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Embrace the Water - a Cities of the Future conference

Monday 12.06.2017 to Wednesday 14.06.2017
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg

Join us in Gothenburg, from the 12th to the 14th of June at Embrace the Water 2017, gathering urban planners and water professionals to share experiences and projects on the opportunities and threats of water in modern, sustainable and innovative cities.

About the conference

Water is a great quality in cities, making them attractive. Water strongly influences how we can and should develop the cities. Urban planning can enable more sustainable water management. As cities are facing unprecedented demands and challenges, such as uncertainty in the provision of safe water; needs for improving living conditions; ensuring safety from floods related to climate change and natural disasters; and raising awareness for action so that local communities do not use water in a non-sustainable way; water professionals and urban planners need more than ever to share their knowledge to develop the most sustainable solutions, fostering synergies between water, energy, waste, food, and achieving liveability outcomes for the city.

Traditional planning and management paradigms have become obsolete. Sustainable, regenerative, risk resilient and efficient management of water in cities is driving urban professionals towards thinking different solutions, which often require cross sectoral integration. The Embrace the Water Conference will be an interdisciplinary arena for sharing the possibilities and the vision emerging from the paradigm shift in resources management. Save the date to come and join us to learn and share on “sustainable urban water” planning and design at different scales.
IFHP council member Bo Aronsson (Project Manager in ‘River City Gothenburg’) is representing IFHP during the organization of this event. IFHP Board Member Arun Jain is in the strategic programme committee. 

Four overarching themes for the conference:

  1. Water in urban planning for enhanced livability and citizens’ wellbeing
  2. Planning under uncertainty, adapting to climate change, enhancing cities resilience to flooding and water scarcity risks
  3. Regenerative water services for sustainable use and management of water resources
  4. Transdisciplinary water management engaging the community
Download the conference flyer here!

Registration and practical info

You can register for the conference via this link.
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Join in Sweden

The beautiful and vibrant city of Gothenburg is expecting 150 000 new inhabitants the next 20 years. New apartments, working places and service facilities will be built. The city is at the same time vulnerable, situated on the North Sea coast and passed by the biggest river in Sweden. Water has since the founding of the city 400 years ago played a most important role for the city planning, and will do so also in the future.
The conference Embrace the Water aims at gathering urban planners and water professionals from around the globe in order to share experiences and projects on the opportunities and threats of water in modern, sustainable and innovative cities. The conference contributes to celebrating the Gothenburg 400 year’s jubilee, and to the IWA Cities of the Future programme.



For more information, please contact IFHP council member Bo Aronsson ( or IFHP CEO Anette Galskjøt (