IFAT 2008, the 15th International Trade Fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, which takes place from May 5-9, 2007 in Munich, has been expanded to include the subjects of coastal protection and flood control. There will also be a greater focus on generating energy from waste materials, a field that covers both high-tech and low-tech as well as integrated solutions.
The section on coastal protection and flood control is appearing for the first time at IFAT. The inclusion of this new section was prompted by the changing climate and the resulting problems. IFAT 2008 will of course also be addressing the whole issue of water, which is of special importance in the United Nations´ ‘Water Decade’.
With the expansion of the section on energy generation from waste materials, the area of biogas will come more sharply into focus at this year’s IFAT. The trade fair is attempting to respond to developments in the market.
Important trade conferences, symposia and forums, alongside events focusing on flood control and disaster management round off the attractions at IFAT 2008.
Following IFAT 2005, which attracted 2,223 exhibitors from 36 countries and 109,000 trade visitors from 166 countries (a rise of 30 percent in each case), the organisers are aiming to further increase the international scope of the fair for 2008 and tap into new potential in the growing markets. The focus regions are Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and the Ukraine (East and Central Europe) plus Turkey, United States, Canada and India.
More information on IFAT 2008 can be found at the fair’s website, www.ifat.de.