WaterFocus is a cooperative that unites the knowledge and experience of some 40 independent professionals in the water sector. Together with the Nedworc Foundation these professionals form a modern cooperative that combines a high-level of knowledge and experience with flexibility and innovative thinking. All members are independent entrepreneurial professionals who stand for quality and customer satisfaction. More About us or directly to Agenda / Activities
Project report: Brook Recovery near Assen
Landscape with cross walls in Witterdiep - Drentse Aa (Photo: Johan de Putter)
The fields of expertise and corresponding services of our team members are geared to the following working areas:
- Water system management,
- Delta technology,
- Water supply management and technology,
- Waste water and industrial water treatment;
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH),
- Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM),
- Water sustainability and energy,
- Water governance.
The services include technical support and support with project and process management. More ...
Project report: June 2020 - Impression in corona time by Hans Slotboom
Dyke improvement along the Lek (Photo: Hans Slotboom)
Waterfocus is constantly looking forward to strengthening the organization and the team and opportunities for participation in its services. This can be achieved by, for example, introducing projects or participating in existing framework projects such as those of the HDSR (see further: About_us, Team, Products, Projects: HDSR, Links and Contact).
Project report: Secondment services
Project report: Small scale and Micro-Irrigation Support Project
Project report: Groundwater Monitoring
April 30 AIWW Webinar - Reuse, Recycle and Recover (www.amsterdamiww.com)
After the successful first webinar with more than 250 participants on 'Clean water and Ecosystem restoration of rivers, now, from 15:00 - 16:30, on good practices in water efficiency and wastewater reuse and an in-depth dialogue on how to regulate transition, finance it and draw up legislation.
Oct 31 - 5 Nov AIWW Amsterdam International Water Week (www.amsterdamiww.com)
8 April Waterfocus General Meeting
The ALV took place online this year in a new spirit with new techniques of collaboration and decision making (Zoom, SurveyMonkey). cWF continues on a solid basic formula including updated member and organisation profiles, quality system, data management and mail system. Thanks went out to Joke Nijburg who will remain chairman, the new secretary Jacqueline Bredius, and to Michiel Wind, who has carried out this work energetically in recent years. We are also looking forward to new initiatives nationally and internationally, including the associations Waterforce, Nedworc and NWP.
11 Feb Online Workshop Acquisition Abroad - EU Framework and Service Contracts
Last February 11, Sjaak de Boer and Albert van Dijk presented the EU framework and service contracts and a Waterfocus initiative regarding Pro-active Acquisition. This workshop was enthusiastically attended by a few dozen members of Nedworc, Waterforce and Waterfocus as the start of a possible new form of collaboration.
Oct 29 NWP Member Meet-up
Various sessions in groups and 1:1 dates on: WB-WACA program, WaterWorkX and Blue Deal, (Urban) Floating solutions, KIFFWA, Watertech en Water for Food.
Oct 26 Nedworc Association online networking evening with theme SDG Monitoring
Instruments and data with exemples from SDG 6: WASH, 1.4 Land tenure, and 10: Inequalities were discussed in several groups.
Oct 5 - 9 India Water Innovation Week
cWF was at the Smart Water & Waste World (IWIW) technology and innovation week with a mix of keynote addresses, case study presentations and panel discussions on desalination, digital water, smart water supply and distribution, waste water recycle and reuse, and sludge management and dewatering.
Sep 11 - NWP Meet-up (online)
NWP took a virtual world tour on what is happening in the international water sector with a focus on WASH, SDGs, Investing in water, Challenges water intense industries facing, the need for sustainable water technology solutions, and more.
Sep 10 - Waterfocus General Meeting
The general meeting took place in Bunnik in special corona attendance setting. After the standard agenda with a review of 2019 and 2020 prospects, also a larger future was discussed on how to proceed nationally and internationally.
Aug 24 - 28 SIWI World Water Week @ Home
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) hosted an online conference with support of the Dutch Government and NWP contributions.
cWF participation in sessions: Naturebased solutions to address water scaricity due to climate change (25/8), Improving water and landscape governance in Ethiopia (27/8), Co-benefits of implementations of nature-based solutions for climate related water and flood management (27/8) and Dutch Reception (28/8).
