Last Call at the Oasis - Altijd Wat(er) debat

Last Call at the Oasis
Voertaal: Engels

Wanneer & waar?

vrijdag 22 maart 2013 - 20:00

Debat met Babar Kabir, BRAC Senior Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Jan-Willem Vosmeer van biergigant Heineken, Rob Schotsman van Royal Haskoning DHV en Henk van Schaik van UNESCO over hoe zij het dreigende tekort aan drinkwater tegen gaan.


Tweederde van de wereld bestaat uit water.Toch heeft eenderde van haar bewoners geen toegang tot schoon en drinkbaar water, laat staan een douche of wc. Hoe lang duurt het voor wij ook de dupe worden van de waterschaarste?  

Nederland is in 2013 gastland voor de internationale viering van Wereldwaterdag (WWD) op 22 maart 2013.

Op deze dag is er na vertoning van Last Call at the Oasis discussie over het onderschatte probleem van dreigende drinkwatertekorten, de rol van multinationals en overheden in water-gerelateerde ontwikkelingshulp, maar ook over de vraag wat je zélf kan doen om watervervuiling- en verspilling tegen te gaan.


Babar Kabir – BRAC Senior Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Disaster, Environment and Climate Change (DECC). Dr Kabir is the senior director of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and the Disaster, Environment and Climate Change (DECC) programmes. He is also a member of the Executive Management Committee, the organisation’s management decision making committee. Dr Kabir is an environmentalist, who obtained his PhD in Hydrogeology from the Azerbaijan State University. He has made significant contribution in the field of sustainable environment. He has experience working with, and in several government institutions, such as the UN, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, NGOs, and international and national consulting firms. Prior to joining BRAC, Dr Kabir was working in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of Bangladesh as national programme coordinator for their Sustainable Environment Management Programme (SEMP).


Henk van Schaik holds an MSc degree in Sanitary Engineering from Wageningen University (1973), The Netherlands. From its inception in 2001 till April 2012 Henk van Schaik was the Programme Co-ordinator of the Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate, based in the Netherlands. His activities included stimulating attention and research to the impacts of climate change upon water systems at national, regional and basin level, the assessment of vulnerabilities at local levels, the preparation of coping measures, and the encouragement of initiatives in water sector policies and organizations. As co-author he was involved in several publications on Water and Climate. He also was a key organizer of global and regional events on Water and Climate including during the World Water Fora in 2003 (Kyoto, Japan), in 2006 (Mexico) and 2009 (Istanbul) and 2012 (Marseille). He is advisor of the World Water Development Programme of the United Nations, Board Member of UPEACE The Hague and Programme Leader “Water and Peace”.


Jan-Willem Vosmeer (1967) is Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at HEINEKEN global headoffice, supporting the company’s global sustainability programme ‘Brewing a Better Future’. Water is one of the focus areas. He is responsible for stakeholder engagement, corporate social investment, CSR issues and overall management of HEINEKEN's global Sustainability Reporting. He particated in the UN Global Compact LEAD Task Force on Strategic Social Investments and Philantrophy, which outcomes were presented at the Rio+20 conference. In previous positions within HEINEKEN, Jan-Willem was Group Crisis Manager – managing crisis issues and crisis preparedness - and responsible for activating global internal communications programmes. Before joining HEINEKEN, Jan-Willem worked for BBDO, one of the world’s leading creative communications agency networks, in Amsterdam and Brussels.


Rob Schotsman is graduated as civil engineer (MSc). He has gained more than 20 years of experience in (process) engineering and management of (drinking) water projects, first only for drinking water companies but more and more for water boards and industry. As a senior consultant, he advises clients on master planning, business strategy and innovative and large projects. After being 10 years responsible for an advisory group concerning drinking water, he is now responsible for the business development of drinking water and watertechnology in general. In his work innovation plays an important role: new challenges require new innovative approaches and (integral water cycle) solutions by finding the right balance between economics, environment and public health.

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