The project “Wastewater treatment: technical solutions and infrastructure management in developing countries with severe environmental vulnerabilities”, realized with the financial assistance of the International Cooperation Fund of ATO3 (the Water Authority of Turin), will bring the top organizations for integrated water and waste management of the local system to share experiences for sustainability. The initiative, led by Hydroaid - Water for Development Management Institute - in collaboration with SMAT and the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering of Politecnico di Torino, has the goal of ensuring a better management of public services connected to water depuration by providing managers and technicians from countries with a low access to sanitation the tools for designing, managing and monitoring water resources - a hot issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Following a distance learning course of 16 weeks for 87 operators from 24 different countries, the best 11 candidates were selected for an intensive training in Turin of 3 weeks from 9 to 29 October 2016...continue reading
We shared a lot of valuable experiences though we are so distant, thanks for Hydroaid that led the learning environment as if it had been a live class-room. I would have never imagined such an interesting distance training. Shortly it was awesome and I am already going to miss you all. Wish you all the best and share BIG THANKS TO HYDROAID.
Congratulations to all participants of the e-Learning course "Wastewater Treatment and Management of Urban Solid Waste - 2016" (Module 1 and Module 2), the first phase of the Project "Wastewater treatment: technical and managerial solutions for developing countries with severe environmental vulnerabilities" realized with the financial assistance of ATO3, the Water Authority of Turin. With 1340 relevant posts and 269 thematic discussions, this program set new records of participation and filled the past 16 weeks with important exchanges and experience sharing. Participants who scored a final grade of at least 65% will qualify for the Certificate of Attendance, which will be sent via e-mail in the next weeks. The top 10 candidates from the target countries of the Project (Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia) will also be contacted for accessing Phase 2: a 3-week-traineeship in Italy to strengthen the knowledge on Wastewater Treatment and Management of Urban Solid Waste acquired during the e-Learning Phase. The final ranking will be available shortly.
UPDATE: Following several requests from School Managers and in order to facilitate the participation, the deadline for applying to CliC has been extended to September 30, 2016.
Water is an essential element both for our climate system and for human development. The new Sustainable Development Goals approved by the United Nations in November and the recent Paris Agreement launched by COP21 addressed the issues of water as a top priority and adopted an interdisciplinary approach for its protection and correct management, casting a special focus on the role of local administrations and on the global impacts of climate change on natural resources. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon defined climate change the defining issue of our era and invited all national, regional and local institutions to a greater sense of responsibility towards the sustainable use of environmental resources - starting from water - and the education of future generations to sustainable behaviors. In this perspective, the post-2015 global agenda points at very ambitious commitments:
Children, the citizens of tomorrow, are the most receptive users, open to new ideas and lifestyles that are suitable with the current climate and environmental alterations and will orient new policies for sustainability.
This is why the Project CliC will involve elementary schools to spread awareness and responsibility over the impacts of climate change on our natural resources. The project will be realized in partnership with CinemAmbiente TV, the environmental education initiative of the Turin Environmental Film Network, and with the support of ATO3, the Water Authority of Turin: a total of 60 schools will be engaged in 2 interactive training tracks with classroom and web-based activities to introduce students to the mechanisms of climate change in their daily life... read more
Traineeship Talks: Interview with Marco Avondetto
20 October 2016
The "Wastewater Treatment" Project relies on the collaboration with local specialised institusions, such as Acea Pinerolese Industriale Spa. We interviewed Eng. Marco Avondetto, Head of the Environmental Department of Acea, to learn more about the utility’s commitment for development cooperation...continue reading
Meeting the Makers
10 October 2016
The traineeship of Project “Wastewater Treatment” set off on October 10 with a special meeting inspired to innovation and sustainability. The 11 experts attending a program of lectures and visits in Turin from 9 to 29 October 2016 on waste and wastewater management were introduced to their training location – the Politecnico di Torino – by the participants of Turin’s first Maker Competition. Under the coordination of Prof. Asinari, students of Mechanic and Energy Engineering challenged each others in the design of low-cost prototypes for desalination. Their proposals were the result of a semester’s work and explored different technologies and energy sources, hitting some of the crucial issues for developing countries characterized by severe environmental vulnerabilities and water shortages. The winners of the Competition will take part in the Maker Fair in Rome on 14-16 October.
Water insecurity has devastating effects on economies and on the well-being of entire populations. The efficient management of water resources and a sound regulation of the water service are necessary steps to tackle sustainability challenges in the management of public goods... read more
PROJECT GO BENIN: Training in Abomey -Calavi
The training activities scheduled by the Project GoBenin began on March 14 in Abomey-Calavi. 23 beneficiaries - public managers and technicians - will attend on-site training for 5 weeks to strengthen their knowledge on water basin and district planning, analysis of water demand, water supply and drainage systems, QGIS for water resource monitoring, water treatments and uses... continue reading
A conference for the celebration of World Water Day 2016 was held at the Politecnico di Torino on April 6th. The event was organized by Associazione Idrotecnica Italiana in collaboration with Hydroaid, CISV, Ingegneria Senza Frontiere - Torino, Ithaca and the Department for Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering.