The 2nd Hamburg Water Forum for the EMA Region

  • November 10, 2012 - November 12, 2012
  • Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Water is a core element for peace in many regions and its scarcity represents a global challenge, especially for the Arab countries. In view of the central significance of the set of problems concerning water for economy, society, environment and politics, the EMA has developed different forums to address the issues concerning this topic and to find common and practical solutions. In light of this and as a result of a highly successful Water Forum in 2010 as well as the equally successful Environment Forum for the EMA Region in 2011, the EMA has established itself as the leading association for the promotion of German-Arab cooperation in the sectors of water, environment/-al technologies and renewable energies. Currently, the EMA is organizing the 2nd Hamburg Water Forum for September 2012.

The 2nd Hamburg Water Forum for the EMA Region

“Making from water every living thing”

Under the patronage of HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

and the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Peter Altmaier

September 10th -12th 2012

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

The forum links top-class political and economic representatives of the entire EMA Region. As the biggest EMA event of the year, the forum thus receivea large media coverage and attract several hundreds of participants from Germany, Europe and the whole Arab region.

The three-day forum take place in all available conference halls at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and offer exhibition space on the trading floor. Furthermore, company visits, the organisation of individual B2B meetings, a Gala dinner and a town hall reception are organized.

Please find all relevant, up-to-date information on the following websites.

At this point the EMA would like to thank sincerely its partners and sponsors which helped making “The 2nd Hamburg Water Forum for the EMA-Region” unique and to finish this event successfully.
Thank you very much indeed!

Premium Sponsor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Arabische Koordinationsbüro (Arab Coordination Bureau, BCA) have been working in cooperation with the German-Jordanian University (GJU) and the Goethe-Institute since 2008 to create the online dictionary ARABTERM. It is intended as a regional project by the German Federal Ministry for Econmic Cooperation and Development and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation. Find out more under


Premium Sponsor: ItN Nanovation AG

Headquartered in Saarbrücken, ItN Nanovation AG is one of the world’s leading nanotechnlogy companies. It develops trendsetting ceramic filter systems and industrial coatings. NANOPORE filter systems are used for example for drinking water treatment, waste water cleaning and in the beverage industry. ItN Nanovation AG holds a large number of patents, for example for a process for the fabrication of nano-sized powder.


Premium Sponsor: Voigtlaender GmbH

Voigtlaender develops the next generation of water treatment technology that compels through unrivaled efficiency concerning costs, capacity, economy and ecology at a global standard. Over the years the undertaken innovations resulted in the CME� (Cell Membrane Electrolysis) technology, which is a non-toxic and environmentally safe method in all respects of water disinfection for drinking water, agriculture and industry.


Premium Sponsor: B & T Solutions-HUB 4 Water Processing Technologies GmbH

BT Solutions-HUB 4 Water Processing Technologies GmbH, a member of the Baumann Group of Companies, designs and develops the latest in Water Treatment technologies � the �EcoWater Treatment Plant� � highly efficient, cost-effective and portable! The plant is developed, manufactured and marketed all within the Baumann Group. The technology is based on the principles of �electrochemical’ treatment of water, followed by filtration using special filters and finally tertiary treatment and particle filtering techniques. There’s no use of chemicals, it is suited for all kinds of water, very efficient and has a very low power consumption.


Sponsor: Bosch Rexroth

The Bosch subsidiary Rexroth is a world-leading specialist for propulsion and controlling systems. Solutions for propelling, steering and moving vehicles are developed under and sold in over 80 countries this brand. Also known as “The Drive & Control Company”, it sells components and systems in the technology fields electric propulsion and steering, industrial and mobile hydraulics, linear motion technology, assembly technology and pneumatics.


Sponsor: Wehrle Umwelt GmbH

The company, which emerged from the WEHRLE-WERK AG in 2002, is active in the field of energy and environmental technology. WEHRLE Umwelt now offers all-round solutions for the construction and operation of waste water recycling facilities, from concept design to maintenance. The company holds a large number of patents and leads the market for dry membrane bio-reactors and therefore is a highly valued partner for example in cooperation with Saudi Arabia.


