Experience Sharing Workshop of the International Hydrological Programme on Urban Resilience & Crisis Management

When, local time: 
Friday, 14 October 2016 - 12:00pm to Saturday, 15 October 2016 - 5:00pm
Australia, Sydney
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Alexandros Makarigakis (a.makarigakis@unesco.org)

In follow-up to the 2016 IWA World Water Congress, the workshop “Urban Resilience & Crisis Management” is organized in the City of Sydney, Australia, on 14 and 15 October 2016 at the initiative of the W-SMART Association and with the collaboration of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO, the IWA Specialist Group on Water Security and Safety Management and the City of Sydney as its host. The purpose of the workshop is to provide an international forum for experience sharing among drinking water and wastewater utilities, local governments, R&D institutions, international organizations and other stakeholders on disaster resiliency challenges facing metropolitan governments and their impacts on current utility management practices and capacity building strategies. Discussion sessions will focus on lessons learnt from recent case studies and Interactive assessment of:
• Current practices of service resiliency improvement;
• Customer awareness initiatives;
• Crisis management capacity building strategies;
• Deployment of state-of-the-art technology solutions and smart network monitoring systems.


Friday 14 October 2016

12:00: Registration and Lunch

1:00-3:00 pm: Crisis Management Exercise (CME) – organized by the City of Sydney with W-SMART Delegates as Expert-Observers

3:00-3:15 pm: Introduction – Welcome & Agenda

3:15-4:45 pm: Session 1 Crisis Management – Assessment and Experience Sharing CME Manager & Panel of Expert-Observers

4:45-5:00 pm: Coffee Break

5:00-6:30 pm: Session 2 Disaster Preparedness & Customer Awareness Initiatives – Inter-agency Coordination; Media Debriefing; Public Education; Consumers Involvement in CMEs; Experience Sharing on Current Initiatives (Sydney; Europe; Israel)

7:30 pm: Dinner/Reception hosted by the City of Sydney, UNESCO, W-SMART

Saturday 15 October 2016

8:30-8:45 am: Introductory Comments

8:45-10:00 am: Session 3 Urban Resilience – Challenges and Practice: Physical Infrastructure; Corporate Capacity Building; Economic Resilience; Business continuity; Lessons Learned from Recent Case Studies (e.g. Eco-Disasters; Terrorism; Industrial Disasters)

10:00-11:15 am: Session 4 Eco-Resilience Case Studies – Experience Impact on Current Management Practice of Water and Wastewater utilities – Governance & Utility’s Challenges; COP 21 implementation strategies in Industrialized and Developing Countries; Case Studies (Australia; UNESCO-IHP; European Countries)

11:15-11:30 am: Coffee Break

11:30-1:00 pm: Session 5 Smart Water Network Strategies for Resilient Cities Experience Sharing – From Innovation to Practice

1:00-4:30 pm: Site Visit

4:45-5:00 pm: Closing Remarks