NSW Water Minister leads delegation to Israel

November 14, 2009 by Michal Marmary
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Phillip Costa, the New South Wales Minister for Water, will lead a delegation to Israel next week to participate in WATEC 09.

Phillip Costa

Phillip Costa

WATEC 09 will bring together top Israeli and international business executives, politicians, decision makers, and leading researchers, to foster substantive debates and insights on the key issues facing the world’s water and ecological systems.

The unique exhibit will present state of the art Israeli technological innovations in the fields of water, alternative energy, and environmental quality. Among the companies presenting during the exhibit are those that have been recently appropriated by large international consortiums, others that have shown impressive success in penetrating worldwide markets, and young innovative companies.

The conference and exhibit will serve host to 120 delegations from 50 nations participating in the event. The Australian Delegation will be lead by his Hon Phil Costa MP, NSW Minister of water, accompanied by leading academics, business-people and investors.

The issues of water and environmental technologies are gaining an increasingly central place in the world’s consciousness and economy. Approximately 2 billion people around the world either lack access to sufficient quantities of water, or are supplied with water unfit for drinking. This shortage is expected to worsen in the near future due to the rise of world’s population and the redistribution of water resources among the world’s regions, one of the many negative by-products of global warming.

This has resulted in a boost in the development of new, innovative technologies for alleviating these and other ecological problems

Having coped with decades of water shortages the State of Israel has gained tremendous experience in developing unique solutions for issues such as intelligent water resource management, irrigation technologies, water quality, waste purification, wastewater restoration, and salinization. Israel with its innovative and vibrant industry has become a major player in these fields.

The skills and energy of Israeli hi-tech is presently being directed to these fields, thereby promoting an annual growth rate this year in the sector of water technologies of over 25%.

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