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Grant Opportunities: Call for Youth and Young Professional Representatives: Become One of the Next IWRA World Water Envoys

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Deadline: 31-Oct-22

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) is pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the World Water Envoys Programme.

The IWRA World Water Congress is the largest event linking water researchers and policy practitioners in the world. In its 18th edition since 1973, the theme of  “Water for All: Harmony between Humans and Nature.” The Congress aims to promote coordination and balance between the water needs of humans and nature. The Congress will facilitate knowledge and experience sharing, focusing on investigating the relationship between water, humans, and nature, identifying, and reconciling all water-related factors in a coordinated manner, and making and implementing water management strategies and polices using systematic approaches.

During the Congress, each World Water Envoy will have the opportunity to briefly introduce the difficulty in balancing the water needs of humans and nature in their community and the impacts those competing needs have on everyday life. They will then have the chance to discuss these issues and potential solutions in more detail over the following days with experts attending the Congress and in a dedicated workshop.

The collaboration between IWRA and the World Water Envoys will begin before the Congress. The months leading up to the Congress in September 2023 are also an opportunity for the Envoys to engage with each other and with IWRA and give them the opportunity to take part in related IWRA Task Forces and projects.


The World Water Envoys will be funded to come to Beijing, including:

  • One economy round-trip ticket to Beijing, China
  • Accommodation including breakfast from 10-15 September 2023
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip
  • Full registration to the Congress, including all lunches, and a ticket to the gala dinner
  • One-year free Gold membership to IWRA
Application Process
  • They would like to hear stories from youth and young professional representatives at the World Water Congress. In that regard, they invite people aged 18-35 from across the globe who are passionate about water resource management, to share their stories and work as they embark on their careers. IWRA especially encourages applications from developing countries, women and underrepresented groups.
  • To apply, candidates have to submit the following:
    • A video recording of up to 2 minutes made on a phone or laptop introducing the conflicting water needs of humans and nature in their community, explaining what the problem is, how it is impacting their community, and what solutions have been found or are being explored so far.
    • One high-resolution headshot of yourself with a clear background.
    • One high-resolution digital photo that best illustrates the impact of conflicting water needs of humans and nature in their community and/or the attempted solution. The candidate should be the author of the photo.
    • A completed application form, that includes all requested information, as well as consent for IWRA to use any submitted images.
    • The candidates should be between 18 and 35 years old and be able to talk about their situation in public and in English. It does not matter where the candidates come from, but their community must have conflicting water needs for both humans and nature, and they must be pursuing or have achieved a solution to harmonise these.

For more information, visit https://www.iwra.org/call-for-world-water-envoys2/

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