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Water. Cities. Solutions

EcoCiv is one of the organizing partners of the W12 Congress and the lead author of the W12 Protocol. W12 is an international movement of conferences, collaborations, and peer-to-peer solutions for cities and water. 

W12 works with city officials, water experts, academics, non-profit leaders, and finance experts across the sectors of science, economics, engineering, provision and services, politics, communication, and civil society. 

W12 takes a deep dive into water security at the city level. Stakeholders and experts unpack the roots of challenges and brainstorm solutions for providing adequate water to cities now and 30 years into the future. Our collective relationship to water is reimagined. The best current models are presented, and new ones emerge. Contracts are negotiated and new partnerships arise. 

W12 has three distinct components:

    1. An academic conference held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa on January 27-28, 2020. This invitation-only event brought together 130 water experts from 15 countries for two-day intensive conference that followed EcoCiv’s methodology. Click here to view a video about the conference or see below.
    2. The W12 Protocol and its precursor, the W12 Framework, is a document and a database that aims to solve an information communications challenge in the complex field of urban water security. It is a global water protocol – the first of its kind – in that it provides resources and networks of support to those who work at the nexus of cities and water.It will provide useful, cutting-edge information for city-level decision-makers who are working with partners from multiple sectors to become a more water-secure city. City leaders will be asked to sign their endorsement of the W12 Framework. The W12 Protocol will be released in December 2020.
    3. The public facing W12 Congress at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. We are working to confirm the dates for the W12 Congress. Click here to view the W12 COVID-19 statement.

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