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About WCI

1. Welcome Message

Welcome to the homepage of the Water and Future City Institute!

The Water and Future City Institute is a follow-up corporation to successfully take over a domestic and international network established through the 2012 World Water Congress & Exhibition, which was held here in Busan as one of the most successful events. The Institute is founded to play a role as a platform in addressing the world's water problems.

In the 21st century, the sustainable life on the earth is being heavily threatened by the climate change, which leads to serious problems; Food, Energy and Water (FEW) crisis. Among them, in particular, the water crisis is directly related to human lives. In reality, more than 1.1 billion people in the world don't have access to a safe and clean drinking water. To make the situation worse, the climate change causes abnormal weather events including more frequent and severer drought and flood, and the rapid urbanization and industrialization brings about more demands on water resources. The situation is expected to aggravate the water crisis in the future.

On the other hand, the global water crisis is creating a dramatic growth in the water industry to effectively secure water resources and supply clean water. The water industry covers various fields such as water and sewage, water resources management and water recycling, which is related to the production and supply of water to meet the demand. The market size was about 486 billion US Dollars in 2010 (Global Water Market, 2011), and it is projected to reach 1 trillion 407 billion US dollars in 2025. That's why the government, water-related domestic companies and experts groups have to cooperate to establish effective networks for the world's market.

The Water and Future City Institute has focused on expanding networks with domestic and international organizations through the 2012 World Water Congress & Exhibition and strengthening R&D capacity of experts groups. In this context, the Institute will play a pivotal role in helping water-related domestic companies enter overseas markets and providing solutions for the global water problems. The business we plan to carry out is as follows:

  • Developing water-related policies and businesses to promote the water industry through domestic and international networks
  • Consulting to enhance technical capabilities of domestic water companies
  • Building foundation to develop a global water R&D center and discovering a related business
  • Establishing a global network in the water field and providing solutions to address the water problems through the Busan Global Water Forum

Finally, I sincerely ask you to show your interest and support in the Institute's efforts to address the global water problems and develop the domestic water industry. Thank you very much.

Hwang In-seong, President of the Water and Future City Institute's sign

Hwang In-seong
President of the Water and Future City Institute

2. Overview

Overview
Name Water and Future City Institute (WCI)
Headquarters 6F Busan Water Authority Building, #955 Jungangdae-ro Jin-gu, Busan 614-854, KOREA
Secretariat Room No. 510, Samsung University-industry Cooperating Building, Pusan National University, Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735, KOREA
Nature A non-profit corporation for the follow-up business of the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress and Exhibition (IWA WWC) held in Busan

3. History

History
May, 2013 Founded the Water and Future City Institute (WCI)
April, 2013 Held the inaugural general meeting of the WCI
January, 2013 Launched a preparatory committee to establish a follow-up corporation after the Korean Organizing Committee (KOC) of the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition
December, 2012 Dispersed the organizing committee of the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition
November, 2012 Held the dispersal general meeting of the organizing committee of the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition
September, 2012 Held the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition in Busan
March, 2011 Held the inaugural ceremony of the organizing committee of the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition
November, 2010 Held the inaugural general meeting of the organizing committee of the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition
May, 2008 Formed a preparatory committee for the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition
October, 2007 Decided Busan as a venue for the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition
December, 2006 Formed a bid committee for the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition
April, 2006 Organized a task force to attract the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition

4. Goals and Vision

To proceed with the follow-up business of the 2012 International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition

To establish a domestic and international network and promote its invigoration among international organizations, government authorities, academic and industrial world in the water and environment field

To provide support in attracting and operating the regional office in the Northeast Asia of the IWA
⇒ To make the WCI the water and environmental hub of a global network in the Northeast Asia

5. Major Tasks

Implementing research activities and related business to promote the Korean water industry with networks among international organizations, government authorities, academia and industries

Encouraging a consulting business to enhance a technical capacity of water-related industries in Korea

Helping in working as a global R&D center and discovering a related business

Performing a role in establishing a domestic and international network with academia, industries and organizations in the water and environment field

Organizing the Busan Global Water Forum and providing a regional and global water solution