Resilient water systems should be firm, shock-resistant and flexible. Resilience and flexibility are essential characteristics of any water system that needs to cope with highly fluctuating circumstances. Every water user must be able to adapt to the new reality of heavy rainfalls and long periods of drought, and our cities and regions must also remain livable in this new reality.
Flexible water systems must therefore be built that make maximum use of the available water resources for all possible applications and uses. Given the highly complex interactions within the water system itself and with external systems for energy, food or mobility, one thing is sure: we will have to take a strong focus on cooperation. Cooperation is not just required to develop and finance innovative water solutions. It is also crucial for the implementation of such solutions at scale and the related follow-up.
– H.E. Zuhal Demir, Flemish government, Flemish Minister of environment
– Luc Vandenbulcke, DEME, CEO
– Jacob Bossaer, Bosaq, CEO
– Jan Goossens, Aquafin, CEO
– George Brik, Hydrovolta, CEO
– Inge Genné, VITO, Program manager Water
– Diane D’Arras, IWA, President