In the run up to the international Mining Indaba (8-11 Feb 2016), we look at the Dutch companies playing a part in this conference. In this years’ conference, one of the focus points is sustainable mining (#SustainableMining on Twitter) and water plays a big role in this, being a key challenge in mining. In this company profile we look at NWP: the Netherlands Water Partnership, and how they operate across disciplines and on an international level.
The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is a public-private partnership that brings together companies, NGOs, knowledge institutes and government. In that way, NWP is a gateway to the Dutch Water Sector. The company can be described as a comprehensive international network that unites Dutch Water expertise. They focus on subjects ranging from water purification to spatial planning and they write annual reports on developments in the (international) water sector.
One of NWP’s main goals is to work on the visibility of the Dutch water sector on an international level. Edilberto Baquero, project officer international, explains: “Our activities are oriented in promising regions with potential for the positioning of the Dutch water sector. Within this approach we focus on the countries that are a priority for the Dutch government, as well as in countries that specifically ask for Dutch expertise.”By organizing participation of Dutch companies to trade missions, fairs and conferences across the globe, NWPgives a platform to the Dutch water sector to develop sustainable solutions.
Baquero continues: “NWP is committed to parties with international ambitions in the field of water. Therefore we bring Dutch parties with interest in a particular country together through the so called “Country Platforms”. For example, after the floods in Queensland, Australia in 2011, the government of Queensland asked NWP to set up a trade mission of a Dutch business delegation of water experts. In this mission, several parties ranging from government to companies worked together to carefully open the conversation towards cooperation and rebuilding.
NWP is very actively involved in Mining Indaba 2016 underlining the special focus on water as a key challenge in mining and bringing the Dutch partners Royal IHC, Witteveen+Bos, Royal HaskoningDHV and Fugro together during the Special Information Sessions on Wednesday, 10 February.