MWH and International Water Association form climate change partnership

Posted: Tuesday 30th September 2008

Environmental engineering and water expert MWH has formed a partnership with the International Water Association (IWA) to deliver a three-year programme aimed at tackling the impact of climate change on the water sector. The partnership was announced at the recent IWA World Water Congress in Vienna.

MWH has established a reputation for delivering sustainable solutions for a broad portfolio of clients in sectors including water, waste water and energy and it employs some of the world’s leading experts on sustainability and climate change issues.

The International Water Association (IWA) is a global network of water professionals covering all aspects of the water cycle. It is in an ideal position to harness the experience and expertise of its diverse membership and deliver a unified approach to best practices in climate change adaptation and mitigation worldwide.

The MWH/IWA climate change partnership programme will involve collecting evidence around key climate change issues, focusing on specific geographic vulnerabilities such as the drying climate, the threat to low lying areas and islands from rising sea levels, and the impact of the melting ice caps.

It will also look at water user challenges including water resources, hydropower and issues affecting agriculture. This information will then be disseminated via international conferences, events and publications.

The final stage of the three-year programme will see experts from MWH and the IWA acting as climate change champions to lobby and influence key decision makers at regional, national and international levels. The object is to persuade them to act on the programme’s findings and take the steps necessary to create a sustainable future for the water sector, helping to safeguard the livelihoods and well being of people and the environment.

Among the leading experts from MWH who will play a prominent part in the programme are Professor Charles Ainger, Sustainable Development Director at MWH UK, a Visiting Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development, Cambridge University and Professor David Balmforth, a Technical Director at MWH with an international reputation for expertise in urban drainage, flood risk management and climate change adaptation strategies.

David Nickols, President ofMWHEMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa and India) said: “This partnership between MWH and the IWA is a very exciting development which offers a real chance to pool our expertise with the objective of delivering some groundbreaking solutions to the key challenges posed by climate change. At MWH, we pride ourselves on our reputation as a global leader of knowledge-driven project solutions, but we also have a purpose to build a better world and leave a lasting, positive legacy for the communities in which we live and work. This programme offers a unique opportunity to deliver on our climate change commitment and to help to build a better, more sustainable world.”

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