Busan Global Water Forum



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Greetings from the 6th Busan Global Water Forum

We would like to invite you to the 6th Busan Global Water Forum, which is hosted by city of Busan and is co-organized by Water and Future City Institute and International Water Association (IWA).

Busan Global Water Forum is a follow-up event of 2012 IWA World Water Congress, which was held in Busan. Since 2013, the forum has been held every year as an IWA event, jointly with Environment & Energy Tech Exhibition of Busan city. During the first three forums, water experts from Asian countries shared their successful histories on water policy execution and technical cooperations among Asian countries and discussed how to provide sustainable water solutions to pending water issues in Asia. Since the fourth forum in 2016, we have included an academic conference in our forum in an effort to broaden our spectra and to firmly establish the status of the forum as a global event. Since 2016, also included in our goals is glocalization which emphasizes the nexus between local and global water agenda.

The sixth Busan Global Water Forum will be held between September 5 and 6, 2018 in BEXCO under the theme of “Integrated Water Resources Management for Water-wise Future”.

Realization of ‘Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)’ through unification of water management entities has been a long time goal of Korean water sector. IWRM stands for sustainable and watershed-based management that can ensure safe water and sound ecosystem harmonizing human and nature. In order to execute IWRM efficiently, it is essential to unify water management entities that are diversified based on functions and to establish governance among a variety or water stakeholders.

The forum this year will present current global issues and successful cases on IWRM, provide directions for Korean IWRM policies, and highlight leading-edge IWRM technologies from industry. The forum will consist of ten sessions that will be co-organized by institutions such as IWA, K-water, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, and Busan Water Authority. The sixth Busan Global Forum, which will be held in a dynamic city of Busan encompassed by Nakdong river, will lay a foundation for accomplishing IWRM in a local and global scale through passionate discussions and exchanges for two days. We hope you will have opportunities to broaden your understandings on Integrated Water Resources Management for Water-wise Future and share your ideas on water with your colleagues. We look forward to your active participation. Thank you.

Thank you.

Taeho Lee
President of the Water and Future City Institute

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