The City of Cape Town proudly welcomes you to the W12 Congress, an International Conference and Expo that seeks to create the first W12 Protocol and strengthen the civil society-driven governance of alternative sustainable water solutions.

The Congress brings together city officials, academics, business executives, water experts, and students from the major cities in the world that are likely to face water challenges in the next 24 – 36 months. Cape Town was the first major city in South Africa to face significant water challenges.

This International Event will be held in Cape Town (new dates will be announced over the next few weeks), to brainstorm and share strategic actions to mitigate the water crisis. The recent drought, increasing population and expansion impacted Cape Town’s economy, citizens and enterprises across industries and communities. Thanks to concerted efforts from all sectors, the water crisis was averted.

W12 intends to achieve:

• Increased access to financing for water projects to local and global businesses and cities
• Improving capacity and management of water projects to ensure their success
• Fostering peer to peer learning (city-to-city) of best practices and lessons learned

W12 Congress is a run by a unique collaboration between Save Our Schools NPO, the Institute for Ecological Civilization, and several universities. These entities collectively aim to create the first W12 Framework document by aggregating knowledge within and across thematic areas and different geographies, ultimately creating a roadmap for change and inspiring engagement in solutions to this imminent crisis.

In partnership with UNESCO, the W12 Congress will form an integral part of a Netflix Documentary entitled “Water Wise: How Not to Drain a Country”.


Communities, Businesses and Schools need help to keep operating during the water crisis. Our future is at stake.