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Istanbul International Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater Congress 2013
22-24 May 2013   |   Halic Congress Center - Istanbul - TURKEY


Dear participants of Istanbul3Wcongress 2013,

On behalf of the Executive Committee of Istanbul International Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater Congress we are very pleased to say thank you to each of you who have attended this congress and thanks to our participants, oral and poster presenters, special guests, keynote speakers and representatives of local and regional authorities. We appreciate you for taking the time and effort to contribute. Thank you very much for your participate in this congress and sharing your ideas and expertise. We certainly hope that the congress has been all that you expected it to be and participants had the opportunity to make new friends and renew old acquaintances.

One of the main objectives of Istanbul3Wcongress was to get regional and international stakeholders all around the world together to have discussion and exchange of experiences, suggestions and opinions with practitioners, researchers and decisions makers. To accomplish this, we established the congress agenda to enable us to discuss many environmental problems and issues facing us today and then to determine the necessary solutions, actions, policies and programs to overcome these problems and issues.

Istanbul3Wcongress took place with the attendance of 1322 people from 47 countries. The scientific program of the congress was composed of a total of 36 sessions, which took place in 6 parallel halls. During the scientific sessions, 142 oral and 111 poster presentations were made from 29 different countries and 27 keynote speakers attended the congress. In addition to scientific sessions, World Mayors' Meeting was held with the attendance of 12 Mayors, 9 Deputy Mayors and 73 delegations from 30 countries and 31 cities. At the end of the meeting, 'Istanbul Waste Consensus', which aims at developing sustainable solid waste management strategies in the face of global changes, was shared and signed by 10 municipalities and local administrations during the congress. The participation to the agreement is still going on.

We have been very fortunate to have a large group of well-known experts in their respective fields participated in our congress. Their involvement resulted in our very successful workshops, oral and poster sessions, private sessions and also operational trainings. We want to thank each of them and also all the moderators who skillfully guided each meetings. Very high-grade speeches were given by our Keynote speakers on May 22 and May 23. We hope that we have achieved many results and this congress has been a great success.

We would like to say again, on behalf of the Executive Committee, how deeply we appreciate all of the co-organizers, sponsors and congress staffs who contributed the grants and their efforts to Istanbul3Wcongress with solid dedication during the one-year congress preparation. Thank you very much. Istanbul3Wcongress would not have been a success without you.

We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul again!

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Şenol YILDIZ
Istanbul3Wcongress Executive Committee