Pacific Water and Wastewater 6th Ministerial Forum
13th Conference and Expo
Message from PWWA CEO
“Resilience and Water security”
PWWA, along with the Water Authority of Fiji, is honored to co-host the 13th PWWA Annual Conference and the 6th Ministerial Meeting of Water Ministers from the 14th – 18th November 2022 in Denarau Island, Fiji. PWWA expresses its sincere appreciation to Dr Amit Chanan, CEO of WAF for offering and securing his Government’s approval to host this year’s event, at such short notice. We are confident WAF will ensure we all have a worthwhile experience not only technically but socially and culturally in the beautiful Fiji Islands and at the Sofitel at Denarau Island!
As this will be the first conference after 2019 in Vanuatu due to border restrictions from the COVID19 pandemic , we are looking forward to welcoming all the familiar and new faces from around the Pacific after this long break, to interact with each other face to face, share knowledge, challenges, success stories and learn from each other. Our theme for this year is “Resilience and Water Security”.
During the week we will have a Ministerial Forum, the Young Water Professionals Program, the technical conference with a menu of thematic presentations, an EXPO, the Members Annual General Meeting, site visits and special events where you will be able to join and engage in and be part of.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Pitolau Lusia Sefo Leau
PWWA Chief Executive Officer
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOTICE
“RESILIENCE & WATER SECURITY”
Monday 14th – Friday 18th November 2022
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Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
Beachfront, Denarau Island. Fiji
Participants and EXPO Registrations
For Conference and EXPO registrations, please download the registration form and fill in for each participant and send to contacts listed on the form. Payment of fees is to be made in US Dollars payable to PWWA. See registration form for details. All delegates are to check-in with the registration desk at the conference venue to collect all conference kits and papers.
EXPO measurements will be made available soon!
Accommodations and Travel
Ministers and Utility CEO’s accommodations and travels will be arranged by PWWA. All other individuals are responsible for making their own arrangements.
Call for Abstracts
Water and Wastewater Sector Main Event in the Pacific
This is a unique opportunity to present your work on a regional stage. The conference will focus on improving the resilience of Pacific Island countries to climate change and other disasters through strengthening water security. Under the broad overall theme “Resilience and Water Security”, we are reminded not only of the growing strength and frequency of natural disasters but also of what the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted – our current struggles to reach all people with safe and secure water and sanitation and how climate change and health pandemics exacerbate our water security and resilience challenges. We are looking for papers that are current and provide innovative, robust, and practical solutions, and researched issues for discussions that contribute to improving resilience and security and are sustainable for the Pacific
Please indicate which theme(s) or topics the proposed paper will cover. This will greatly assist in defining the conference programme and assigning the abstracts.
Development Partners Perspective
- Partnerships that work and strengthen the delivery of resilient water and WASH projects and programs, and mobilize financing for water resilience (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Building a Water Resilient Pacific. SDG6 are we there yet? (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Weather Patterns: A threat to Water Security (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Impact of COVID19 on progress of Pacific Water Sector. What are the lessons? How can we better prepare ourselves? (2 x 20 mins presentations)
Improving Resilience and Water Security through emerging initiatives
- Improved and Sustainable Water Systems (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Increasing resilient investments and policies in the water sector through various entities. (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Building awareness and knowledge base for resilience in water supply and wastewater services. (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Measuring water security and mainstreaming in planning for sustainable water and overall economic development? (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Managing our ageing infrastructure and adaptation to reduce impacts of climate change. (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Analysing data to address gaps of sustainability, security, and resilience. (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Taking resilience and security water issues to communities. (2 x 20 mins presentations)
- Spearheading digitalization for water security and resilience. (2 x 20 mins presentations)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS:
All abstracts must be submitted in English and clearly state the objectives and desired outcomes of the proposed presentation.
Please note the following abstract submission guidelines:
- Only one abstract is to be submitted.
- Text only format.
- Must be between 200 – 500 words.
- It is assumed that all authors have consented to paper submission and that all copyright provisions listed elsewhere have been met.
- Abstract text will appear in print as submitted but may be amended.
- We will require a brief CV of author(s) and photograph(s).
