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 FWF built a consortium for implementing the Finnish Water Safety Model in Vietnam.

A delegation from Ministry of Construction of Vietnam, responsible for urban water supply, visited FWF in Finland in 2015. As a part of the visit, Finnish Water Safety Model was introduced to them by Ministry of Health of Finland.

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The model had a positive reception and cooperation for its implementation begun. Finnish Water Safety Model is based on a risk management software tool assessing and compiling all risks and their relevance in the whole water supply chain, from source to tap and tap to source. When implemented nationally, it provides reliable and consistent information for the utility management, but also regional and national authorities working with investments and policies of water supply infrastructure and drinking water quality. Water safety approach enables limited resources to be used efficiently by directing investments to the most urgent needs.

FWF built a consortium of its members for implementing the Finnish Water Safety Model in Vietnam. Vesiotec, the software company behind the WSP tool, was the basis of a consortium of more than 10 Finnish water sector companies providing the needed expertise for implementation. Project preparation work was supported by Finnish Tekes Innovation Fund. During the preparations, FWF also signed a MoU with Ministry of Construction for supporting the development of water safety in Vietnam.

Finnish WSP software will be implemented to urban water utilities in Vietnam. Consortium of water safety professionals supports the utilities in identifying and assessing the risks, defining needed actions and identifying suitable technology.

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FWF built a consortium for modernization of water supply management in a rapidly developing country.

FWF facilitates a constant discussion with different partners on how to bring Finnish expertise to meet development needs around the world. This is the foundation for us to identify the opportunities for cooperation that are beneficial and bankable for all partners.

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This type of opportunity was identified with Ramboll and our local partners in 2017. Ramboll Finland is a market-leading water supply consulting company with expertise on all sectors of civil engineering. Also Ramboll recognizes an emerging need for closer cooperation with technology providers, research institutes and funding institutions in early stages of the project planning process. Scalable and replicable solutions create a solid base for long-term cooperation. FWF and Ramboll discussed the needs together with local partners and built a comprehensive consortium of water utilities, consulting, technology and research professionals brining together all expertise required for complete upgrade of municipal water supply.

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FWF brought Finnish water sector to World Water Week – all together for the same booth.

For water supply and sanitation sector in developing countries, one of the main events of the year is World Water Week in Stockholm. The event brings together ministries, funding institutions and actors in the field for networking and seminars.

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FWF has organized the participation for its members for several years already. Finnish organizations have been hosting the Finnish Booth together to find and meet new partners. Participants have included Finnish ministries, consultants, research institutes and companies working or interested in developing countries. In 2017, also Minister for Foreign Development and Trade Mr. Kai Mykkänen visited the exhibition with FWF and opened the cocktail event at the booth by telling about Finnish experience on water resources management.

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FWF brought its members expertise to industrial water development project of Terrafame Group.

Terrafame Ltd. is a Finnish multi-metal company producing primarily nickel and zinc by bioheapleaching at its mine located in Sotkamo. In 2015, they were looking for innovative solutions to decrease the concentration of sulfidic acids in the process water of the mine site.

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In the past, the mine had serious issues with water balance management and fulfilling the environmental permit restrictions for sulfic acids. Ariel project was developed to map new treatment technologies and their feasibility in the mine site.

FWF Industrial water Working Group ended up being an efficient way to reach actors in the field and start the discussions. Manager of the Ariel Project Mr. Jani Kiuru visited the working group meetings several times to tell about the project and their needs and to hear about available solutions and suggestions of the companies. FWF organized a cleantech-event with Sitra as a side event for Slush 2015, where the topic was introduced.

As a result, Terrafame Group received over hundred proposals for solutions, from which the best were selected for demonstrations and further piloting. FWF continued supporting the process in the steering committee of the project and organizing a press release and a seminar for introducing the piloting plan. New water management solutions will reduce the environmental impacts of the mine and improve production efficiency.

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