18 Mar 2016

World Water Day 2016: Better water, better jobs

Almost 1.5 billion people – that’s half of the world’s working population – are employed in water-related sectors today.

 This year’s theme for World Water Day, ‘Water and Jobs’ focuses on that – employment – and how water quality and enough quantity can impact livelihoods and possibly even transform lives, in societies and economies all over the world.

World Water Day is an international observance every 22nd of March and an opportunity for us to rethink the ways we use and look at water. It is held annually to give focus to the importance of freshwater sanitation and sustainable management of our precious water resources.

At DHI, our projects, solutions and activities contribute directly to creating sustainable jobs and improving livelihoods in communities all over the world. In Africa, we were awarded a flagship project on monitoring and evaluation of water and sanitation in Africa. Titled ‘The Establishment of Monitoring and Reporting System for the Water Sector in Africa’, the project will be implemented by end-2016 and aims to establish a monitoring and evaluation system for all of Africa’s progress in the water sector.

In Thailand, we hosted the flood and drought symposium at the United Nations Convention Centre to discuss methods and tools for impact-reduction – directly relieving devastating impacts to jobs and communities when disaster strikes.

In the area of water modelling technologies, our professional software – MIKE Powered by DHI – spanning areas of applications such as Cities, Coast and sea, Groundwater and porous media, Water resources as well as Data management, decision support and operational forecasting, have made knowledge of water environments accessible to water professionals for more than 25 years.

THE ACADEMY by DHI – our training arm – supports you in capacity-building in your region and in your language, so you can focus on the important things – excelling in what you do for the benefit of all.

This year’s theme for World Water Day – ‘Water and Jobs’ – focuses on how water quality and enough
 quantity can impact livelihoods in different water sectors around the globe. © Shutterstock / Avatar_023