Israel, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of water technology: WATEC 2009, an international conference to be held in Tel-Aviv from November 17-19, will feature an international problem-solving forum for water, energy, and environmental technology issues. Country-featured panel discussions will highlight the challenges facing individual countries from throughout the world and propose practical solutions.

 WATEC 2009-Crisis as the Catalyst for a Sustainable Economy

 

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The realities of today’s global economic crisis, declining ecological situation, and tenuous international political climate create both serious challenges and great opportunities for optimal resource utilization. To thrive in the earth’s resource-limited environment and ensure long-term sustainability will require a dramatic shift from the current approach. Effective resource management and development solutions that have minimal ecological impact and are financially viable can be comprehensive and balanced strategies to address inevitable resource constraints.

In this context, WATEC 2009 makes crisis the catalyst for technological innovation, policy change, and optimal resource utilization. The conference introduces international successes and promising advancements for sustainable development, focusing on recent achievements and emerging solutions for the coming years.

With environmental technology and water development approaches transitioning toward strategic infrastructure instead of more infrastructure, the conference will feature pressing sustainable-economy issues, including preventing water loss, energy-minimization alternatives, and supplying water to constituents from a global perspective.

WATEC 2009 will feature an international problem-solving forum for water, energy, and environmental technology issues; country-featured panel discussions will highlight the challenges facing individual countries from throughout the world and propose practical solutions.

WATEC 2009 is expected to engage, enlighten, and inspire – to be a pivotal juncture for governmental officials; water and envirotech experts; private sector professionals; and academics – as leaders create the era for a sustainable economy.

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Cleantech: Israel one of top 20 cleantech countries October 9, 2009 by Shawn Lesser):

Israel, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of water technology, is fast becoming the cleantech incubator to the world (see Israel to export $2.5B in water technologies by 2011). Israel recycles 75 percent of its wastewater, invented drip irrigation, and is home to the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant (see Israel plans largest desal plant in $513M deal). Israel certainly isn’t the world’s biggest cleantech market, but it might just be one of the world’s most important centers of cleantech innovation and R&D, with innovative companies such as CellEra, Aqwise, and Emefcy. Better Place is also making Israel the first test-market for a nationwide electric vehicle recharge network (see Electric cars are coming to Israel). Leading Israeli VCs include Israel Cleantech, Aqua Argo Fund and Terra Ventures.