Greetings from World Water Week in Stockholm via my computer, that is. This week August 26 to 31 is the highly regarded water conference held each year by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). This event is a “unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities” in global water and sanitation arenas. In my book, it’s close to the World Water Forum in the coolness factor. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security, and here is some food for thought. Water is used to grow food, land rights often determine who has water access, and water-intensive food diets are becoming more common. With around 850 million people w/o enough food and 780 million w/o safe water, it’s essential people get together to talk water and food. This year’s conference is hosting a number of neat workshops to allow for knowledge sharing.
If you’re like me and can’t travel to Stockholm, you might be wondering how to get more info about these World Water Week happenings. The SIWI folks have made it super easy this year. They created a Social Media Hub with a stream of select conference seminars at www.watermedia.org. They also have a YouTube channel with videos and interviews. I like the inspiring video feature of the WASH Media Award Winners there. In the Twittersphere, they created an event hashtag at #wwweek. You watch the #wwweek chatter on Twitter or online to learn more and meet new people. I created a #wwweek stream on the lower right-hand side of this blog, if you’d like a sneak peek. My experiences attending World Water Week virtually have been pretty awesome so far. I’ve tuned into two talks, and brief summaries will be posted shortly. Hejdå.