Monica Garcia Quesada
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Developing Smart Cities is a promising aspiration to deal with the many challenges that cities face today. The use of information and communications technologies and robotics has been seen to provide support to deal with trends such as population growth, climate change and urbanisation. As a result of this focus, standards and indicators to measure smart urban development have been adopted, particularly in the context of “Sustainable Cities and Communities” according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
However, while smart development has been examined in sectors such as communication, energy, transportation, disasters prevention, etc., the water sector has figured insufficiently in the definition of a Smart City, despite the importance of water for urban development. As a result, limitations exist as to how to examine smart development in the management of urban water resources and water services provision.
K-water, IWRA and AWC have joined forces to develop a global standard framework, KPIs and a certification scheme to measure and compare Smart Water Cities around the world. This Session will examine the challenges to define and to measure smart urban development and will present their collaborative research project “Smart Water Cities”.
This session will provide an excellent chance for an open discussion about how best to define and to measure smart urban development in general, and in the water sector in particular. Attendees will be invited to discuss these concepts and their limitations, and how developing KPIs and certification schemes may help to provide guidance and direction for policy makers worldwide. The presentations and Q&A session will serve to provide feedback for the SWC project and will be fed into the research being produced by IWRA, AWC and K-Water.
In particular, the event has the following objectives: