The International Water Security Network is organising a programme of events to celebrate World Water Day (Thursday 22 March). Every year, World Water Day – which began in 1993 and is coordinated by UN-Water – focuses on a particular theme. The theme for 2018 is Nature for Water and will explore how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.
On Wednesday 21 March, we will host several events for staff and students at UWE.
- From 12pm, there will be an hour long tour of Frenchay campus, which will highlight the sustainable drainage and other water-related features. Meet outside the entrance to S Block.
- From 1-2.30pm, a panel discussion will take place (Room 2Q49, Frenchay Campus) on the ‘Nature for Water’ theme, with speakers including:
- Professor Bram Willems – Centro de Competencias del Agua, Peru
- Riitta Syvälä – Tampere Universtiy of Technology, Finland
On World Water Day, there will be a discussion at Arcadis (2 Glass Wharf, Temple Quay, Bristol) which will be open to the public, with several experts discussing green infrastructure practice in their countries/regions, noting particular successes and remaining challenges. Representatives from the Bristol sustainability community will also be in attendance, to help us explore how to bring these lessons to our city-region. Tickets are available here.
The final event, which takes place on Friday 23 March, is a field trip hosted by Bristol Water, and will take visitors to key water sources and landholdings in the catchment of the water supply for Bristol. Places are limited and can be booked here.
Throughout March, we are also supporting the free screening of three water-themed films with SceneIT cinema at UWE: North of the Sun (5 March), A Plastic Ocean (12 March) and Women and Water (19 March).