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    De Watergroep is the largest drinking water utility in the Flanders, Belgium; and it is one of the EJWP client organizations. Like other partners in the water sector, De Watergroep is facing many of the same conerns with topography as an additional challenge. Their vision includes exploring new technological opportunities to diversify water resources and create more resilient systems. As part of its involvement in the programme, Watergroep presented “Potable Reuse, the New Drinking Water Infrastructure” project to EJWP2 participants, and challenged them to review related concepts using their different backgrounds in the water sector and their innovative thinking. The water sector faces…

    How can the EU better prevent, remedy, monitor, and report on water pollution – and mainstream the zero pollution ambition into all its policy developments? Naomi Timmer moderated an expert online panel on 2 June during EU Green Week to address this question, and to show case videos submitted in the weeks leading up to the session, 'Making waves – young people’s views on water pollution'. Compilation of participants' videos on Zero Water Pollution fo EU Green Week 2021 Ms. Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Environment, European Commission said in the session that young people will be more affected by emerg…

    EJWP is my first networking and training programme of its kind. When I read the outline for EJWP, I thought it was a good idea because it was a group of younger-generation water professionals learning and working in an EU context. As a result, we know more about the countries and organizations, and the young professionals working there. EJWP can be helpful as well for organizations that we come from, through sharing knowledge and better mechanisms for collaboration in the sector. In analysing our projects, and human capital, it’s clear that the water sector needs a continuous flow of new skills. I studied Environmental Engineering at Federico II University in Naples, Italy. Since May 2018, I…

    Joining EJWP was the right move for me because I’ve always been interested in the social aspects of water. I responded to a call within my company to participate, and was happy to be chosen. Our activities and trainings broaden my view on water problems and how they’re dealt with on a European scale. We have similar issues in Belgium, and I really see the need to cooperate more with our counterparts in neighbouring countries. I’m originally from Belgium, with a bachelor’s in environmental engineering, masters in water resources engineering with studies in sociology, and a PhD in water quality modelling. Before finishing my PhD, I saw an opportunity with the largest drinking water utility of …

    Meet Naomi Timmer, the director of H2O People and Founder/Director of the European Junior Water Programme. An energetic and positive person, Naomi likes to connect different initiatives and people, in working for a better world with more smiles. Naomi shared her motivations and thoughts on EJWP in today’s environment. ‘I value human development and human rights in all my roles to create something that contributes to the challenges of our societies. It drives me in what I do to see people happy because they are getting the most out of themselves, and then us working together to make this a better place for all of us. Ending up in the water sector was actually a bit of a surprise. Being in wat…

    EJWP Ambassador Chrysi Laspidou, a professor in the Civil Engineering Department, University of Thessaly in Greece, led a session

    Europe is aiming for a ZERO POLLUTION system by 2050, which is vital to a healthy environment and livelihoods – as we live in a world of increasing chemicals, with climate change as an aggravating factor. The theme of EU Green Week (June) 2021 is Zero Pollution. And what about water? Water quality is of course highly affected by pollution, and water can spread pollutants to other ecosystems. Forging ZERO WATER POLLUTION practices is key. An inter-generational dialogue on how to achieve Zero Water Pollution can motivate people of all ages to share their ideas on how to achieve these goals. The European Commission Services and European Junior Water Pro…

    Dutch artist-inventor Ap Verheggen is leading a workshop and warm-up session in our EJWP New Waves Festival online in the afternoon of Thursday 22 April. The workshop entitled ‘Hands and Minds Together’ will feature EJWP participants developing inspired concepts from Ap, who is also an EJWP Team member. Ap is the creative director of the SunGlacier project, which generates water from maximised condensation of air using solar and other energy. SunGlacier began as an art-meets-science project, and now holds real world applications by producing potable water from air nearly anywhere on the planet, even in hot and dry deserts. In an upcoming demonstration, Ap is building a solar-powered rain sho…

    What do an artist-inventor, an outward-oriented programme manager, a certified trainer, a former journalist, and a PhD candidate in Natural Systems and Global Change have in common? We’re all part of the EJWP Team, of course! This month, meet Rasha Hassan, one of our newest members. Originally from Syria and based in Spain she has a master’s in Water and Coastal Management and is our team member currently working on her PhD. Rasha shared her thoughts on being part of the EJWP team: ‘EJWP is a key experience to fuse and harness very diverse European backgrounds to benefit the European water sector. We are in an era that focuses on teamwork, but we forget that we need leaders who really unders…

    I’m Romanian but have been living in the Netherlands for more than a decade, having initially come here for my studies. I hold a bachelor’s and master’s in environmental sciences and began working in the water sector after my theses and my internship on water topics. My work revolved a lot around water technology, up until I joined the Water Footprint Implementation organization. I’m now taking a much broader angle, working among other things, on shifting people’s perception of water consumption by quantifying and raising awareness of the water ‘hidden’ in the products we use every day. I found out about EJWP through Wetskills, where I’ve been a program officer for the last three years. I li…
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