The 10th annual Pacific Water Conference and Expo and 3rd Ministerial Forum will be held this year in Apia, Samoa, from 7 – 11 August.
The much-anticipated event is coordinated by Samoa Water Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Water Sector and the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association.
This year’s theme ‘Water Supply in a Changing Environment’ recognizes the critical impact of climate change on water resources of Pacific nations and the extensive nature of its impact on all sectors. Samoa last hosted this event in 2008 at the first Pacific Water Conference.
There will be close to 200 participants from across the Pacific region attending, from members of the Association including development partners, government Ministries and utility Corporations, professionals in the water industry, engineers, scientists, along with government Ministers from the Pacific region.
Managing Director of Samoa Water Authority, Seugamaalii Jammie Saena, and her staff are confident that this year’s conference will be a huge success not just for Samoa but for the Pacific Region. Assisting the Government of Samoa with the financial costs of this year’s conference, is the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Chief Executive Officer of PWWA, Pitolau Lusia Sefo Leau highlights the inclusion of a specific programme for young water professionals as one of the special features of this year’s conference, made possible with the assistance of the Australian Water Partnership.
This programme brings in young water professionals from water utility organisations around the region and aims to inform, encourage and mentor the future leaders in the water sector of Pacific member utilities.
A highlight of the Pacific Water Conference is the Ministerial Water Forum which will take place on Tuesday, 8 August. This will be the third Ministerial Water Forum since the establishment of the Pacific Water Conference, and is in itself an important commitment by political water leaders in the region of the work of PWWA and advocating for a ‘Pacific voice for water’ in the global arena.
Running parallel to the Conference from 8-11 August is the Pacific Water Exhibition showcasing water products, services and technological innovations from around the Pacific and beyond. This Expo will be open to the public.