In just 20 years, some 40% of the world’s population will have insufficient water for their daily needs and the number of tsunamis, floods and other natural disasters will continue to grow. In order to raise awareness of this issue among young people and encourage them to help come up with new solutions, the Wilo-Foundation is supporting the annual summer academy for students known as the “Asia-Pacific Youth Parliament for Water” (APYPW) for a three-year period (2013-17).
The event initiated by the Korea Water Forum (KWF) is organised in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment in the Republic of Korea and the National Assembly for the Environment, Korea University Sejong Campus and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. During the 3-day academy along the lines of the World Water Forum, 100 international students take on the role of an international delegate. The aim is for them to exchange ideas, engage in discussion, work on case studies and come up with suggested solutions in groups, aided by experts in the field. At the end of the week, the young people presented the outcome of their deliberations. Since 2016, the Wilo-Foundation has been presenting the “Young Water Award” to a team of two or three students who have delivered outstanding results in terms of efficiency and sustainability. The prize includes a trip to Germany by invitation of the Wilo-Foundation. During their trip, the award winners have an opportunity to visit different water projects and Wilo sites.
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Korea Water Forum (KWF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2006 by former Prime Minister Dr. HAN Seung-soo. The organisation has four main goals: to develop a platform for representatives of the worldwide water industry, to promote far-reaching debate about the global challenges of water management in disseminating information and experience, to find answers to international water management issues and to increase political and public awareness of the importance of water management. In order to achieve these goals, KWF supports various research projects and initiates local and worldwide forums, workshops and symposiums to encourage national and international sharing of ideas and networking. Its flagship projects include: World Water Council, World Water Forum, Water Education Programs, Asia-Pacific Water Forum.