The 8th World Water Forum has received more than 74,000 people since Saturday (17). Companies, organizations and countries have taken care of the Expo and Fair pavilions, located at the Mané Garrincha National Stadium. Overall, 94 booths from 19 countries show what companies, organizations and countries have done for water.

The Fair, along with the Citizen Village and the Expo, occupy a covered area of a total of 36,000 m². "This space makes the Forum one of the three largest covered events ever held in the country," says Rodrigo Cordeiro, Director of Operations of the 8th World Water Forum.

More than generating business, participants were unanimous in saying that the largest event about water resources in the world has been important in promoting meetings, sharing good practices, solutions, exchanging experiences and building partnerships among countries, companies and international organizations. The main objective of the Forum is to join forces to achieve results that benefit all those involved.

For Maurício Ludovice, president of the Environmental Sanitation Company of the Federal District (Caesb), with a booth at the Fair and Expo, the interaction between companies is fundamental, as it is an occasion to learn and exchange a lot. "This is a large event, which allows to show the technologies developed, both in the water supply and in the sewage system, as well as helping to raise public awareness about water use", he said.

Countries

Japan, Korea, Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands, Morocco, Spain, Senegal, Palestine, Turkey, China, France, Tajikistan, Israel, England, Angola, Australia, South Africa and Tunisia are represented in the pavilions.

In relation to the sharing of good practices, some country stands attract attention, such as the French Partnership for Waters (PFE). The space, always crowded, promotes frequent talks aimed at exchanging experiences and solutions, as well as bringing the French experience in the water sector.

The Netherlands also landed on the Forum. Commemorating World Water Day, the country launched on Thursday (22), simultaneously in The Hague and the Expo, an international program of cooperation and investment in projects related to water issues, named Blue Deal. The idea is to encourage exchanges of knowledge and funding of initiatives in other countries, aimed at promoting innovation and improvements in the water, safety and sanitation sector.

Israel, even in the face of drought, shows that it is possible to supply agriculture, domestic and industrial use through technology. In 2021, Senegal, which is also in the Expo Pavilion, will host the 9th edition of the event whose theme will be "Water Security for Peace and Development".

The Forum, which occurs every three years, has already passed Marrakesh (Morocco, 1997), The Hague (Netherlands, 2000), Kyoto (Japan, 2003), Mexico City (Mexico, 2006), Istanbul (Turkey, 2009), Marseilles (France, 2012) and Gyeongju, and Daegu (South Korea, 2015). This is the first time the event happens in the southern hemisphere.

Fair

At the Fair, the public has free access and can dialog with participating companies, understanding what each one thinks and does for water. It is a showcase for products, services and solutions among companies, consumers, public organizations, society and those interested in the subject.

Funasa was one of the attending organizations. "Participation in the event is important because of the agreement that the Forum has with Funasa's actions in Brazil, and it enables people to become acquainted with the technologies that are crafted and developed by the company for the population in the water theme," said Ângela Costa, deputy director of the entity's Department of Environmental Health.

Some exhibitors were dedicated to promoting an interactive exchange with the public, arousing public curiosity. It is possible to visit the Itaipu Power Plant with virtual reality glasses and learn about water preservation at the São Paulo interactive booth, as well as participate in lectures and other programs that take place there.

The space also counts on the participation of important institutions such as Petrobras, Sabesp, Eletrobras, Fundação Banco do Brasil Foundation, Caixa Econômica Federal, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, BNDES, BRK Ambiental, among others.