- Authors must be prepared to confirm their copyright ownership of the paper, the originality of the work, that the paper has not been previously published in any other form and that the Pacific Water & Wastewater Association will be granted permission to publish the paper. This must be confirmed at time of abstract submission.
- Any presentation of a commercial or marketing nature will not be accepted.
- All papers accepted into the final programme will be published on a USB device and provided to all delegates who will attend PWWC’22. It will also be made available on the PWWA website.
- Presenters will be responsible for their own expenses and conference registration fee.
- Presentation allocation: Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, which includes 5 minutes for questions and discussion.
- Audio visual support will be in PowerPoint forma
Call for Abstracts closes:
5pm, Wednesday 21 September 2022
On or before 28 September 2022
If accepted into the programme the full Paper or PPt presentation must be made by:
26 October 2022
Submit via email to:
Development Project Coordinator
SELECTION OF PAPERS:
The selection of papers will be determined by a Technical Presentation Selection Committee based on the following criteria:
- Significance to the Conference theme(s)
- Technical content
- Content, including innovation
- Clarity and quality
- Potential audience appeal
COVID-19 Travel Requirements to Fiji
Fiji offers quarantine free travel to fully-vaccinated travellers from all over the world.
They’ve simplified entry requirements further to make it easier for participants to enter.
Please show evidence of the following at check-in before your departure:
- proof of full vaccination for all travellers aged 16 years and older
- travel insurance
- pre-book in-country RAT (Book here).
Once you arrive, you can enjoy our conference and the best of Fiji knowing that when sticking to Care Fiji Committed businesses, everyone you interact with will be fully vaccinated.
For more detailed information, visit our FAQs page.
We are responsible for providing access to quality drinking water and wastewater services to over 154,000 residential and non-residential metered customers in the urban areas of Fiji and also setting up water supply systems in rural areas.
Our current water and wastewater network constitutes more than 4932 kilometres of pipes, and we supply more than 134,000 megalitres of treated water annually to homes and businesses all across Fiji.
Our service covers 18,274 square kilometres of the 332 islands in the Fiji archipelago, of which 110 are inhabited. As of 2020, we are in our 10th year of operation.
Knowing that over 829,110 Fijians, comprising thousands of families and businesses around Fiji, rely on us for their essential daily need for water, we take our service and mandate very seriously.
Access to clean water and sanitation has been listed as goal number 6 under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The World Water Organisation has highlighted this year, where 785 million people lack access to safe water.
Another 144 million are dependent on surface water to meet their basic needs. 266 million hours are spent by girls and women fetching for water daily. The global water crisis accounts for 260 billion US dollars lost each year equivalent to time spent in gathering water or seeking safe sanitation services.
The importance of ensuring Water and Wastewater services to all Fijians is reflected in the 20-year Fijian National Development Plan. The NDP provides a national framework to ensure progressive steps are taken in ensuring continued services of Water and Wastewater. The 2013 Fijian constitution in sections 35 and 36 stipulates that access to sanitation and clean drinking water is a basic human right.
The manner in which water is utilised in Fiji underlines the need for work by Fiji, as a whole, to address our Tariff Structure and further create awareness for water conservation. There is much work for WAF to do, to become a ‘Utility of the Future’.
Our first goal, which is reflected in this plan, is to get the basics right. The first three years of this plan will see a consolidation of both assets and operations. This is reflective of the global financial decline, the current state of our existing assets and our culture.
Our Strategic Plan will address all three elements of assets, culture and finances. These three key strategic deliverables are broken down to five core strategic goals. How these core strategic goals are delivered on the ground is represented in our Annual Business Plans and Personal Development Plans.
Our key goal is to ensure continuity in providing effective water and wastewater services to all Fijians for generations to come.
Clean Water and Sanitation for a Better Life.
We are committed to optimising water and wastewater services through:
- Capacity Building
- Engaging Stakeholders
- Being Environmentally Focussed
- Safe Working Practices
W – we do the right thing.
A – accountability: we are accountable for what we say and do.
T – team: we work as one team.
E – energy: we bring positive energy to whatever we do.
R – respect – we respect each other, our customers, other utilities and government.