Water Cycle Innovation
Water Cycle Innovation (Pty) Ltd (WCI) is a unique consultancy company serving the needs of policy makers, donors, governments, UN organizations, continental/regional institutions, non-governmental institutions (NGOs), and the private sector with regards to water for cooperation, water and food security, and climate resilience – underpinning sustainable development.
WCI supports the identification of approaches, policies, practices, and processes towards more sustainable benefits from managing the ‘Whole of the Water Cycle’ through integrated solutions, evidence-based technologies, and participatory engagement of stakeholders at all levels.
Dr Karen Villholth, Director Water Cycle Innovation, giving the main messages at the UN-Water Summit on Groundwater together with Prof. Gabriel Eckstein, Texas A&M University School of Law.
UN-Water Summit on Groundwater – The culmination of a landmark year for groundwater
The water community has made significant strides towards getting groundwater higher on the global development agenda. The year 2022 was particularly pivotal as the UN system, through UN-Water, and its many Member and Partner organizations, elevated the topic of ‘Groundwater – Making the Invisible Visible’ to the center of attention. This was achieved through a dedicated campaign, centered around the World Water Day and the World Water Development Report of the year with the same overarching theme, both launched in March at the World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal. This has leveraged significant attention, activities, and spin-off, as groundwater was further pushed to the top of the agenda in many key water events and webinars internationally. The major final and culminating event in 2022 was the global UN-Water Summit on Groundwater in Paris, France, Dec 06-08, coordinated by UNESCO and the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC).