MARSEILLE, France 3/9/12 (PennWell) -- The International Hydropower Association will join forces with several international organizations to address "Harmonizing Water and Energy" at the 6th World Water Forum.
Joining IHA will be the International Water Association (IWA), World Business Council on Sustainable Development, World Energy Council, and EDF Energy.
The event runs March 12-17, 2012, in Marseilles, France, and strives to "open its activities to the entire water stakeholders of the political arena and of the civil society."
IHA says the 11 World Water Forum sessions that focus on "Harmonizing Water and Energy" will be hosted by these partner organizations.
Themes included in these sessions are:
-- Increasing urban water service energy efficiency and developing wastewater as an energy resource
-- Increasing energy efficiency in desalination
-- Providing water for energy services and energy services for water in remote off-grid communities
-- Increasing scientific understanding of the energy impacts on water by contributing to the conceptual evaluation framework being launched at the forum
-- A commitment to increasing awareness and the promotion of existing tools for advancing hydropower sustainability
-- Increasing scientific understanding of water management in the oil and gas sector
-- Increasing scientific understanding of water management in the biofuel sector
-- Becoming observers to the Water-Energy Policy Network that will be launched at the forum
The World Water Forum has been held every three years since 1997. IHA says this year's event will feature 140 ministerial delegations, 800 speakers, non-governmental officials, and public and private sector representatives.
IHA recently emphasized some of the same themes at the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) in Durban, South Africa.