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
Hydroaid 2016 Training Program begins with a new e-Learning program within the Project “Wastewater treatment: technical and managerial solutions for developing countries with severe environmental vulnerabilities” financed by ATO3, the Water Authority of Turin, an Associated Member of Hydroaid, and dedicated to managers and technicians of public utilities, local and national istitutions for water management in 10 target countries.
The project consists in training in two phases:
Phase 1 - e-Learning modules: two specialized distance learning sessions for a maximum of 80 participants to be delivered within the period March - June 2016
Phase 2 - On-site training in Italy: 3 weeks of practical training in Italy for the top 10 qualified participants who attended the e-learning modules
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.