An Amsterdam Agreement (AA) is a formal commitment created between multiple parties within the water sectors during the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW). The AIWW global movement brings together international experts from cities, industries and utilities worldwide with connected sectors to find integrated solutions. The aim of an AA is to tackle water-related issues through collaboration, cooperation and knowledge-sharing beyond the AIWW. In other words, an AA is a tool to help implement policy into practice that stimulates and supports turning words into concrete actions. These actions should be integrated, demonstrable, concrete and measurable, generating breakthroughs in current water issues. Lastly, each Amsterdam Agreement needs to align with at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to foster the progress towards the 2030 Global Agenda.
Amsterdam Agreement: Smart Blue-Green Rooftops
Citizens in urban areas face increased stress from extreme rainfall and heat. Dynamic rainwater buffers in blue-green roof systems can this stress. Pouring rain is collected, and the vegetation produces oxygen for the city. RESILIO will realize 8.000 m2 of smart blue-green roof systems on social housing complexes in 5 Amsterdam neighborhoods and an additional 2.000 m2 for private house owners, subsidized by a grant scheme of the City of Amsterdam.
The goal of the Amsterdam Agreement Smart Blue-Green Rooftops is to create partnerships with other international cities in order to actively learn from each other and achieve sustainable collaboration. The aim of the Smart Blue-Green Rooftops agreement is to exchange and share knowledge on smart dynamic micro-level water management in cities and improve and strengthen the governance of innovative climate-adaptive blue-green infrastructure solutions.
Amsterdam Agreement: Drinkable Rivers
Drinkable Rivers mobilizes people in watersheds to care for their rivers. They engage with government officials, educate children and undertake research with citizens. The network ‘Mayors for Drinkable Rivers’ learns and works towards Drinkable Rivers. The mayors have signed a declaration and the municipalities have agreed to work together to improve the water quality of the Meuse with the common long term vision of a Drinkable Meuse.
Amsterdam Agreement: Values-Based Action
Water is a source of life, a symbol of purity but also a threatening force of nature that humans have to struggle with. Since time immemorial and across the globe this ambiguous relationship with water has resonated in religious narratives and technological innovations alike. The aim of the Amsterdam Agreement Values-Based Action is to bring together narratives and innovations and with the integral approach deliver concrete collaborations and actions. The collaboration of the Watersymposium and the AIWW strengthens relationships between the universities of Amsterdam, Jakarta and CapeTown and is the basis for a longterm relationship together with governments, religions, companies and the financial sector.
Amsterdam Utility Agreement
The Amsterdam Utility Agreement is a community of practice composed by lead utilities in Berlin (BWB), Paris (SIAAP), Amsterdam (Waternet), New York City (NYCDEP) and Singapore (PUB). The purpose of this community is to foster knowledge, innovation, expertise and experience exchange on a wide range of water-related challenges with the aim of finding sustainable solutions. Ultimately, the essence of this community is the idea of collaborative learning, meaning that all partners involved can learn and benefit from working together by learning from each other’s strengths, know-how as well as shortcomings.