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Smart water - Smart cities

The Smartwater - Smartcities conference will be held on 15th November in Barcelona. The event is organized by the We Are Water Foundation within the framework of the Iwater Congress

Smartwater - Smartcities Barcelona will focus on the water problem in both cities and tourism destinations, primarily in Mexico, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean that will build on the progress made at the Smart Water conferences held in Mexico in 2014 and 2015.

Smartwater - Smartcities has originated as an initiative to provide a cross-sector and multidisciplinary overview of the water problem, focusing on areas of strategic development such as cities and tourism destinations in a region with as much sensitivity and strategic value for water at a global level as Latin America. Encompassing a broad perspective of the ‘water value chain’, the initiative is being developed with the proactive incorporation of regulators, architects, designers, developers, operators and technology, etc., all of which provide a different perspective within the framework of a structured idea, as well as opportunities for partnership and shared knowledge that have yet to be explored and which facilitate greater awareness and actions with respect to good practices in water management. By doing so, we expand the ‘value chain’ of solutions to the water problem and, at the same time, enable awareness of the issues surrounding water to be raised by inviting more speakers that the general public are familiar with and able to follow.

At Smartwater - Smartcities Barcelona, the objective is to ensure the continuity of the measures taken in Mexico, as well as gradually incorporating new content that enables us to keep enhancing awareness and sharing solutions to the water problem by learning about successful experiences around the world, innovations, cooperation and social integration schemes, etc. The aim is to highlight best practices and specific cases that have happened in Latin America and elsewhere around the world that may be able to be replicated in Latin America. Also as a result of all of the above, stable professional, business and institutional cooperation between Europe and Latin America will be developed to tackle a reality that involves us all.

Smartwater - Smartcities Barcelona will involve the participation of decision-makers (regulators, large consumers, hotel operators and developers, etc.) from Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as Spanish agents with a presence or interest in the region, forming part of the conference. Other attendees invited to the event include professionals, businesses and organizations with an interest in water in Latin America.