Wednesday, June 9, 2021
02:30 PM to 03:10 PM
Session: Panel discussion-Managing Arsenic in Drinking Water Supplies – Bridging Policy to Practice

Managing Arsenic in Drinking Water Supplies – Bridging Policy to Practice

 

Time: Wednesday 9th June 2021 @ 14:30-15:10

The 8th International Congress & Exhibition on Arsenic in the Environment (As2021) will take place from 7 to 9 June 2021. The theme of the 2020 congress is “Bridging Science to Practice for Sustainable Development”. The Congress will address the broader context of arsenic research within the following themes:

· Theme 1: Arsenic in Natural Soil and Water Systems

· Theme 2: Arsenic in Agriculture and Food Production

· Theme 3: Health Impacts of Arsenic

· Theme 4: Technologies for Arsenic Removal from Water

· Theme 5: Sustainable Mitigation and Management for Sustainable Development

Rationale

Despite access to improved water sources, significant challenges remain to achieve the target of SDG 6.1. This includes the availability of safely managed drinking water that is on premises, available when needed, arsenic safe and free from microbial contamination. Several initiatives are being taken by Government and donor orgaizations across the world on arsenic mitigation, but the improvements in the safe drinking water scenario is still a challenge. During the past International Congresses in Sweden and in China a number of stakeholder consultations have indicated that the slow rate of progress is primarily due to the challenges from the perspectives of enforcement of policies, legislative and regulatory framework, institutional arrangements, capacity development and behavioral practices and most importantly the involvement of the private sectors. Arsenic in drinking water and food is a major health issue, affecting millions of people in many parts of the world. Almost a three decade ago WHO guideline for arsenic in drinking water was reduced to a maximum of 10 µg/L (WHO, 1993). As a novel initiative UNICEF Bangladesh with support from the national and international partners implemented a new harmonized approach of arsenic mitigation for the rural disadvantaged communities through interventions for safe drinking water service delivery through vulnerability risk assessment, appropriate technologies, evidence based decision making and strong community involvement so

that poor and extreme poor people are addressed. Digital transformation has emerged as a viable system for data capture, management, analysis and visualization of geospatial information vis-à-vis all water, and WASH, related data and increasing the transparency, decision making, efficient water management and also an effective tool for an efficient water safety planning (WSP). This panel envisages to discuss the most important issues that are in focus on the science based evidences that would strengthen the institutionalization of strategic interventions to leverage the outcomes that will assist the improvements in the systemic weaknesses of the sector such as (a) poor intra and inter sectoral coordination; (b) insufficient private sector capacity and regulatory framework (c) low institutionalization of water quality monitoring, surveillance and water safety planning; (d) insufficient use of alternate water sources and evidence for technical decision making; and the (e) insufficient access to reliable data.

 

Host:

Patrick van der Wens

 

Date & Time:

Wednesday 9 June 2021, 14:30-15:10 CEST

 

Panelists:

Nargis Akter (UNICEF-Bangladesh)

Syed Zahid Aziz (WASA, Lahore, Pakistan)

Prosun Bhattacharya (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Dara Johnston (UNICEF-Bangladesh/South Sudan)

M. Saifur Rahman (DPHE, Bangladesh)

Marco Schouten (VEI, The Netherlands)

Christian Tylor (AySA, Argentina)

Plenary session
Add to Agenda 09 June 2021 14:30 09 June 2021 15:10 Europe/Amsterdam Panel discussion-Managing Arsenic in Drinking Water Supplies – Bridging Policy to Practice

Managing Arsenic in Drinking Water Supplies – Bridging Policy to Practice

 

Time: Wednesday 9th June 2021 @ 14:30-15:10

The 8th International Congress & Exhibition on Arsenic in the Environment (As2021) will take place from 7 to 9 June 2021. The theme of the 2020 congress is “Bridging Science to Practice for Sustainable Development”. The Congress will address the broader context of arsenic research within the following themes:

· Theme 1: Arsenic in Natural Soil and Water Systems

· Theme 2: Arsenic in Agriculture and Food Production

· Theme 3: Health Impacts of Arsenic

· Theme 4: Technologies for Arsenic Removal from Water

· Theme 5: Sustainable Mitigation and Management for Sustainable Development

Rationale

Despite access to improved water sources, significant challenges remain to achieve the target of SDG 6.1. This includes the availability of safely managed drinking water that is on premises, available when needed, arsenic safe and free from microbial contamination. Several initiatives are being taken by Government and donor orgaizations across the world on arsenic mitigation, but the improvements in the safe drinking water scenario is still a challenge. During the past International Congresses in Sweden and in China a number of stakeholder consultations have indicated that the slow rate of progress is primarily due to the challenges from the perspectives of enforcement of policies, legislative and regulatory framework, institutional arrangements, capacity development and behavioral practices and most importantly the involvement of the private sectors. Arsenic in drinking water and food is a major health issue, affecting millions of people in many parts of the world. Almost a three decade ago WHO guideline for arsenic in drinking water was reduced to a maximum of 10 µg/L (WHO, 1993). As a novel initiative UNICEF Bangladesh with support from the national and international partners implemented a new harmonized approach of arsenic mitigation for the rural disadvantaged communities through interventions for safe drinking water service delivery through vulnerability risk assessment, appropriate technologies, evidence based decision making and strong community involvement so

that poor and extreme poor people are addressed. Digital transformation has emerged as a viable system for data capture, management, analysis and visualization of geospatial information vis-à-vis all water, and WASH, related data and increasing the transparency, decision making, efficient water management and also an effective tool for an efficient water safety planning (WSP). This panel envisages to discuss the most important issues that are in focus on the science based evidences that would strengthen the institutionalization of strategic interventions to leverage the outcomes that will assist the improvements in the systemic weaknesses of the sector such as (a) poor intra and inter sectoral coordination; (b) insufficient private sector capacity and regulatory framework (c) low institutionalization of water quality monitoring, surveillance and water safety planning; (d) insufficient use of alternate water sources and evidence for technical decision making; and the (e) insufficient access to reliable data.

 

Host:

Patrick van der Wens

 

Date & Time:

Wednesday 9 June 2021, 14:30-15:10 CEST

 

Panelists:

Nargis Akter (UNICEF-Bangladesh)

Syed Zahid Aziz (WASA, Lahore, Pakistan)

Prosun Bhattacharya (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Dara Johnston (UNICEF-Bangladesh/South Sudan)

M. Saifur Rahman (DPHE, Bangladesh)

Marco Schouten (VEI, The Netherlands)

Christian Tylor (AySA, Argentina)