AWP at the IWA World Water Congress

Dear AWP Friend,  

AWP is delighted to be presenting at the 2022 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark from 11-15 September 2022.  

The event will bring together core water sector groups and participants from industry, agriculture, science, research and more. 

The Congress will report on the water sector progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with an emphasis on SDG6, which is dedicated to water and sanitation. The event will also highlight and explore the interwoven relation of water with all 17 of the global SDGs.  

For more information on the Congress visit the event website.  

AWP at the World Water Congress 

Workshop: How to operationalise integrated urban water management – a five-step guide  

15 September 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Room B3e 

Integrated urban water management (IUWM) is being widely promoted as a way to address urgent water cycle challenges associated with flooding, sanitation, waterways and water security. This approach is described by the IWA’s WaterWise City Principles which outlines the benefits of sustainability, resilience and liveability that arise through the integrated solutions to urgent water problems.  

As an early adopter of IUWM, the Australian water sector has collated its insights, research and practice from the past decade into an Urban WaterGuide that outlines five key steps to implementing and operationalise IUWM. The workshop will introduce these steps and provide opportunities for discussion on how they might be applied in different geographies or scales.  

Speakers include: 

  • Michael Wilson – Group CEO of eWater  
  • Tony Wong – Chair of Think Tank, Water Sensitive Cities Australia 
  • Katharine Cross – Strategy and Partnerships Lead, AWP 
  • Louise Dudley – President, Australian Water Association  

Launch of Urban WaterGuide   

13 September 2022, 12:15 – 12:45 , IWA Stand 

Any city can face barriers in implementing integrated and inclusive approaches. These barriers include resistance to change, poverty and marginalisation, fragmented responsibilities, lack of legislative mandate, lack of experience in engaging the whole community and lack of funding. The Urban WaterGuide outlines how these barriers are being addressed in Australia, and by Australians working on international projects.  

Speakers will include:  

  • Tony Wong – Water Sensitive Cities Australia 
  • Michael Wilson – eWater   
  • Tom Mollenkopf – IWA President  
  • Juliet Willetts – Institute for Sustainable Futures

Other AWP Engagements  

Policy to practice dialogue for mainstreaming NbS in river-basin and cities  

12 September 2022, 10.30-12.00  

Scaling up nature-based solutions (NbS) requires closer linkages between policies and practice. In this workshop, successful NbS cases studies from different geographies and socio-economic contexts will support participants’ understanding of how practice can shape policies and vice versa.  

Based on case studies from different geographies and social and economic contexts, this session aims to discuss how to create an enabling environment for mainstreaming NbS in urban and basin water management, considering the various implementation scales, the multiple stakeholders involved, and the technological solutions available.      

This shared keynote presentation is by Tony Wong from Water Sensitive Cities Australia and Katharine Cross from AWP.  

If you are interested in joining this session, please register.


High-Level Summit on Partnerships for Smart Liveable Cities – Water as a Key to Action on Climate and the SDGs

12 September 2022, 10:30 – 17:15 , Room A2 

The International Water Association is convening a High-Level Summit to escalate action. The result will be a powerful message to prompt cities to elevate water as they pursue their ambitions to create smart and secure liveable cities for all – cities that are climate safe and where citizens have access to sustainable water and sanitation services.  

The Summit is organised by the International Water Association, Danish Water and Wastewater Association, the Municipality of Copenhagen, P4G and the Confederation of Danish Industry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of Denmark and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.  

Ministers, mayors, politicians and policymakers will be among those participating in the Summit. The number of places will be limited.   

Speakers include: 

  • Tony Wong – Water Sensitive Cities Australia  
  • Michael Wilson – eWater   

Earth Observation for Water Management  

12 September 2022, 13:30-15:00 , Room B4a 

How can the water sector share experiences and approaches developed on applying Earth Observation for managing water resources be implemented for different users? This session will be an opportunity to discuss how Earth Observation can be used across the water sector to inform decision-making, achieve regulatory compliance at low cost and improve the day-to-day performance of operations.  

Katharine Cross from AWP will be co-chairing this workshop  

Exploring framework conditions for utilities to reduce GHG emissions 

13 September, 13:30 – 15:00, Room B3c 

The Paris Agreement requires all sectors contributing to greenhouse gas (GHG)-emissions reduction. Although the urban water sector is strongly vulnerable to impacts of climate change (CC) and therefore priority for adaptation, it also has to contribute to mitigation, as water and wastewater utilities (WWU) can generate a significant share of municipal GHG-emissions. This session aims to showcase good practices for incentivizing GHG-measurement and mitigation action in the water sector and enabling conditions for making actions visible at national/international climate policy and finance levels. 

Katharine Cross from AWP will be moderating the panel discussion.  


Utility Leaders Forum  

13 – 14  September 2022, 10:30 – 17:15, Room A2 

The Utility Leaders Forum will bring together over the course of two days some of the most prominent water utility leaders with the most impactful case studies to share experiences and knowledge.  

 The sessions will focus on:  

  • Integrated Urban Water Management and the New Societal Role of Utilities in Creating our Cities of the Future  
  • Accelerating Adoption of Innovation  
  • Evolving with Climate Change  
  • The Digital Utility  

If you are attending the IWA World Water Congress, please come and join us at these sessions. We look forward to networking and connecting with Partners in Copenhagen. 


Katharine Cross
Strategy and Partnerships Lead
Australian Water Partnership
T +61 482776791

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