On 8 November 2021, Aqua Publica Europea’s annual General Meeting gathered members at the historic location of Maison de la Poste in Brussels and online to elect a new Management Board that will steer discussions and represent the association for the period 2021-2024. It was also the opportunity to unanimously adopt the association’s new Strategy to guide joint work for the upcoming years.
The UN-Habitat’s initiative Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) organised its 4th Global WOP congress from 18 to 29 October 2021. Aqua Publica and its members actively contributed to seven sessions, including on multi-stakeholder WOPs, water-energy-food nexus, successful factors for enabling WOPs, partnership quality, transparency, accountability and participation, and climate resilience.
Aqua Publica Europea to participate in one of the biggest EU-funded project on freshwater ecosystems’ restoration
Mainstreaming Ecological Restoration of freshwater-related ecosystems in a Landscape context: INnovation, upscaling and transformation (MERLIN) is an EU research project, coordinated by the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), which will seek innovative solutions based on nature to restore the functions of freshwater ecosystems and mitigate climate change.
On 27 August 2021, Bernard Van Nuffel, Aqua Publica Europea President, spoke about Nature-Based Solutions at the Stockholm World Water Week event "Ambitious nature-based solutions are the key to accelerating adaptation" convened by WWF.
In our Summer 2021 newsletter, you will find the international conference A blue new deal report, public water operators peer-to-peer exchanges, webinars series wrap-up video and an interview with UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.
The SMART-MET consortium concludes the installation of 3000 innovative smart water metering solutions in five European sites
Aqua Publica and seven of its members have been involved in the EU-funded research project SMART.MET for the development of innovative solutions for smart metering that now is reaching its final stage.
On 20 May, Aqua Publica Europea and Águas de Gaia, the public water operator of the city of Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal), co-organised the international conference "A Blue new Deal: water's role in a sustainable and fair future” to discuss how effective protection of water resources can contribute to building a green and fair recovery.
On 28 April 2021, Aqua Publica Europea organised the third webinar of its series of briefings on the opportunities for the water sector. This session was focused on Interreg Programmes opportunities for the water sector.
Prof Pedro Arrojo-Agudo was appointed as the new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation in November 2020. Aqua Publica had the opportunity to interview him about his mandate priorities and so how public water operators can contribute. The interview is presented in a format of five episodes.
APE Webinar Series | Financing Opportunities for the Water Sector: #2 Supporting investments in Water
On 30 March 2021, Aqua Publica Europea organised the second webinar of its series of briefings on the opportunities for the water sector. The second webinar "EU instruments to support investments in water" gathered European public water utilities and the financial public sector.