UNEP-DHI Water Innovation Webinars

UNEP-DHI Water Webinar series: Approaching the SDGs through Innovation in Water Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with THE ACADEMY is launching a series of webinars focusing on innovative approaches in water management relevant to closing the gap on targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically the SDG6 on Water and Sanitation.

These webinars are targeted at water practitioners of all levels, including policy-makers, technical staff and water educators. The aim of these series of is to give an insight to the role that innovative approaches can play in supporting the achievement of SDGs in a number of ways, underlining the need for, and opportunities in- integrated approaches to water management.

Throughout the series, the presenters will address a broad range of aspects from water education, to emerging possibilities in water data collection, to technical tools and planning with nature. Topics of the upcoming sessions will, amongst others, cover using Earth Observations for improved water data, Serious Games in water education, modelling tools for managing floods and droughts, tools for development of Smart Cities, and Green infrastructure solutions for climate change adaptation.

WI Webinar Series schedule is as follows:

UNEP-DHI Water Webinar Series 2016
Approaching the SDGs through Innovation in Water Management







May 18th

15:00 CEST

 (duration:  max 60 min.)

SDGs and water – significance for global water management in the next decades

1. Joakim Harlin (Chief, Freshwater Ecosystem Unit, UNEP Vice-Chair UN-Water): Overview of water in the Agenda 2030 process

2. Peter Koefoed Bjornsen (Director of UNEP-DHI Partnership Centre on Water and Environment): Monitoring the SDG-6

3. Henrik Larsen (Senior Water Resources Specialist, DHI)/Gareth James Lloyd (Senior Advisor, DHI): African Water Sector M&E Project: Incorporating the SDGs in regular monitoring 

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YouTube Recording


August 10th

15:00 CEST

(duration: max 60 min)


Innovative approaches to capacity building to achieve the targets of SDGs

1. Henriette Tamasauskas (Vice president, THE ACADEMY by DHI): The need for innovative approaches to education and capacity building to achieve the SDGs

2. Kees Leendertse (UNDP Cap-Net): Virtual knowledge and training networks for achieving the SDGS

3. Chengzi Chew (Serious Games at THE ACADEMY by DHI): Using serious games for capacity building

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YouTube Recording


September 14th

15:00 CEST

(duration: max 60 min)


Supporting SDG6 monitoring and reporting with Earth Observations 

1. Peter Koefoed Bjørnsen (Director of UNEP-DHI Partnership): The global indicator framework for monitoring progress towards achieving SDG6 and data gaps

2. Dr. Benjamin Koetz (European Space Agency Earth Observation Programme): Supporting SDG monitoring with Earth Observation

3. Dr. Christian Tottrup (Senior project manager, DHI GRAS): Earth Observation examples for water resource management and monitoring of SDG on Water and Sanitation

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November 2nd

15:00 CEST

(duration: max 60 min)

Innovative Approaches and Tools for Improved Management of Floods and Droughts

1. Frederik Pischke (Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership (GWP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO)): New tools and approaches for improved drought management

2. Oluf Zeilund Jessen (Senior hydrologist, DHI): Flood and Drought Management Tools project toolbox

3. Ole Larsen (RD Area Manager, Sensors and Data, DHI): New technologies for improved floods and droughts insurance

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YouTube Recording


December 14th

15:00 CEST

(duration: max 60 min)

Green Infrastructure for Development and Climate Resilience

1. Rebecca Welling (Project Officer, Global Water Programme, IUCN): WISE-UP to Climate: Natural Infrastructure as an Adaptation Strategy

2. Gena Gammie (Associate Director, Water Initiative, Forest Trends): Evaluating the Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Water

3. Francisco Laurito Torres (MIKE by DHI, DHI): Urban Stormwater Green Infrastructure Modelling: “Green” versus “Grey” methods

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YouTube Recording


For more information (and feedback) contact: Maija Bertule mabe@dhigroup.com.

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