Tomas Michel, WssTP President delivered a keynote speech at IV Diálogos del Agua organized by CAF, Development Bank of Latin America on the 23rd of October in Madrid.
‘How Innovation can improve urban water management and promote circular economy’ was the theme of this year’s edition that attracted representatives from the Spanish Government, basin authorities, water organisations, large companies in the water sector and high-level stakeholders from Paraguay, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brasil, Peru, and Argentina.
WssTP President presented an overview of the EU’s RTD effort per Framework Programme from 2002 to 2026 and the European Commission’s report on Science, Research and Innovation performance of the EU 2018. Tomas also spoke about the WssTP Water Vision 2030, explaining its four innovation tiers: Value of Water; Digital Water; Different Waters for different uses and users; Grey and Green Infrastructure and highlighting the three main WssTP objectives:
- Create a podium for water in EU
- Help develop excellent water research in EU
- Promote Living labs as the ideal tools to boost innovation
At the end of his speech, emphasis was put on the WssTP Living Labs as water mission driven and open -test environments to foster innovation, and on a potential future collaboration between WssTP and LATAM.
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