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1 International Seminar Creating Sustainable Urban Deltas Draft, 1 September 2015 September 17th :00 18:00 Language English Location: Museo Leonardo Da Vinci, Room: Cenacolo Via San Vittore, 21 Milan, Italy

2 Colophon Event Partners: Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Province of Zuid Holland Stichting World Expo Milaan 2015 Netherlands Consulate General in Milan City of Rotterdam Netherlands Water Partnership ARCADIS Content: Edyta Wisniewska, NWP water & urban Concept, Editing & Realistion: Edyta Wisniewska, NWP water & urban September 2015 The Hague, The Netherlands

3 International Seminar Creating Sustainable Urban Deltas Location: Museo Leonardo Da Vinci, Via San Vittore, 21 Milan, Italy. Room: Cenacolo September 17th 2015, 13:00 18:00 Language English This year, the World Economic Forum ranked global water crises as the biggest threat that the planet will face over the next decade. Climate change plays a crucial role in the future of water availability and water-related disasters such as flooding and droughts. As population growth and urbanization continues, the sustainable development challenges will increasingly focus on metropolitan areas. These challenges cannot be addressed in isolation: working together and creating partnerships is the key in developing and implementing successful joint solutions. The Netherlands has an age-old relationship with water and a large number of proven real-world solutions have been developed. These solutions go beyond technical solutions and also address issues such as governance, finance and capacity building. Examples can be found in China, Italia, Colombia and the U.S.A. The inclusive and cross-fertilizing approach and the focus on sharing knowledge and experiences makes the Netherlands a trustworthy, responsible and reliable partner in working together towards safe and sustainable urban deltas anywhere in the world. At this years World Expo in Milan, the Dutch Province of Zuid-Holland organises the international seminar Creating Sustainable Urban Deltas during the Water Innovation Day at September 17. In this seminar, futureoriented cases from Zuid-Holland will be presented. Opportunities to strengthen and create international partnerships will be a central focus within the event, as well as exploring how existing solutions can be upscaled by working together in a smart way. The seminar will be chaired by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Rik Janssen, Regional Minister of the Province of Zuid-Holland, will welcome the honoured guests on behalf of the province of Zuid-Holland. Eight cases from sustainable urban deltas will be pitched. After the pitches, the guests will join thematic round tables, which correspond with the presented cases. The first round will focus on setting the scene and assess the knowledge and expertise that is available among the participants. In the second round, the local implementation and the upscaling of smart innovations in cooperation with international partners will be explored. Three questions will be central to the discussion: - What are the pre-conditions for developing a successful international partnership? - How can partnerships create an enabling environment for the implementation of water innovations? - How can partners work together to create more value for their individual products and services? Each table will consist of high-level stakeholders within the Triple Helix : businesses, governments and research organisations. Henk Ovink will actively engage with the different round tables during the whole day. Within the program, participants will have the opportunity to meet with promising and innovative start-ups from the Dutch water sector.

4 International Seminar Creating Sustainable Urban Deltas Location: Museo Leonardo Da Vinci, Room: Cenacolo, Via San Vittore, 21 Milan, Italy September 17th 2015, 13:00 18:00 Language English Hosted by Rik Janssen Regional Minister Province of Zuid-Holland Kingdom of the Netherlands Chaired by Henk Ovink Special Envoy for International Water Affairs Kingdom of the Netherlands Water is the number one global risk and at the same time our most promising connecting task. Water connects our economy with our society and the ecology. Through water we can adapt and mitigate and thus strengthen our regions, cities and our communities world wide for real resilience. Henk Ovink

