Theme 04

Expanding International Cooperation and Capacity Building

The issue of capacity in the water sector is an essential crosscutting topic. In the face of complex issues to be solved, it is necessary to strengthen education, training, awareness and stimulate the creation of learning international networks, thus accelerating the implementation of best practices in the sector.

It is possible to raise awareness of how to improve water and sanitation by strengthening education.

The theme also includes the importance of science and technology in solving water problems, applying cutting-edge solutions and disseminating environmental data, including guidance on the use of these materials in the implementation and development of public policies.

Professional training, dissemination of science and technology and integration with public policies, development and experiences exchange between different countries are key points in the pursuit for solutions to water problems and the reach of the SDGs.

The theme highlights the importance of building capacity for setting up integrated smart monitoring systems, including systems adapted to monitoring indicators for SDG targets. This, combined with other actions, may assist in the implementation of the ‘water target’ SDG-6. (international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries), linked to the SDG-4 (education) and the SDG-17 (means of implementation).


Álvaro Diogo


A technologist in Hydraulics and Environmental Sanitation at the Faculty of Technology of São Paulo (2012), he holds a Master´s degree in Management and Technology in Production Systems at the State Center for Technological Education Paula Souza (2017). He has participated as secretary of the Special Studies Committee 077 of ABNT, which reviewed ABNT NBR 15.527. He currently coordinates the Young Sanitation Professionals Program (JPS) of the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (ABES) and is a representative on the board of directors of ABES São Paulo. He i also a member of the editorial board of Bio Magazine, published by ABES. He coordinates the Organizing Committee for the Stockholm Youth Water Award in Brazil. He works as a budget specialist at Acqualimp. He also has experience with technological education in hydraulics, with urban drainage projects, use of rainwater, treatment of effluents, water reuse and hydraulic-building installations.


Ana Silvia Pereira Santos


Ana is a civil engineer graduated (2003) from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). She holds a Master´s Degree (2005) and a Doctorate (2010) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE / UFRJ). She is a professor in the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (DESMA/UERJ) and a permanent member of the Professional Master's Program in Environmental Engineering (PEAMB) and the Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering (DEAMB) at UERJ. She works on topics related to sewage treatment, pollution control of water bodies and more specifically with reused water. She is currently in a PhD internship at the University of Minho/Portugal.


Mamohloding Tlhagale

Comissão de Pesquisa em Água – África do Sul

Dr Mamohloding Tlhagale is the Head of International and Stakeholder Engagement at the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa with the broad responsibility of driving the WRC International and Stakeholder Engagement Strategies ensuring integration and value add in the WRC business. The portfolio includes profiling and positioning of the WRC as a key knowledge an innovations partner for water and sanitation research, development and innovation (RDI), WRC engagements with water sector stakeholders to identify their RDI needs, promote joint learning and find innovative solutions. Prior to joining the WRC, Dr Tlhagale was the Director for Strategic Partnerships at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) where her role was to establish strategic partnerships and leverage international resources to strengthen South Africa’s science and technology capacities. Before her career took a turn to international relations and strategic partnerships, Dr Tlhagale practiced as a Medical Scientist and lectured at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Dr Tlhagale is an adjudicator for the South African Technology Top 100 (TT100) awards since 2014 recognising South African innovation excellence.


Maria Fernanda Garrubo Bentubo


A technologist in Hydraulics and Environmental Sanitation at the Faculty of Technology of São Paulo - Fatec-SP (2016), post-graduated in Environmental Management from Senac (2019). She has experience with inspection of works, water and sewage projects and geoprocessing. She is currently a professional at Fundação Centro Tecnológico de
Hydraulics (FCTH), working with the Dam Safety Plan of the Department of
Water Resources of the Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo
(Sabesp). She coordinates the Young Sanitation Professionals Program of the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering in the São Paulo Section (JPS-SP).


Marina Roque


Marian is a environmental and urban engineer, bachelor of Science and Technology from the Federal University of ABC (UFABC) and a post-graduate student in Project Management from ESALQ-USP. She currently works as an environmental consultant at InifinityTech Engenharia e Meio Ambiente in the area of ​​water conservation. She participates in the Organizing Committee for the Stockholm Youth Water Award in Brazil and in 2019 she participated in the coordination of the rapporteur of the 30th Brazilian Congress of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering. In 2014, she participated in the Science without Borders Program at the University of Guelph (Canada), where she studied Environmental Engineering and worked as a research assistant in the area of ​​contamination and water management.

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