G-STIC 2017 successfully highlighted the range of technologies that are available to accelerate wastewater & resource recovery as well as smart water management. With both large-scale centralised systems and small-scale decentralised systems, wastewater is increasingly used as a source of clean water, energy, fertilizer and other materials for agriculture, industrial or domestic use. Likewise, ICT innovations have driven a more efficient and alternative use of water resources as well as the creation of new water-related services.
Review of the SDG6 (clean water and sanitation) implementation, however, has revealed the need for a major technology transition if the ambitious SDG goals related to water are to be reached. A major bottleneck to the achievement of the water-related SDGs is the lack of financing and investments in innovation. Even if the rapid development of water-related science and technology will have a profound impact on the delivery of the SDGs, innovation is only taking place at a snail’s pace.
During G-STIC 2018, the focus will be on creating the enable environment to accelerate science-based, technological innovations in water management with a focus on:
- Wastewater and Resources Recovery: The frontiers of technology and practices
- New business models for and investments in wastewater - resource recovery solutions
- Water Partnerships and Stewardship: Multi-actor approaches catalysing water management transitions
Throughout the discussions, emphasis will be placed on how new scientific insights and foresights, advances in the latest technologies and leading-edge innovations are driving investments in water solutions and mobilising stakeholders for collective action. Discussions will also review the need for updating policies.