HANS BRINKER AND LADY LIBERTY MEET ON THE HUDSON
Four hundred years after 17th century explorer Henry Hudson dropped anchor in New York Harbor, a transatlantic water forum will explore the challenges of the 21st century. Dutch and American business, government, and policy decision makers will come together to share expertise at the H209 Forum, to be held at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ on September 9 and 10. While H209 will explore challenges and find solutions to water issues facing the New York/New Jersey region and The Netherlands, the solutions will also benefit coastal cities worldwide.
Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Cees Veerman, Chairman of the Dutch Delta Commission, will be featured speakers. Representatives from IBM, United Water, Arcadis, Nestle, Macquarie, American Water, DHV, Janney Montgomery Scott, American Society of Civil Engineers, and city, state and federal governments will take part. Participants will lay the groundwork for future transatlantic partnerships in all aspects of water management.
?H209 provides a unique opportunity for Dutch and American leaders to share their experiences and knowledge in dealing with critical water issues. As water is the most important global challenge of the 21st century, we must collaborate to find solutions,? said Angela Haines, Executive Director of Henry Hudson 400 New York.
H209 is organized by the Henry Hudson 400 Foundation in partnership with Liberty Science Center, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and Netherlands Water Partnership, through generous support from many sponsors.
The H209 Forum will focus on the critical role of collaborative public/private partnerships in protecting water quality and dealing with the effects of climate change. It will introduce the latest ideas in advanced technology and water systems management through case studies. With the growing privatization of water, the conference will highlight the economic opportunities in waterfront development, changing dynamics of ports, and job growth. To promote support for enlightened policy making, H209 will also present the latest behavioral research on how best to communicate with the public on water issues.
H209 will introduce the next generation of water professionals through a competition for undergraduate students from the NY/NJ region and The Netherlands. The three winners of the New Generation Competition, who have proposed innovative solutions to specific water issues facing coastal cities, will present their proposals at H209. They will then be awarded cash prizes and internships by the Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander at Hoopla on the Hudson: the H209 Future of Water gala, scheduled for September 9th in lower Manhattan.
For more information about H209 and registration for the forum, please visit http://www.henryhudson400.com/h209/index.php
Henry Hudson 400 New York and Amsterdam were created in 2006 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s legendary voyage for the Dutch to the Hudson River and New York. Besides celebrating the historic event with a series of special events in 2009, Henry Hudson 400 promotes future ties between these two great cities which are linked by their shared belief in the value of free, diverse, and entrepreneurial societies. www.henryhudson400.com
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