The talk is titled: Wastewater, a resource or a weapon of mass destruction?
Valérie shows us how to turn recycled wastewater into a commoditized resource, improve water sanitation, provide efficient water usage, and reduce price volatility.
Valérie Issumo is the CEO of Prana Sustainable Water company (http://www.pranasustainablewater.ch) . An economist, she worked for 15 years as a soft commodities trader and as a trainer in Belgium, Uruguay, Cameroon and Switzerland. Throughout her career she has fought for sustainability and risk mitigation in the entire value chain of traded goods. She is a university lecturer and also a consultant for food security, socially responsible investments, pricing ecosystems and the assessment of water interdependencies. Valérie holds an MBA, has studied at various international water centres, and was a recipient of the Prize of the Belgian Minister of Foreign Trade.
Prana Sustainable Water is acting for the following challenges:
- Reducing the 80% untreated wastewater (UNEP) by matching offers and pre-paid demands of treated water allowing to finance sanitation and restore the public water quality as common good for not hindering growth and strategies.
- Water is the underlying commodity of every goods or services: please check www.cdproject.net/water and www.waterfootprint.org: : Prana Sustainable Water has designed Ethical Water Titles© – futures contracts – to commoditize treated wastewater as tradable resource on the Ethical Water Exchange platform or commodities exchange for water procurement and price security.
- Scaling-up clean technologies for wastewater:the members of Prana Sustainable Water Club active in wastewater can benefit organized markets through solvent demands of recycled water via Ethical Water Titles© allowing to leapfrog the leverage effects solving simultaneously water, health, economic, environmental and social issues.
- Offset water consumption : wastewater can be recycled on an infinite basis. Prana Sustainable Water boosts responsible productions or services prioritizing reuse water with the automatic respect of the Water Exploitation Index growingblue.com and storing part of recycled wastewater into green water bnks© for philanthropy, reforestation and production of green/rain water, energy, public services like fires..etc…
- Defense and food security Our motto is to incentivize responsible water use to produce:
– what makes sense (prioritizing commoditized recycled water from wastewater for Human Rights, for water footprints of functional food or with high nutritional value and ecosystems services),
– where it makes sense (according to the impact),
– how it makes sense (with treated wastewater and sludge energy).
Prana Sustainable Water site pages
Very quick! synopsis of global water consumption Serves as great intro for deeper exploration of water or tangential topics.
Also see the following video by the two
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There is a call for papers for the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management
The Conference will present the more recent technological and scientific developments associated with the management of surface and sub-surface water resources.
21 – 23 May, 2013
Wessex Institute of Technology New Forest, UK
- Water management and planning
- The right to water and sanitation
- Waste water treatment and re-use
- Water markets, policies and contracts
- Climate change
- Urban water management
- Hydraulic engineering
- Water quality
- Pollution contaminants and control
- River basin management
- Flood risk
- Regional and geo-politics of water
- Water resources and economics
- Government and regulations
Papers are invited on the topics outlined and others falling within the scope of the meeting. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.
Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference. The language of the conference will be English.
The paper deadline will be advised after submission of abstracts.
Papers presented at Water Resources Management 2013 will appear in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1746-448X, Digital ISSN: 1743-3541).
All conference papers are archived online at http://library.witpress.com where they are immediately and permanently available to the international scientific community. Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and regularly appear in notable reviews, publications and databases, including referencing and abstract services such as SCOPUS, Compendex, ISI Web of Knowledge, Index to Scientific and Technical Proceedings, ProQuest and Scitech Book News. All conference books are archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.
all Text/details above are taken directly from the conference site linked above and its sub pages
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- Keeping informed about WASH : Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Newsletter (washlink.wordpress.com)
- 40 Former Government Leaders Call on UN Security Council to Make Water Security a Priority (triplepundit.com)
- Water Shortage in Taiwan: Resource Management (thinkingbookworm.typepad.com)