Sharing Plans and a Vision
By Dr. Eileen O'Neill
Posted March 14, 2014
Adapted from March Highlights interview
We have an exciting and visionary strategic direction that has focused WEF on water-sector innovation, awareness of the value of water, and the expertise of global water professionals. This strategic direction was developed by our Board of Trustees and senior staff who listened carefully to the opinions of WEF members and other water leaders about current and future water profession needs. It has driven the identification of practical short- and long-term goals related to contributing tools and developing knowledge in such areas as resource recovery and holistic water management. We also are focusing attention on helping our members communicate the true value of water to the public as well as defining the skills and attributes water professionals of the future need and how we can support development of these skills.
In an era of climate change and competing demands, the primary challenge is meeting the water-service needs of growing and, in some cases, shifting populations with an eye toward resiliency and flexibility. North America and other developed parts of the world face additional layers of complexity from the challenges of integrating legacy systems, replacing aging infrastructure and, in some cases, addressing combined sewer overflows.
WEF will help share and distill knowledge. WEF’s diversity and our strength as a practitioner-rich community allows us to help bridge the gap between new water management research and theory and practical, on-the-ground adoption and implementation. We can shine a light on successful early adopters, and contribute to the identification, verification, and dissemination of leading practices that catalyze implementation of innovative and practical solutions.
Read the full interview in March Highlights