability
Smart Water Solutions
From data to digital
water: the water system innovation
Two Days of Interactive Sessions
@ G-STIC 2017
recent digital revolution is making a huge potential available to
manage our water more efficient and ‘smart’. Newly emerging digital
paradigms for data retrieval, analysis and storage create the ability
to share and exchange data at various scales: local/urban, regional
and river basin. Data-driven and process-based models can offer
precise monitoring, forecasting and visualization capabilities, all
of which are key to support far-reaching water system innovations.
the session on Smart
Water Services, we focus on how digital water is
transforming the utility of tomorrow. The keynote will give an
insight on smart solutions for utility efficiency and optimization. A
number of cases will then explore how new data management is further
stretching a utilities’ horizon. Examples include utility data
management as service hosted ‘in the cloud’, water savings on-line
trading, water service inventories and data management through new
on-line data platforms and innovative customer relations using data
and social media. Cases will be presented from Kenya, United States
second session on Intelligent
Water Resource Management will explore how data and
information is revolutionizing the management of large water
resources systems. The keynote will provide an overview of the latest
development of remote sensing, data management and modelling of large
scale freshwater systems. Subsequent case studies will show how
latest modelling techniques help to manage urban flooding or support
stakeholder engagement in safeguarding water quality and quantity.
Cases will be presented from Singapore, Denmark and the United
a joint session with the ICT-theme of G-STIC, a panel of ICT
companies will give their view on ICT solutions and digital
inclusion. Smart solutions will be discussed in a wider sustainable
development context with a testimony of the implementation of the
digital society in Qatar, the digital water agenda of the European
water sector and the three sensor approach for water and climate.
the fourth interactive session, participants will jointly co-create a
position paper on Smart Water Solutions guided by a panel of experts
G-STIC 2017 offers a unique chance for high-level interaction with industry representatives, researchers, socio-economic actors and policy-makers. The sessions will include contributions from renowned speakers such as:
•Will Maize, Bluefield research
•Mbaruku Vyakweli, Nairobi Water
•James Workman, Aquashares
•Sergio Coelho, BF software & LNEC
•Hessel Winsemius, Deltares
•Peter Bauer-Gottwein, Danish Technological University
•Vladan Babovic, National University Singapore
•Peter Goodwin, Center for Ecohydraulics Research, Idaho EPSCoR/IDeA
•Mrs Reem Al-Mansoori, Undersecretary Digital Society Sector Dev., Ministry of Transport & Communication, Qatar
•Uta Wehn, IHE Delft
Urban design and sustainable building
Pathways for sustainable cities of the future
In the era of rapidly urbanizing world, the role of built environment is crucial to ascertain global sustainability. Better urban design must strive for resource-efficient built environment. Sustainable building is a key requirement for urban system that can reduce resource pressures upstream. Well-designed buildings with state-of art technologies open up grand opportunities for ensuring sustainability. Energy implications, in particular, is key while considering sustainable buildings. Sustainable buildings can ‘avoid’ energy consumption through better design considerations. Additionally, numerous technologies and measures play an important role in the operational phase of the buildings to enhance energy efficiency. Building energy efficiency is often considered as low-hanging fruit but potentials are not yet harnessed because of systemic, institutional, policy, societal and other challenges. The Sustainable Building sessions at the G-STIC 2017 focus on sustainable building design and operation with energy efficiency in consideration. Better design experiences, application of technologies to bridge the ‘energy efficiency gaps’, the barriers and lessons from innovative policies to promote sustainable building are the key topics covered in these sessions. These sessions will be deliberated by experts, policy makers, private sector and the practitioner showcasing the experiences from the global north and south addressing the questions such as: •What are our real-life experiences on sustainable building design? •Do we have recipe of design solutions at different settings? •What is the role of specific technologies for low energy buildings? Which ones are crucial? •How emerging new technologies assist us towards better energy efficiency in buildings? •What are the challenges to upscale the successful practices and technological solutions? What it takes for the good experiences to be transferred? •Have policies worked for promoting sustainable buildings? What are the key lessons from policies and regulations, especially the Building Codes (and others) for promoting sustainable buildings? •What are the key outstanding barriers for technologies, policies, institutional, societal and other issues? •What should be the blue-print for technological pathways for sustainable buildings in immediate future, and how to enable it?
Rendezvous in Brussels, 23-25 October
Providing ample opportunity to interact with industry delegates, technology researchers, socio-economic actors and policy makers, G-STIC 2017 is the place to get to the forefront of technological solutions for sustainability.
Achim Steiner will be the new Administrator of UNDP.
In an interesting move UN Secretary General António Guterres has picked former Executive Director of UNEP as the new head of UNDP. He will take over from Helen Clark in the summer and will be facing some challenging financial issues as the funding for UNDP has halved during Helen's term of Office. The organization has also seemed to lack any vision of what it is there for.
Steiner saw funding for UNEP increase during his term of office and he oversaw the implementation of the Rio+20 commitment to create a biannual United Nations Environment Assembly which has all member states as members.
Ina press report there was some unhappiness that the position had not gone to a woman. One of the candidates that did not succeed was French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, she was surprised at the decision because Guterres had promised a woman would take the job.
"I regret it, of course. That doesn't gel with what was said, but…
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