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    The European Junior Water Programme (EJWP) is the flagship programme and official trade name of H20-People. H20-People became active in the public sphere with EJWP in 2019. At the moment H2O-People has two glafship programmes: the European Junior Water Programme (EJWP) and Blue Innovation Track for Advanced Water Leaders, and supports multiple European collaboration projects and innitiatives.


    The H2O-People mission is to support water people, their organizations, their projects, and other collaborations with key specialties for succes. Our services empower water professionals to apply their complete skill sets to establish a water-smart sociert, from knowledge transfer and creation, to communication and leadership – combined to create impact through social innovation.

    Therefore H2O-People develops and implements unique programmes, through utilitzing the power of social design and collaborates in projects on human capital development throughout the European Water ecosystem.

    The services of H2O-People include:

    Contact us if your organisation will benefit from tools to create tangible results t with our dynamic community of human-centric approach. More information on our dedicated website and H2O-People Flyer.

    Our philosophy

    Empowering people not only for technical solutions, but also reinforcing human elements of partnerships for social innovation in the water and environmental sector.

    Our programme participants develop a broader scope of professional and personal opportunities, leading to positive impacts in their engagement with organisations that are committed to a better living environment. H20-People structures interaction with participants to create a space for further inspiring exchanges among trainers and the program designers. We apply personalised approaches and follow-up in a commitment to target results. An eye for synergies is developed through pairing the right people with the right expertise to broaden the scope of development.

    We believe in operational partnerships with our participants, and from this connectivity comes a more real potential for participants to contribute to their communities. Our expertise centers on programs that highlight links between the content of participants’ work within the physical environment, to identify optimum paths for projects and personal development.

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      EJWP Team

      EJWP Ambassadors

      Chrysi Laspidou

      Professor-Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece;
      Vice President of Research and Technology–Water Europe;
      Member of the WEF Nexus Steering Committee at Future Earth
      Ambassador since 2021

      Richard Elelman

      Head of Politics, Eurecat – Centro Tecnológico de Catalunya and
      Acting Coordinator of the WWQA – UNEP
      Ambassador since 2020

      Marielle van der Zouwen

      Deputy director and management team KWR Water Research Institute, Head of Sustainability & Transitions Group
      Ambassador since 2020

      Veronica Manfredi

      Director for Zero Pollution and Green Cities
      Ambassador since 2020

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      Water, sex and the city - Intersectoral cooperation, communication and knowledge exchange A Masterclass of Richard Elelman, Monday 14 September 2020 Article by Naomi Timmer & Richard Elelman In honour of Richard becoming an Ambassador of the EJWP he began the EJWP1 training week on Monday  the 14th of September with a masterclass about one of his favourite topics: the relationship between water, social interaction and the future of sustainable urban development, as a result of intersectoral cooper…

      A Masterclass of Gonzalo Delacámara, IMDEA - Thursday 17 September 2020 As a Natural Resources Economist Gonzalo is involved in Water Governance initiatives around the world. Supporting work of the OECD (where he is a member of its Water Governance Initiative), World Bank Group, UN agencies and programmes, the European Commission and Parliamant in providing a framework to talk about policies and interests next to countries. In the development of the governance approach we first talked a lot about integrity/ avoiding corruption, engaging stakeholders and being transparent and accountable. It transferred to ‘right people doing the right things’ for sustainable water resource management, thus g…

      A Masterclass of the only Water Envoy of The Netherlands, Henk Ovink Thursday 18 June 2020, European Junior Water Programme Lonely we can not call the work of Henk Ovink as only Water Envoy world-wide. Since 2015, Henk has become the first (and only) water envoy in the world, on official assignment from the government of The Netherlands. He travels the world to raise awareness on the value of water, within the water sector itself, but mainly among other professionals and the general public. He raises awareness to create understanding on the value of water, the complexity of water and the magic of water. The Magic of Water? Investing in water equals investing in health, food and equality. Wat…

      Masterclass of Dutch Climate Envoy, Marcel Beukeboom May 19, 2020 Last week was a week of many impulses for #EJWP1. With our trainings on Personal Resilience and Agility and Online Personal Branding in mind, we entered a completely new world: the world of Climate Diplomacy. With the European Green Deal as one of our major focus points in the strategy of the European Water Sector, getting to know the real deal and learning more about the work of a climate envoy seemed to be a great asset. And it was. First of all, we found out what not a lot of people know, namely that Climate Envoys exist, and not just in the Netherlands. Countries like France, UK, New Zealand, Singapore and also now Lithuan…

      The Delfland region is one of the most densely populated and most highly industrialized areas of The Netherlands. Due to climate change there is an increasing chance of intensive precipitation, drought and a rising temperature in the region of Delfland. The region of Delfland is strongly dependent on fresh water and different stakeholders either need fresh water or have a task to maintain the fresh water sources in this region. To have enough fresh water in the future Delfland, together with the relevant water managing organizations, want to explore whether the current system is still adequate and  if not what kind of system would be designed. Hence, at Delfland the following question was ra…

      During the second part of the European Junior Water Programme, three young professionals from different regions of Europe investigated the sustainability of a selection of wine regions by using a simplified Water Footprint Assessment methodology. They looked at differences between water abundant and water scarce conditions, biological and conventional wine production. The purpose was to come up with a simplified framework for both wine traders and wine consumers to understand the water footprint of wines and to raise awareness among producers on improving the water sustainability of their production. Sustainable wine in Europe is in general synonymous with organic wine. For a wine to be labe…
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