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An international forum

Connecting sustainability
& entrepreneurship

around the Euro-Mediterranean and Middle East regions

29-30 October 2018

Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, Barcelona

ABOUT AMWAJ

To encourage awareness about sustainability interlinkages and to advance social entrepreneurship across the MENA region, Revolve organizes AMWAJ (‘’waves’’ in Arabic) – A Mediterranean Water And Journalism forum for sustainable development – focused on offering socially innovative ideas, sharing best practices and nding practical solutions to build inclusive societies for a sustainable future in the MENA region.

AMWAJ brings together the private and public sectors, leaders in environmental sustainability, social entrepreneurs and media to create a socially-responsible, water and energy conscious community-based on sharing natural resources to drive positive change.

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Features

Program

Day 1

29 October 2018 Social Entrepreneurship, Media and SDGs
8:30 – 9:00 Registration: Coffee & Croissants
9:00 – 10:30 Open Debate | Panel 1: Connecting Environmental Sustainability & Social Entrepreneurship

Keynotes by high-level decision makers advancing the transversal themes of water and energy for society.

10:30 – 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 – 12:30 Panel 2: Social Enterprise Innovation Lab: Exploring models to support innovation, scale up projects and mobilise private finance 

In the spirit of a circular economy leading organisations share their approach to promote entrepreneurship and social impact investments.

  • Clara Navarro, Founder and Director at Ship2be on Tech 4 Planet
  • Montse Basora, Entrepreneurship Director, Business and Innovation, Barcelona Activa

Pitch show – young entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their idea or startup to investment professionals.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch, hosted by Sant Pau
14:00 – 15:30 Panel 3: Communicating water, energy and food nexus: Fostering sustainable agriculture 

Expert journalists share methods to tell people ways to save water, treat polluted water and how experts can help media professionals and entrepreneurs to understand and tackle sustainability issues.

Entrepreneurs share their know-how presenting innovative solutions to save water and increase agriculture production.

15:30 – 16:00 Networking Break
16:00 – 17:30 Media workshop: Communicating more effectively SDG 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all? 

Journalists and bloggers from Mediterranean countries are invited to a state-of-the art conflict sensitive journalism training on water related topics.

Presentations from leaders in the sector and open debate with journalists from across the MENA regions

Media Awards Ceremony 

18:00 – 22:00  Launch Cocktail of Mediterranean Photo Exhibition hosted by Sant Pau Knowledge Center

Buffet Dinner

Day 2

30 October 2018 COMMUNICATING WATER IN SCIENCE & BUSINESS s
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee & Croissants
9:00 – 10:30 Evaluating media framing, advocacy and social engagement in the context of water treatment and reuse

Communication experts and senior editors discuss the current discourse on water reuse in cities and existing challenges in public acceptance.

11:00 – 12:00 Exploring elements of smarter water management: technology, people and processes

Bridging the gap between scientific research, industry practices and social understanding by matching cross-hydrological bio-indicators with socio-ecological indicators.

12:00 – 13:15 Opportunities for Private & Public Water Projects:

Investing in innovative solutions for water management

  • Labelling and investing in regional water projects, Miguel Garcia-Herraiz, Deputy Secretary-General, Water and Envrionment, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
  • On supplying water for a sustainable future – Carlos Cosín, CEO, Almar Water Solutions
  • Introducing the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), Octavi Quintana

Introducing policies to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Eva Ramos, Director Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (TBD)

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 3: Communicating water, energy and food nexus: Fostering sustainable agriculture 

Expert journalists share methods to tell people ways to save water, treat polluted water and how experts can help media professionals and entrepreneurs to understand and tackle sustainability issues.

Entrepreneurs share their know-how presenting innovative solutions to save water and increase agriculture production.

13:15 – 13:30 Closing Remarks
13:30 – 14:30  

Lunch

15:00 – 16:00  FIELD VISITS: For entrepreneurs, media and investors to sites in and around Barcelona:

  1. Barcelona Activa – Leading Innovation Hub
  1. Drinking Water Treatment Plant, the largest electrodialysis reversal (EDR) processing plant in the world

Special Features

Water & Energy Field Visits

Learn more about ongoing projects and join optional Field trips to interesting locations nearby the conference settings. The visits aim to enhance knowledge, skills and attitude where participants will be getting an opportunity to directly interact with implementers / bene ciaries of the projects. This will further result in giving the participants a hands-on experience on how to plan, design and implement sustainable decentralized water management practices.

Water Tank Communication Tool

Experience the Water Tank, a movable  lming studio to collect the many challenging and fascinating stories of water adding an emotional dimension to the technical, scienti c and political debate. Join experts, policy-makers, journalists, and sector leaders in communicating the value of water. Building continuity, creating conversation, gaining momentum for greater sustainability.

Strategic Partner

Water Partners

Scientific Partners

Media Partners