Sponsor: GSE Environmental Inc.

GSE Lining Technology, based in Houston (TX), USA, is the world leader for the production of geo-synthetic materials. Geomemebranes made of PEHD, LLDPE and fPP, drainage sheets, concrete protection slabs, smectite mats and geo-synthetic materials are produced on 5 continents. Areas of application: Canals, water reservoirs, solid waste and industrial waste dumps and watertight sealing.


Sponsor: aTs Umwelttechnik GmbH

aTs Abwassertechnik Service- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH is a medium enterprise, specialised in environmental, water and wastewater analysis and measuring technology. For over 34 years, aTs has offered comprehensive know-how and high quality products with competent planning, consulting and training. aTs is active on the German market and increasingly on foreign markets as well.


Sponsor: MAXX GmbH

MAXX GmbH is a production company active in the areas of development, production, sale and service. For over 20 years, MAXX is the technological market leader for automatic sampling systems and measuring stations for water, waste water and surface water. The company focuses specifically on tailored solutions for its clients and is certified according to ISO 9001:2008.


Sponsor: Stulz-Planaqua

STULZPLAN-AQUA GmbH, which is part of SH+E Group, offers comprehensive solutions for water and waste water facilities, from planning and development to construction. The company benefits from its vast experience and its national and international contacts. It has many international branches, for example in Turkey and currently has a number of projects in the Arab region, for example the construction of a large sewage treatment plant for the Palestinian Water Authority in Northern Gaza.


Sponsor: Aquafides Schweiz AG

Founded in 2008 by enthusiastic UVC-disinfection specialists, the target of Aquafides was and still is to produce small sized UV drinking water disinfection systems with high efficiency and certified as to OeVGW, DVGW and SVGW. In parallel, a subsidiary, UVC-light GmbH Germany, has been founded in order to produce high performance UVC-lamps. In 2010, Aquafides joined the Katadyn Group Switzerland. Since then, Aquafides Schweiz AG has been producing and marketing UV-systems in addition to the well known Katadyn-products �Electro Katadyn�, a silver-ioniser for water-treatment, and the multifilter �MF�, ceramic filter-systems, using Katadyns ceramic-filter-inserts.


Sponsor: SEBA Hydrometrie GmbH & Co. KG

As an internationally positioned company, SEBA-Hydrometrie has been designing, developing and producing highly sophisticated monitoring systems for applications in the water industry (ground-/surface-water, water quality, discharge measurement, meteorology and sewage) for over 45 years! With more than 90 employees and 100 agents worldwide, highly-precise and rugged mobile/stationary monitoring equipment is successfully distributed to and operating under all climate conditions in over 140 countries.


Sponsor: OTT Hydromet GmbH

OTT Hydromet is a leading global supplier of complete hydrometric systems with subsidiaries and representatives in more than 90 countries worldwide. With its solutions from quantitative and qualitative hydrology, meteorology and data management, OTT Hydromet has a complete product portfolio at its command � one that stands out with its distinctive system character and is completed with expert advice, intensive training and on-site service program.


Sponsor: ecoBETA UG & Co. KG

ecoBETA was founded in Denmark in 1999. Realizing the need to reduce water consumption due to increasing water tariffs and concern for the environment, eco BETA specializes in the design and manufacturing of retrofit interruptible WC technology. ecoBETA’s award-winning proprietary solutions are capable of reducing WC water usage by up to 50% across all commercially available cistern flushing systems currently installed worldwide. In addition ecoBETA supplies a wide range of dedicated water saving devices for use in all consumer applications such as tap aerators, reduced flow showerheads and more as well as advisory functions.


