Various PAVITR partners attended to IWA Water and Development Congress from 1st to 5th December 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A joint workshop on "Treatment wetlands in India" was organised.
About 50 participants attended the workshop that was moderated by Guenter Langergraber (BOKU).
The workshop focused on different experiences on the use of wetland technology to support water and sanitation services. Following the opening, an introduction to wetland technology has been be given by Yaqian Zhao (Xian University of Technology, China) including latest R&D developments.
In second part, experiences and lessons from implementing wetland technology in India have been shared by Nadeem Khalil (AMU, India), Guenter Langergraber (BOKU, Austria), Fabio Masi (Iridra, Italy), and Carlos Arias (Arhus University, Denmark).
This has been complemented in the third part by insights into co-benefits and trade-offs of using wetland technology from an economic, environmental and social perspective. This included contributions from Andrews Jacob (CDD India), and Katharine Cross (IWA).
A panel discussion moderated by Guenter Langergraber (BOKU, Austria) brought together these experiences for exploration of research collaborations and measures needed to boost application of constructed wetland systems.
A report on the workshop (that included also a report on the PAVITR consortium meeting in Aligarh the week before) was published in February 2020 in the Newsletter No.54 of the IWA Specialist Group on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control.
IWA’s Water and Development Congress series aims to catalyse transformational change and support transition to new ways of managing water resources and delivering water services. The Congress is explicitly solutions-focused, its performance indicators include the level of effective networking, knowledge exchange and the generation of new ideas shared by the participants.
Participants to the IWA’s Water and Development Congress can expect to leave the conference with new ideas and be inspired to take these back and share them with their colleagues or apply them in their own areas of work.