Invitation from IDA President Dr. Emilio Gabbrielli

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the 2017 IDA World Congress on Water Reuse and Desalination, to be held for the first time in Latin America, from October 15-20, 2017 at the World Trade Center in São Paulo, Brazil.

The need for a sustainable supply of clean, fresh water is among the top issues facing the world’s growing population and economies, and so the Congress theme, ‘Ensure Your Water Future,’ underscores the importance of water reuse and desalination in solving the world’s water challenges. The World Congress presents an unprecedented opportunity for knowledge sharing, and it offers an ideal opportunity for delegates from around the world to learn more about the myriad opportunities that Brazil and the rest of Latin America offer.

Several technical sessions will be dedicated to regional success stories that showcase how water reuse and desalination are helping in Latin American countries to develop the main economic sectors. Other sessions will address
water policy, development, governance, finance and market challenges; water reuse practices; desalination and water reuse in industrial applications; emerging and advanced technologies; desalination and renewable energy; and desalination and the environment. In addition, IDA is organizing a series of panels and roundtable discussions that will explore important topics in greater depth.

In all, approximately 350 abstracts representing 40 countries were submitted for consideration in the Technical Program. Additional presentations and panels will be offered in the Innovation Theater, providing unprecedented opportunities for learning and information exchange.

As data from the IDA Yearbook have been showing for years, Latin America, and in particular Brazil, has become one of the main users of desalination and water reuse technology. The potential for an increased use of these technologies is huge, and the interest is very high.

Based on years of experience in seeing the positive impact of the IDA World Congress in other parts of the world, we expect that this highly anticipated event will once again serve as a catalyst for a wider and appropriate use of these technologies in Brazil and the Latin American region. This perspective, coupled with the strong support from Brazil and the success of IDA’s conference on ‘Water Reuse and Desalination for Latin American Development,’ which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 2015, was the reason why IDA selected Brazil as the location for the 2017 World Congress.

IDA is pleased to announce that several important Brazilian organizations and regional institutions are strategic partners of the Congress. They include Sabesp (the São Paulo water utility), ABAS (Associação Brasiliera de Águas Subterrâneas) and IICA (Instituto Interamericano de Cooperação para a Agricultura), ABES (the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering), ABCON (Public Water and Sewer Services), SINDCON (the National Union of Private Concessionaires of Public Water and Sewer Services), CNI (the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry), AIDIS (the Interamerican Sanitary and Environmental Engineering Association), ANEAS (the National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities of Mexico).

The Brazilian Federal Government is supporting the event mainly through the Ministry of Environment and the National Water Agency, ANA. In recognition of the increasing relevance of reuse and desalination technologies, several international agencies also plan to participate in the Congress. These include the World Bank, FAO, UNESCO and others.

We invite you to take advantage of the robust Technical Program, industry Exhibition, presentations in the IDA Innovation Theater, several plant tours, additional learning opportunities with IDA Academy courses, and abundant networking opportunities throughout Congress week. Brazil is an exceptional destination any time, but never more so than as the host country for the 2017 IDA World Congress. I hope to see you there.

Dr. Emilio Gabbrielli
IDA President