The first IWA-IDB innovation conference

The "Innovation Conference on Sustainable Use of Water" -taking place from September 30 - October 3- will focus on how to implement concrete policies for cities, industry, and agriculture.

Guayaquil, a city at the mouth of Ecuador’s national river, the Guayas, is hosting the first ever conference on sustainable water use by the International Water Association (IWA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The conference is meant to produce actionable strategies, and will have a greater focus on the world beyond research and academia. It will include speakers who are business leaders, farmers, policymakers, indigenous peoples, regulators, and from environmental organizations. Conference topics will include innovation; water and sanitation in Latin America; using technology to manage river basins; the importance of water to indigenous peoples, and how to generate positive impact in the water sector.

Among the keynote speakers are representatives from the IWA and IDB, Ghent University, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, The Ecuadorian National Water Authority, the World Wildlife Fund, the Water Foundry, and the European School of Political and Social Sciences.

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