Monitoring wells in Abu-Dhabi (Photo: Ebel Smidt)
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 ...
Monitoring wells in Abu-Dhabi (Photo: Ebel Smidt)
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Agenda & Activities
Jan 22 - Waterfocus New Year Market (for members)
Apr 15 - Waterfocus General Meeting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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