Throughout history, the first and foremost role of urban water management has been to safeguard human health and protect the environment. To achieve this, management and engineering practice always had a strong focus on treating water by removing pollutants through dissipative pathways. As we entering the era of the circular economy, a key challenge will be to re-envision the role of urban water management within the circular economy, moving beyond safeguarding human and environmental health, to become a more proactive economic force through the recovery of resources embedded in (i) drinking, (ii) municipal, (iii) industrial and (iv) agricultural wastewaters. The programme of the conference will focus on topics related to recovery of the plethora of resources that can be recovered from these waste streams:

  • Pilot scale demonstration of innovative resource technologies;
  • Next generation resource recovery – breakthrough technologies and value added products;
  • Planning and implementation of next-generation resource recovery, wastewater treatment and sanitation infrastructure – global perspectives;
  • Monetization, financing and policy-making to foster resource-recovery driven circular economies;
  • Cross sectoral links and value chains – enhancing sustainability for society;
  • Economic, legislative, and societal opportunities and barriers;