Sponsor: Hamburg Wasser

Hamburg Wasser is Germanys biggest communal drinking water supply and wastewater disposal company. With more than 2,400 employees, it is responsible for all water needs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and its neighboring communities, in total about 2 million people. By unifying the two separate companies (for water supply and disposal) under one roof in 2006 it provides more efficient and sustainable solutions.


Sponsor: Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT)

The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences aims to enable people of various technical and cultural backgrounds to better solve the complex issues related to environmental problems with an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach at the graduate and postgraduate level. Studying at the ITT does not only mean achieving a master’s degree, but going beyond one’s professional and personal borders. In particular for bilateral projects between Germany and Arab countries there is a need for experts who are skilled in intercultural communication, being familiar with the culture, language and politics of both sides. The MSc IWRM has the objective to equip such experts with the necessary knowledge and skills and to promote the concept of IWRM in the context of German-Arab cooperation.


Sponsor: IWRM

The IWRM Karlsruhe congress -launched in 2010- and its accompanying exhibition, aims to bundle the international know-how and hands-on expertise on the topic Integrated Water Resources Management. From 21st-22nd November 2012 IWRM Karlsruhe brings together international researchers, decision makers and users from the water industry and thereby creates the ideal link between science, politics and practical application. Without marginalizing the technical-scientific topics of IWRM this edition focuses on the competition when using limited water.


Sponsor: Wilo SE

WILO SE, with its headquarters in Dortmund, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pumps and pump systems for heating, air-conditioning and cooling technology, for water supply and for sewage disposal and treatment. Founded in 1872 as Kupfer- und Messingwarenfabrik by Louis Opländer, the company now has over 6,700 employees and almost 70 subsidiaries worldwide. WILO pumps and water management systems set the benchmarks in terms of efficiency and technical performance: with reliable solutions.


Sponsor: Huber Kartographie

Huber Kartographie was founded in 1969 by Franz Huber. The business activities go far beyond traditional mapping: the collection, migration and processing of spatial information, as well as their implementation in GIS systems is only one main emphasis. Within our Local Information System (LIS) the Geo-Data builds the backbone for sustainable regional development projects. In this adaptive System the Life Cycles of projects and their long term maintenance are included from the start.


Partner: haji GmbH

Haji GmbH is a company from Hamburg, founded and directed by Iranian-born Ali Eghbal and his German partner from Düsseldorf, Gregor von Endt. It is the company’s aim to bottle water from the UNESCO biosphere reserve Rhön according to an aesthetic concept bridging nations and religions. This concept has earned the company the Reddot Design Award 2010 for it’s water bottle. Apart from the natural still mineral haji water still and the sparkling haji water classic, the haji GmbH offers haji cola, made from spring water (and thus free of phosphoric acid), sweetened with natural date syrup and fructose.


Partner: CONSULAQUA Hamburg Beratungsgesellschaft mbH

Consulaqua is a subsidiary of Hamburg Wasser (established in 1980), and to keep focus of the latter completely on the operation and management of Hamburg’s water supply systems, it is responsible for external consulting and operation support services. The company works together closely with Hamburg Wasser and can draw from their knowledge and resources. The four main fields of activity of Consulaqua are water resources management, water supply, wastewater management and operation and management support.

At this point the EMA would like to thank sincerely its partners and sponsors which helped making “The 2nd Hamburg Water Forum for the EMA-Region” unique and to finish this event successfully.
Thank you very much indeed!

Two years after its inception, the 2nd Hamburg Water Forum for the EMA Region was held once again in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce from September 10th to 12th, As in 2010 the EMA brought together many high-ranking political, economic and scientific representatives from North Africa, the Middle East and Germany for a stimulating exchange of knowledge and expertise.

For the EMA’s biggest event of the year, H.R.H. Prince Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety had assumed the patronage many months previous.

“In 15 countries in the EMA region the future water supply is particularly endangered”, H.E. Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, president of the Arab Water Council, illustrated the drastic situation of the Middle East which ranges among the water-poorest regions in the world and thus suffers most severely from global climate change.

