Funding brief: World Water Challenge is an international contest for water solutions. As a follow up activity of the 7th World Water Forum in 2015, it has been annually held in conjunction with the Korea International Water Week (KIWW), aiming to discover imminent water problems that the world is facing and to find feasible solutions to them.
World Water Challenge 2019 will be held as one of the signature programs of KIWW 2019 which will take place in September in Daegu Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea. This 5th edition of World Water Challenge is expected to serve its role as an important platform to share the ideas and know-hows towards solving the defined water issues around the world and to forge a tailored network among the water-related experts and stakeholders.
Topic 1: Efficient Water Management (SDGs links: SDG 6.4 Water Use Efficiency)
Urban water efficiency
Agricultural water efficiency
Industrial water efficiency
Energy efficiency in water and waste water systems
Keywords: sustainable water resources management, water resources security, water production improvement technology, water supply management, water and industry, water-energy-food nexus, water resources development, trans-boundary water resources management, dam and river system operation
Topic 2: Resource Recovery from Water and Wastewater Systems (SDGs links: 6.1 Safe Water, 6.2 Sanitation)
Water recycling and reuse technologies
Energy production from water and waste water cycles
Nutrient recovery from waste water
Keywords: water and wastewater treatment technology, safe and clean technology for drinking water, sanitation and health science, sea water desalination, water-energy production technology, renewable energy, total water pollution load management, river quality management, hydropower technology
Topic 3: Water and Natural Disasters (SDGs links: 11.5 Reduction of Economic & Human Losses)
Climate change assessment and adaptation
Drought analysis and management
Urban floods and damage reduction
Remote sensing and GIS applications to natural hazards
Keywords: climate change scenarios and prediction, drought analysis and management, water resources risk scenarios, risk assessment and adaptation, water and disasters, water related composite hazards, coastal disaster and tsunami, urban floods and resilience
Topic 4: Smart Water Technologies (SDGs links: 6.5 IWRM)
Management of urban, industry, and irrigation water
Implementation of integrated water resources management
Design and implementation of smart water grid
Information and communication technologies for water management
Keywords: water and creative economy, smart water management, smart disaster management system, smart agricultural water management, standardized smart water grid technology, water management information systems, RS and GIS applications for securing water resources, best management practices of IWRM, advanced water governance through multi-directional information system.
Topic 5: Ecosystem and Water (SDGs links: 6.6 Water & Ecosystems)
Science and technology for green infrastructure management
Economic valuation on ecosystem and water
Effects of ecosystem on water quality
Keywords: water and environment, water and green growth, vulnerability analysis for water environments, marine ecology and sea level rise, wetland conservation and restoration, green infrastructure.
Donor Name: Korea Water Forum
Funding name: World Water Challenge 2019
Deadline: Registration and solution submission can be proceeded from June, 28th, 2019 KST. The solutions should be submitted by July, 28th, 2019 KST.
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: The total prize amount for the World Water Challenge 2019 is KRW 16,000,000(approx. 16,000 USD). The Award Ceremony will be held on September 6th at the closing ceremony of KIWW 2019 and the winners will be presented with a cash prize and trophy respectively
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Project duration: N//A
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: Anyone (as individual or on behalf of an organization) who is interested in water is welcome to participate in the program.
Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
● Solution proposals must be filled out only in English.
● One person (or organization) can submit more than one proposal with the different solutions.
● Please make sure that all materials submitted for entry will not be returned and they might be used or published partially or wholly by the secretariat.
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