In 2019 PULSAQUA organized, coordinated, and designed the International Workshop for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The workshop was hosted by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. The workshop focused specifically on SDG targets 6.3 and 6.4, on water quality and availability, both surface water and groundwater.
Participants from Peru, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Uganda, Jordan, Tajikistan, Egypt, Colombia, Poland, Indonesia, Myanmar, Kenya, Chile and The Netherlands attended the international workshop. They discussed how to improve national monitoring, the collection of data and information at the national level to enable countries to improve their water management and ultimately reach the SDG 6 goals by 2030.
At the workshop, masterclasses were given on remote sensing, emission registration by companies, citizen science, drones & sensors, social media data, and model use for data scarce locations. This allowed the participants to discover the possibilities that open data and new methods & technologies bring.
The masterclass on Citizen Science for national SDG6 monitoring was given by PULSAQUA as well.
Organizations that provided inputs into the workshop in the form of presentations or masterclasses were Drinkable Rivers, IGRAC, Waterframes, TU Delft, WASHnote, UNEP, FAO, UN-Water, PULSAQUA, Waternet, Netherlands Space Office, Red Cross 510, Digidoen, Deltares and IHE Delft.
We wrote an article about the process the workshop was part of in the Water Governance Magazine, edition 2020/1 - The Numbers Tell the Tale: In Search of Meaningful Data for National Water Management Implementation. Read the article here.