São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ensure Your Water Future

In contact with the International Desalination Association & Water Reuse since 2010, the São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau, in a strategic partnership with ESA Latin America, brings to São Paulo the leading global event for water reuse and desalination.


Held for the first time in Latin America, the event features an industry-leading exhibition, a wide-ranging four-day technical program, visits to plants, and networking events during the week of October 15-20. Approximately 1,200 public and private sector participants from across the globe will attend the congress – leaders in all industry sectors, from end users to technology developers and solution providers, academics and researchers, funders, vendors, and consultants.

Several technical sessions are focused on regional success stories that show how water reuse and desalination are helping Latin American countries to develop their major economic sectors. Other sessions will address water policy, development, governance, finance, and market challenges; Water reuse practices; Desalination and reuse of water in industrial applications; Emerging and advanced technologies; Desalination and renewable energies; And desalination and environment. In addition, IDA is organizing a series of panels and roundtables.

In all, approximately 350 papers representing 40 countries were submitted for consideration in the technical program. In addition, other presentations will be offered at the Congressional Innovation Theater. “With data from the IDA Yearbook been showing for years, Latin America, and in particular Brazil, has become a leading user of water desalination and reuse technology. The potential for a greater use of these technologies is enormous, and the interest is very high,” said Emilio Gabbrielli, President of the International Desalination Association.

“Based on years of experience in seeing the positive impact of the IDA World Congress in other parts of the world, hopefully, this event will once again serve as a catalyst for a wider and more appropriate use of these technologies in Brazil and Latin America. This perspective, coupled with Brazil’s strong support, was the reason why IDA selected Brazil as the location for the 2017 World Congress,” he added.


The theme of the 2017 World Congress, “Ensure Your Water Future,” highlights the importance of water reuse and desalination in addressing the world’s water challenges. “The World Congress presents an unprecedented opportunity for the dissemination of knowledge and offers an ideal opportunity for participants from around the world to know more about the many opportunities offered by Brazil and the rest of Latin America,” Gabbrielli concluded.

Several important Brazilian organizations and institutions are strategic partners of the Congress, including: ABES (Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering); ABCON (Brazilian Association of Private Utilities of Water and Sewage Public Services); SINDCON (National Union of Concessionaires); ABIMAQ (Brazilian Association of Machinery and Equipment Industry); CNI (National Confederation of Industry); ABAS (Brazilian Association of Underground Waters); SABESP (Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo); EMBRATUR; and IICA (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture), amongst others.  AIDIS (Inter-American Environmental Association of Sanitary Engineering) and ANEAS (National Association of Water and Sanitation Companies of Mexico) are strategic partners who are located outside Brazil. 

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