Dear Sir or Madam,

The European Green Deal is clear: the European Union has committed to meet the targets for achieving climate neutrality by 2050. As part of this committment, the 8th Environment Action Programme designed to help shape and implement environmental and climate policies by 2030 includes water in two of its six priorities, i.e. a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment; and protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity. We have a demanding task ahead of us. The facts speak clearly, the programmes are straightforward and leave no room for doubt, which gives rise to the following questions: Does water only have an economic value or have we already started viewing it as a social value? Have we managed to give meaning to its social value yet? Do we know how to assess our water footprint? Have we created the right programmes, harmonized them, and communicated them to the public appropriately and in time?

At this year’s edition of Water Days we are going to take a look at current developments in Slovenia through the lens of water as a value, presenting facts, experiences so far, and best practices in all of the areas of water management, such as water in natural habitats, water resources and drinking water, and wastewater treatment. Since all the areas are closely interlinked, ineffective functioning of or bad co-ordination in one of the areas may have a negative impact on the functioning of another water system. Just like every year, we have invited recognized Slovenian experts and distinguished experts from abroad to participate at the Symposium, which this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Slovenian Association for Water Protection. Together with them we are going to debate and exchange opinions at round tables, further our knowledge, analyse the state of waters in Slovenia and form suggestions to contribute to the improvement of the current status of water environment.

Join us at the Water Days Symposium to engage in valuing water from all the perspectives using curated and topical content. Climate neutrality can be achieved only through the will for change and a joint effort from all people, in which experts involved in water protection play an especially important role.

You are cordially invited to attend the Water Days Symposium on 7 and 8 October 2021 at Rimske Toplice in person or online.

2021 Water Days Programme Committee