Malaysia recognizes the existing friendly relations between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Netherlands towards strengthening mutual cooperation in water and wastewater management. With the existing close co-operation, Malaysia is gearing up on a way forward towards exploring better water governance structure practices in Netherlands. The Netherlands has been known to be a leader in water management in Europe and on a global platform.
Malaysia has drawn out policy direction, strategies, plans and projects to be implemented under the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2026) in line with the principle of shared prosperity. Malaysia strives to ensure that the country’s water resources will be managed in a sustainable manner, and as a finite resource, water must be treated with respect. On the macro those initiatives augur well with our ambition to realise the 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals. Among the key focus areas are enhancing both quantity and quality of water supply, efficient and effective flood mitigation initiatives, sustainable ground water utilization, strengthening the regulatory framework and modernising the sewerage sector through implementing new technologies and enhanced processes. All these will contribute to the overall achievement of national KPI of 99% water supply coverage, 80% connected sewerage services and national target of 33% in reduction of non-revenue water by the year 2020.
The Netherlands, on the other hand, is well known for innovative approaches towards sustainable water management. Not only famous with tulips and windmills, Dutch best practices are very much advanced in water management such as ground water, Delta works, dams and dykes, polders etc. have helped many countries to better manage water and its relation to the overall economic development. This Dialogue has two objectives. First, it brings expert form both countries to exchange, share and learn best practices in water management. And second, it opens up business opportunities for Dutch companies forging strategic partnership with local counterparts in the area of water solutions, technologies, processes and river basin management in Malaysia as well as in the other parts of the region.
Mr Andreas Giesen has more than 30 years of experience with Royal HaskoningDHV in the water and wastewater technology field. He is a dynamic expert that combines wide and deep water treatment expertise with managerial and innovation & product development skills. In his previous position he was responsible for the company’s innovation & product development agenda in the water sector. The Nereda® aerobic granular sludge technology is just one of the breakthroughs developed Royal HaskoningDHV.
In his current position as Director Technology he is responsible for safeguarding the company’s upfront technology position in general – and for Nereda in particular – and ensuring the required performance in the international applications.
Koos Wieriks studied Spatial Planning at the Delft University of Technology. He has been active in national and international water management since 1980 in different positions:
He was involved in the policy formulation for Dutch Water Management and in the formulation and implementation of North Sea Policies. He worked abroad as head of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine River in Germany and as Advisor Water Management to the Indonesian Minister of Public Works in Jakarta. Afterwards he became Secretary of the Dutch Water Management Advisory Board and Personal Advisor Water Management to the Prince of Orange. He was a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and is still active in the High Level Expert and Leaders Panel on Water and Disaster.
He currently works in Indonesia again as Principal Advisor to the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) project.
Ioana will be speaking about the Water Footprint concept, it’s role in awareness raising of water sustainability along supply chains, the difference between conventional measurements for water withdrawal and LCAs, as well as its practical implementation in some of the projects we do, with an eye on the relevance for Malaysia and potential for collaboration.
Jules van Lier is full professor “Wastewater Treatment / Environmental Engineering” and head of the Section Sanitary Engineering of Delft University of Technology, with a 0.2 fte seconded position at UN-IHE, Delft. He received both his MSc and PhD from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and is specialized in Anaerobic Treatment technology. He (co-) published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and book chapters and over 400 conference proceedings. His research interest comprises the development of cost-effective technologies for (waste)water treatment, recovering resources such as water, nutrients, biogas, elements from waste streams. Research projects are focused on closing water cycles in industries and sewage water recovery for industrial and/or agricultural use. He promoted 18 and co-promoted 5 PhD students and is supervising 18 PhD students at this moment. Jules van Lier became nominated member of the IWA Fellow programme.
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