5 Programme International Seminar Creating Sustainable Urban Deltas Location: Museo Leonardo Da Vinci, Room: Cenacolo, Via San Vittore, 21 Milan, Italy September 17th 2015, 13:00 18:00 Language English Chaired by Henk Ovink Special Envoy for International Water Affairs Kingdom of the Netherlands 13:00 Lunch and registration 14:30 Welcome by Rik Janssen Regional Minister Province of Zuid-Holland 14:35 14:45 Opening Session by Henk Ovink 14:45 15:15 Pitches from the Sustainable Delta 15:15 15:45 Partnerships discussions - Round Tables Part I 15:45 16:00 First reflection by Henk Ovink 16:00 16:30 Partnerships discussions - Round Tables Part II 16:30 16:50 Reflection and Conclusions from Round Table Sessions by Henk Ovink 16:50 17:00 Introduction of the evening programme by Renate Verhoofstad 17:00 17:15 Closing Session by Rik Janssen Regional Minister Province of Zuid-Holland 17:15 17:20 Photo Ceremony 17:20 18:00 Celebration Drinks 18:00 19:00 Transfer to the EXPO terrain 19:00 22:00 Networking Reception in De Kas Dutch Pavilion at the World Expo

6 The Power of Partnerships The scope and complexity of todays globalised water issues extend beyond national and regional boundaries and therefore cannot be adequately addressed from a single perspective. Partnerships that enable smart international cooperation for thinking-up intelligent, out-of-the-box solutions are crucial in tackling these large scale challenges. But what are the preconditions for creating a successful partnership? First of all, working together must deliver clear mutual benefits to all parties involved within so-called win-win situations. The basis for this is to create a platform where global partners such as governments, experts, commercial entities and the public can work together and gain added value by doing so. Building upon this principle, inclusivity, cross-fertilization, integration, and looking at the bigger picture are essential ingredients. By creating an enabling an environment where knowledge and expertise can be shared, a substantial contribution to solving the worlds water challenges can be made. This approach has been applied in recent years, as Dutch- and international experts joined their forces to take up a number of global water related matters. Worldwide, partnerships have been established with international governmental organisations, research institutes and commercial partners. Within these partnerships, a number of common strategic approaches have already been developed to achieve climate resilient urban development and ensure safe and sustainable urban deltas. The Netherlands invites you to a dialogue to explore how experiences and existing proven solutions can be applied in local settings around the world: let s work together!

7 International Partnerships Roundtables themes I. Protecting the Delta II. Floodgates III. Multifunctional Dikes IV. Building with nature V. Climate Resilient City VI. Water as economic engine VII. Energizing deltas

8 I. Protecting the Delta Chairman Bart Parmet director staff Delta Commissioner the Netherlands

9 Focus A collaborative approach & international coalitions to build a safe place for all Deltas are attractive places to live, work and invest. More than half of the worlds population is living in delta areas and this is still growing. But deltas are vulnerable areas as well. Not only because of their intensive use, but also because of their exposure downstream in river basins and proximity to the sea and the challenges posed by climate change and sea level rise. The Netherlands have always had a special relationship with water. With an ambitious Delta Program, the Netherlands wants to be prepared to prevent any future water related disasters. The base of the program is an adaptive approach with flexible strategies to identify integrated solutions and to facilitate decision making. Collaboration and joint fact-finding with national- and international stakeholders through creative working methods is essential to develop solutions and to create a solid fundament in society for adaptation strategies and the implementation of measures to protect the delta. The round table session will focus on experiences, best practices and adaptive approaches that can contribute to ensuring safe and sustainable deltas around the world.

10 II. Floodgates cutting-edge engineering Chairman Hermes Redi director Consorzio Venezia Nuova Venice, Italy

11 Focus Adaptation and tailor made solutions tbd

12 III. Multifunctional Dikes from safety to a Dikes with a Difference Chairman Piet Dircke Global Leader Water Management the Netherlands

13 Focus Large & small interventions - comprehensive approach to water management In order to deal with climate change and sea level rise, a growing number of cities is considering new types of urban dikes for flood protection of dense urban environments: so-called multifunctional dikes. These dikes combine the main function of flood protection with other functions such as infrastructure, housing, recreation & tourism and landscape & ecology. By doing this, the challenge of flood protection is turned into an opportunity for urban development. Examples of benefits of multifunctional dikes are: optimal use of urban space, improving accessibility instead of creating obstructions, creating new opportunities for additional (private) funding and enhance public support, community involvement and the quality of urban environments. Examples of multifunctional dikes that have been realised in the Netherlands are the Rotterdam Roof Park and the coastal flood protection in Scheveningen. In lower Manhattan, the multi-purpose flood protection Dry Line has been developed. During the round table session, the potential for multifunctional dikes as part of an integrated urban system is discussed as well as the technical-, socio-economic- and governmental challenges and risks that are related to the development of multifunctional dikes.

