The 2018 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition concluded as a great success. Nearly 10.000 water leaders from governments, utilities, academia, private companies, and international organizations came together in Tokyo, Japan, to debate on the world’s pressing water problems. The International Water Association together with the Japanese Partners (Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Bureau of Waterworks, Bureau of Sewerage, Japan Society on Water Environment, Japan Water Works Association and Japan Sewerage Works Association) are proud to have provided a strategic platform for the key stakeholders within and outside the water sector to discuss and co-create solutions to our global water challenges.
Pia Weber Salazar, environmental lawyer, represented the NGO Futaleufu Riverkeeper at the Congress and presented her research on Transboundary basins (Chile-Argentina) and the protection of free rivers. Her work seeks to contribute to the global discourse of the need of education to improve cooperation and strategies to adapt to climate change. During the congress Pia also led the Groundwater Management session and participated in the Young Water Professional Forum.
As an integrated and key element of the event, the Exhibition brought together 252 global exhibitors, proving once again that the exhibition offers a valuable networking place in the Congress, where exhibitors and delegates exchange solutions and innovations to shape our water future. The exhibition presented a full picture of the global water sector: water utilities, governments, consultants, contractors and technology providers presented their contribution to sustainable solutions globally. We are very proud of Pía and the presentation of her work in such an important event representing Futaleufú and Chilean Patagonia.