The Malin Falkenmark Seminar: Emerging Pollutants in Water Resources - A New Challenge to Water Quality

Date:           2010-09-05
Time:          14:00 - 17:30
Convenor:  UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), European Union of National Associations of Water Suppliers and Waste Water Services (EUREAU) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

The seminar aims at deepening the understanding on the occurrence, fate and accumulation of emerging pollutants in water resources, with a specific focus on pharmaceuticals, and their impact on human health and the environment and to discuss with stakeholders a life-cycle appraisal. The seminar will address main challenges, approaches and perspectives in monitoring, prevention, control and removal of emerging pollutants in water and wastewater. The seminar keynote by Prof. Malin Falkenmark addresses the important topic of xenobiotics abatement, setting the scene for the seminar discussions. The first part of the seminar focuses on the occurrence and fate of emerging pollutants in water and wastewater, as well as in wastewater reuse and soils irrigated with untreated wastewater. The presentations provide an overview of emerging pollutants in water and wastewater in developed and developing countries and present UNESCO case studies on the topic. The second part of the seminar focuses on pharmaceuticals in waters. This part of the seminar will discuss with the stakeholders a life-cycle appraisal of possible actions for reduction of pharmaceutical impacts on the environment, including actions to prevent the emission of pharmaceuticals into drinking water sources. Finally, a panel discussion will wrap up the seminar discussions and conclusions.