Stockholm World Water Week 2017

Hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week is an annual event that brings together premier water experts and practitioners from around the world.

The theme for 2017 is "water and waste - reduce and reuse," and will be focused on the treatment and reuse of wastewater. 

WLE's lead center, IWMI will be a key coordinating partner for this year's Water Week, through the Resource Recovery and Reuse theme. 

Registration for SWWW is now open!

Pay Drechsel, co-lead of the WLE Rural-Urban Linkages Research Theme, will be a speaker during the Closing Plenary of the 2017 World Water Week.

In addition, WLE and IWMI will be hosting and participating a number of sessions, listed below. For more information about the week, read the full online program.


Harnessing opportunities for the safe reuse of wastewater in agriculture - seminar


This three part seminar will look at the opportunities and limits for the safe reuse of wastewater and in agriculture in order to achieve food security, reduce water waste, and reuse nutrients.

PART 1: From Global to Local - 09:00-10:30, FH Congress Hall C

PART 2: Experiences from the Ground - 11:00-12:30, FH 202

PART 3: Reuse in practice - 14:00-18:00, excursion to wastewater reuse project in Södertälje 

Journey to a world free of untreated wastewater


In order to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater globally by 2030, low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries must dramatically reduce the amount of untreated wastewater they release into the environment. This means involving youth and coming up with innovative safe water reuse approaches until the world is free from untreated wastewater. Learn more.


ASIA FOCUS: Towards a healthy Ganges


Building on the WLE project, Healthy Ganga: cleaner waters and more productive ecosystems, this session will bring together experts to review the challenges facing the Ganga basin and to discuss and prioritize innovative and cost-effective solutions to achieve a healthy river in the coming decade. Learn more.

African smallholder irrigation: double yields with half the water!


Sustainable and inclusive intensification of smallholder irrigation in Africa is key to meeting the global food security and reducing poverty with limited water resources. This session will consider new ways of working with communities in Africa to use water more efficiently, reduce waste of land and nutrients, and facilitate socially-inclusive investment. Learn more.

Integrated Urban Water Management – challenges and opportunities


Approximately 40% of Africa’s population lives in urban areas; this is expected to increase to 60% by 2050. This rapid urban population growth, coupled with increased water consumption, poor wastewater management, competing water uses, climate change related uncertainties, inefficient governance and unequal access to basic services, are all likely to exert enormous pressure on water resources. This session will explore what needs to change at a system-wide level to achieve IUWM through lively debate. Learn more.


Implementing Integrated Urban Water Management: training tools and applied examples


Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) aims to improve resource management across the urban water cycle by promoting diversification and reuse, system efficiency and conservation, while taking account of all water users and related services in the city and wider catchment through broad stakeholder participation. This session will explore the key principles and phases of employing an IUWM framework for reviewing and prioritizing water interventions in cities. Learn more.

Financing wastewater treatment and resource recovery

11:00-12:30 NL Music Hall / Musiksalen

Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) will be an important strategy to achieve several SDGs concerning environmental and human health, food security, waste and rural-urban linkages. Wastewater treatment is mostly financed through public resources, but creating ways to recover costs with public-private partnerships and business models creates incentives for better practices and resource recovery. Learn more.