In light of this challenge, many of the participants emphasized the great importance of transnational cooperation. Equally, the Second Mayor of Hamburg and Senator of the Authority for Science and Research, Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, stressed that “a good network is half the solution”. A major aim of the forum was thus to establish and strengthen relations between Arab and German companies and institutions in order to jointly work for an improvement of the situation.

Water management in urban and rural areas, water as a source of innovative energy, waste water treatment and disposal, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and – last but not least – Arab-German cooperation for global peace and prosperity were this year´s focus topics. In the framework of eight panels and three workshops the forum offered ample opportunity to lecture on and discuss these as well as related issues.

Beyond this, the EMA registered with pleasure the lively interest in the exhibition which took place this year for the first time in the “Börsensaal”. In total, 22 German small and medium-sized companies, utility providers, NGOs and universities presented themselves and contributed thus to the success of the 2nd Hamburg Water Forum: In-depth conversations were conducted, contacts established and future cooperation arranged. As a representative of the World Bank commented: “The EMA brought together the right people at the right time and place”.

With a visit to the sludge incineration plant VERA which was organized in cooperation with Hamburg Wasser, the forum reached its close. To its numerous participants the framework program provided practical insight in the utilization of sewage waste for the generation of energy.

“Having attended this forum, allows me to be optimistic about the future” was the conclusion of the Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, H.E. Mohammed Al Najjar, pointing to the many animated conversations and knowledge transfer initiated by the 2nd Hamburg Water Forum for the EMA Region. However, talking is not enough, stressed Prof. Dr. Horst H. Siedentopf, president of the EMA, in closing and thus affirmed the continuation and completion of the initiated projects as well as the implementation of new approaches for sustainable solutions.

September 10th, 2012

10.00 a.m. Words of  Welcome
11.45 a.m. Panel 1: German-Arab Cooperation in the Water Sector for Global Peace and Prosperity
02.15 p.m. Panel 2: Urban Water Management
Panel 3: Rural Water Management
04.15 p.m. Panel 4: Water as a Source for Innovative Energy
Panel 5: Water for the Supply Chain – Water in Agriculture

September 11th, 2012

09.30 a.m. Panel 1: Depollution and Further Challenges of the Maritime Sector
Workshop: “ Facilitating Knowledge Transfer”
11.30 a.m. Panel 2: Water Loss Reduction and Saving Mechanisms
Workshop: “Overview of Water Laws in the EMA Region”
02:00 p.m. Panel 3: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
Workshop: “Financial Incentives for German-Arab Water Cooperation”

September 12th, 2012

09.30 a.m. – 12.30. p.m. Framework Program
H. E. Eng. Mohammad Al Najjar
Minister of Water and Irrigation, Jordan”My attendance allows me to be optimistic about the future.”
Hussein Abaza
Chairman of Community & Environmental Development Society, Egypt

“I was very glad to take part in this very interesting meeting, which was quite an enriching experience for me. I find the quality of presentations of a very high quality and the meeting organized in a very professional manner. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your team for a very successful meeting.”
Finnbogi Baldvinsson
CEO Catana GmbH

“The forum was organized in a very good manner, the level of the speakers was extraordinary good, the conversations apart from the presentations were interesting and exciting. All in all it was a very successful event which I like to participate again.”

Dr Christian Steinhausen
CEO SolarWaterWorld

“The subject of water in its importance for international cooperation, social development and peacekeeping cannot be overvalued.
I thank the organisers of the forum for their big dedication. In the coming years we wish the EMA further increasing support from representatives of politics and economics.”

Volker Bischoff
General Manager/Vice President, Robert Bosch Middle East FZE

“From our side, we would like to thank you and your colleagues for the excellent organization of the event and for your support related to our exhibition items. Much appreciated. All the best!”

World Bank

“The EMA brought together the right people at the right time and place.”

Arda Isildar
GFA Consulting

“I participated the EMA forum on 11 September. It was an informative and memorable experience to take part at the speeches.”

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