14 IV. Building with nature Chairman Stefan Aarninkhof EcoShape Royal Boskalis Westminster the Netherlands

15 Focus Integrate experiences from the Sand Engine in innovative Sandy Strategies Building with Nature represents a paradigm shift in our approach towards the development, design and implementation of marine- and inland water infrastructure. Starting from the dynamics and services of the natural ecosystem, Building with Nature aims to meet societies needs for infrastructural functionality and simultaneously create room for nature development. Innovative international partnerships successfully demonstrated the national and international feasibility of this approach within the field of water management. An iconic example is the so-called Sand Engine Delfland : a large-scale sand nourishment meant to guarantee coastal safety, while promoting opportunities for nature development and recreation at minimal costs. Similar concepts are under development for muddy, eroding shorelines in tropic regions, through a unique integration of mangrove restoration, small-scale hard engineering and sustainable land use. In this round table session, we will explore how the development and implementation of Building with Nature solutions can form the basis for successful marine and inland water infrastructure projects worldwide.

16 V. Climate Resilient City Chairman Arnoud Molenaar Climate Proof s manager Chief Resilience Officer City of Rotterdam the Netherlands

17 Focus How do we adopt? Exploring the cutting-edge engineering and cultural shifts Cities are heavily vulnerable to climate change, especially those in coastal areas and river deltas. However, there are emerging opportunities to cope with these challenges and simultaneously create a better and more attractive city. Developing technical innovations, creating integrated resilience strategies, building new coalitions and using smart city planning offer new ways of responding to challenges that urban deltas are facing today. Water-sensitive urban design is a key element in climate resilient development of cities. In this round table session, a number of cases and potential solutions will be addressed and opportunities for (new) partnerships will be explored together with international experts.

18 VI. Water as economic engine Chairman Bram van Hemmen Mayor of Sliedrecht, Drechtsteden Region the Netherlands

19 Focus Water as economic engine for regional development - Drechtseteden case Water is a vital source of life: it is crucial for agriculture, industries depend on water availability and waterways are critically important for the transportation of people and goods. The availability of water is a pre-condition for economic activities and the creation of a healthy business climate. For centuries, water has been an important factor for creating economic growth. Nowadays, water also functions as a driver for innovation, as global water related challenges demand new solutions. The economic importance of water is especially recognized by the Dutch region of the Drechtsteden, located in the province of Zuid-Holland. This delta area has developed itself as an international maritime hub where waterways have been an enabling factor in unlocking the potential of the region. With rivers and the Port of Rotterdam as important infrastructure, the area has great potential for innovation in the maritime- and energy sector. Involving companies and education programs is essential to realise further economic development. In this round table session, successful examples from the Dutch Drechtsteden will be discussed, as well as how these fundamentals for maritime economic development can be an inspiration for other regions.

20 VII. Energizing deltas Chairman Piet Ackermans director Infrastructure from Antea Group the Netherlands

21 Focus Collaboration of all actors in the field of water & innovation Energizing deltas have the potential of becoming international front-runners as they respond to the rising demand for both energy- and delta technology. Combining energy and water creates opportunities for optimizing energy production and minimizing environmental effects. To realize this potential at a major scale, cooperation between businesses, governmental bodies and knowledge institutions is essential to overcome restricting regulations that hamper innovations. Establishing new ways of cooperation will create new opportunities for innovation in Europe. In this round table session, the central focus will be on how Europe can become an innovative leader in realizing energizing deltas, and what is needed in terms of existing governance approaches to realise the potential.

22 Marjan Kreijns Project Director Valorisation Programme Deltatechnology & Water (VPdelta) the Netherlands

23 5 Startups Elemental Water Makers Floating Farm SkyGeo TubeBarrier WaveDroid

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