Opening hours: March 17-23, from 9 am to 9 pm

Check the Citizen Village program

The Citizen Village is designed by Citizen Forum Process. This is a free, open space for the public of the 8th World Water Forum. There, people will be able to take part in educational, cultural, interactive, sensory and dialogue-building activities aimed at improving the use of water. This is a space for all who wish to participate.

The goal of the Village is to raise awareness, public attention and social participation concerning water-related issues, in addition to promoting innovative solutions for the problems that citizens face in their daily lives.

The Citizen Village is an area for everyone! Young people, adults and children. The Brazilian society, as well as all visitors from other countries, can enjoy an aggregating and interactive environment where the central theme is the conscious use of water.

Olhos D ' Água Avenue (Water Springs Avenue) will be the gateway for visitors to the Citizen Village, an entertainment educational space open to the public during the 8th World Water Forum.

At the Citizen Cinema will have an exhibition room for movies for adults and children. Several national and international films will be screened involving water theme. 

The Solutions Market will present 60 individual or community experiences from around the world, all related to good practices in water use. The idea is that visitors understand they can replicate the initiatives or create their own solutions.

An arena for 300 people will host conferences, presentations and talk shows with national and international guests. The arena will be a meeting point, favoring dialogue and interaction between participants from various areas of the 8th Forum.

The Green Nation area is the space where the water and environmental themes will be united and people can relate them to their daily lives. It will have an educational and interactive character with immersive scenarios, for visitors of all ages.                                                                                                     

The Brasilia Area will feature a wide range of activities to introduce the country's capital, host city of the 8th World Water Forum.

The 8th World Water Forum will be open to the participation of the entire society, and the Citizen Village will be a casual, educational, and integration space that allows for the exchange of information on water as a vital element for human beings.

The Citizen Village will occupy an area of 10,000 square meters and will be open from the 17 to the 23 of March, 2018, from 9 am to 9 pm, at Brasília’s National Stadium, Mané Garrincha. Entrance is free, but visitors must register on site or in advance through the event’s website.


At Green Nation Space, visitors will be able to get to know and interact with the following facilities: Antarctic Station, Submarine, Ship, Hand Glider, Forests of the Sea, Water Shortage!, Plant Water, PET turns into PET, and Flavors and Senses.

There will also be co-creation workshops, multimedia festival, film exhibition, maker workshops, design thinking workshops for children, storytelling, and much more.


At Submarine section, the public will be immersed into the deep ocean through a multimedia environment and will have contact with the exuberant marine fauna and flora, which suffer with pollution, waste and illegal fishing.

At Hand Glider space, there is a virtual reality simulator. Visitors will “fly” through an exciting journey to places in Brazil where water is the leading character in transportation, food, energy generation, and much more.

The public will also get to know closely life in extreme cold conditions at Antarctic Station, which will replicate the lab and housing of scientists in the icy continent.

At Flavors and Senses, participants will taste different juices and find out the packaging secret of ingredients, which goes far beyond food protection. You will experience all of this while being blindfolded.

The road to recycling and the opportunities for plastic reuse will be present at PET turns into PET section, which shows the importance of recycling in an uncomplicated manner and its relationship with the water economy and waste reduction on the planet by using a PET recycling machine.


The universe of business and startups will not be out of the program. On March 19 - 21, Green Nation will host the Eco-innovation Camp: water challenge, targeted at entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas about water use. This is a partnership with Sebrae and UN-Environment that will award the most creative and sustainable proposed solutions to water issues in the industry, cities and agriculture.

Co-creating the Future – In these workshops, participants will develop new approaches to attitudes that need to change in order to build a sustainable and truly new society. Each person will bring their ideas, which will be discussed to find out how to put them in practice.

Arduino Flamingo of Drought – In this maker workshop, the Flamingo of Drought will be created, a humidity sensor using Arduino (an electronic open source and single plate hardware prototyping platform). Each participant will leave with their own sensor for plant vases and small gardens, which will indicate when plants need to be watered, thereby optimizing consumption.

Design Thinking for Children – In this maker workshop, a process of reflections about water consumption at the environments closest to them (home, school, etc) will be experienced, in addition to the prototyping and creation of solutions for water reuse, recycling and reduction (3Rs) at these places.

Storytelling – Douradinho Project invites children to feel, think and act in the defense of rivers and riparian forests based on the book “Friend Can, Friend River”*. The “Planet’s Crew” Project will launch the book of the first adventure, telling the story about “How Everything Began”. Also, with the e-book “Speak up Bia!”, the project will show how the crew cleaned the river. The writer, who has potiguara ethnic origin, Eliane Potiguara, will also be part of this program with her book “The Healing of Earth”, story about the nature, men, origin of things, and wisdom of ancestors.

Roundtable “Water in the Media” – On March 22, between 4 pm and 6 pm, in partnership with TV Globo and mediated by journalist Sônia Bridi, authors of soap operas and TV miniseries will discuss at the Citizen Village arena how water issues can and must be addressed in drama and other audiovisual products.

Multimedia Festival – Until March 15, Green Nation is receiving photographs and fiction, documentary and animated short films/videos in their official website. The winners of these categories competing for the “Green Nation Trophy” will be announced on the last day of the event.

Film Exhibition – Premiere exhibition of the series “Survivor Manual for the 21st Century,” episode “Water that comes from the sky,” with the presence of director João Amorim and the actor and TV host Marcos Palmeira. The fourth edition of the exhibit will provide the public with cross-cutting views of several water issues. March 21, at 6:30 pm.

Green Film program