Dec 16 Nedworc Association: Networking Eveninig Regional Water Management - prevention of geopolitical conflicts in Kargadoor, Utrecht
Network evening, with speakers Sjaak de Boer and Alexander Mueller, about water management in Lesotho and Egypt, and the need for water treaties and good coordination between countries and regions to prevent geopolitical conflicts and drought problems. Three members of WaterFocus participated in this evening: Albert van Dijk, Michiel Scholler and Gerrit van de Klashorst.
Dec 13 NWP member meetup in Deltares, Delft
The meetup started with a presentation by Toon Segeren on Deltares. It is a non-profit research institute that makes knowledge available and applicable worldwide and is internationally increasingly involved in IWRM projects. Deltares functions as a company but reinvests profits back into research (a.o open source software). Two cases were presented by Dutch Surge Support (DSS) on the global deployment of Dutch water experts and the Water Youth Network on the business opportunities linked to ‘water & conflict. DSS calls for more involvement of water experts in Dutch surge support (a.o. WASH related, geo-hydrologists). Experts can apply for their expert database. More information is available on www.dsswater.nl. The third case by Deltares on the application of social media during disasters is shifted to the NWP 20th anniversary meeting in January. Christa Nooy, Indonesia specialist visited the meetup for cWF.
Nov 6 Aquatech / NWP @ Rai, Amsterdam
Biennial world exhibit of innovative water technology. The Netherlands was prominent with the Holland Pavilion, including the NWP Networking Café.Not only the Dutch Drinking Water Companies, Water / Purification Boards, but also the engineering firms and contractors / water purification companies are recognized worldwide for their craftsmanship and innovation. Joke Nijburg, Michiel Schöller and Jos Bonnemayer were present for Waterfocus.
Nov 4 - 16 Deltares Software Days in Delft
Yearly gathering of international water experts for training and updates on software. Jos Bonnemayer was present at the user days of DElft-Fews and WFLO.
April 4 Waterfocus General Meeting in Nijmegen
The meeting was this year in restaurant Sprok in Bemmel near the Waal river. The event started with an interesting excursion in Nijmegen-Lent. The Ecovillage Iewan was visited (www.iewan.nl) and Christian Beuzel (ABC-development) and Dennis Martens (Buro L in O) presented a new way of sanitation. The meeting started with the standard reviews, board changes, the adjusted qualitybook and new house rules. Finally projects in the Netherlands and abroad were discussed.
February 12 Knowledge session Monitoring and Evaluation in Environmental Impact Evaluation at Commission MER in Utrecht
The meeting addressed whole policy cycle with extra attention for the new environment law and specific examples and questions of practical experiences: Monitoring plan Amsterdam Harbour-City, Noord-Brabant Provincial Environment and Water plan. Present of WF: Jos Bonnemayer.
February 7 DRR-Team mission gathering: Angola, Cuba, and Kerala at RVO in The Hague
The developments of three recent missions have been presented. In parallel break-out sessions conclusions, recommendations and possibilities of follow-up by the Dutch water sector were discussed extensively. Waterfocus participated with Joke van Dijk and Jos Bonnemayer in the Kerala session (IWRM, Watershed Management, Room for the River, Living with Water, Building with Nature / Eco-Engineering), and with Edwin van Someren in the Angola session (delta with absence of drainage, stagnant water en WASH problems). Cuba fights the combined effects of tectonic tilt and sea level rise.
February 1 Vice Versa Workshop Learning of Evaluating at NWO-WOTRO in The Hague
The participants discussed in several groups about themes of impact-evaluation pathways including 'what to do with zero-effects', new frameworks, certification, theory of change. WF was represented by Marjo Vervoorn, Rolf Posthouwer and Jos Bonnemayer.
January 16 Regional Platform meeting West-Africa (Mali, Benin, Ghana) at NWP
WF was represented by Margo Meeuwissen.
September 26 Waterfocus First Five Year Lustrum
April 4 Waterfocus General Meeting