113 cities and 24 hours: two figures to describe the importance of Climathon, a major event on climate, which took place last week-end involving institutions, authorities and associations working on the critical issue of climate change.
Climathon involved 113 cities around the world including the City of Turin, which was chosen to host the "Climathon Main Stage: the way we change" , held at the Environment park, during which video broadcasting were set up with all the participating cities. In the meanwhile the Museum of Environemnt - Museo A come Ambiente (MAcA) - hosted a 24-hour "urban hackathon" where citizens, scholars, researchers, representatives of companies and associations gathered together to elaborate and propose possible solutions on the topic of extreme weather events.
Hydroaid - Water for Development Management Institute actively contributed to Climathon 2018 promoting, in collaboration with the "Istituto per l'ambiente e l'istruzione Scholé Futuro Onlus" and "SMAT", Friday 26 October, the event "Young Climathon" in which "YouLabWater", a workshop to raise awareness on the issue of climate change and its impact on water resources, involved over 80 students of the first level secondary school from the local area.
On Saturday 27 October, within the "School for the Environment" of Climathon Main Stage, dedicated to young primary and secondary school students, Hydroaid presented the second edition of the environmental education project "CLIC2 - the school changes the climate", on climate change and water footprint, which involves over one thousand students of 48 classes of the Metropolitan City of Turin.
The President of Hydroaid, Ambassador Luigi Cavalchini, and Hydroaid's Acting Director, Ms Maria Cristina Ciancetta, were invited to participate at the second Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference organized in Rome by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on 25 October.
The Conference is the occasion for an exchange of views with African Ministers of Foreign Affairs, high level representatives of major international organizations as well as Italian business, academia and civil society. Discussions aim at strenghtening the cooperation between Italy and Africa and focus mainly on the shared economic growth and mutual benefits, the political stability and security and the human development. Fifty-four African countries, most represented at ministerial level, and thirteen international organizations, including the Africa Union, for a total of 350 delegates take part in the Conference.
Hydroaid is currently active in several African countries (Benin, Mozambico, Senegal, Tanzania) where contributes, through international cooperation initiatives, to the improvement of sustainable development, fostering the integration and encouraging the collaboration with local communities. In particular, Hydroaid is developing important relationships with the Water Development and Resources Found of Ethiopia and the Minister of Water and Irrigation of Egypt, aiming at the implementation of specific training initiatives and to establish Master programmes in the field of sustainable management of water resources.
Cairo Water Week
The President of Hydroaid, Ambassador Cavalchini, and Hydroaid's External Relations Manager, took part to the Cairo Water Week (CWW), a one week international conference on “Water conservation for sustainable development”, organized in Cairo by the Egyptian Ministry of Water and Irrigation from 14 to 18 October.
This very first edition of the CWW was an important international gathering for promoting water awareness, fostering new thinking about the most pressing water-related challenges and envisaging actions towards integrated water resources management and conservation for sustainable development.
The CWW gathered together all the actors and stakeholders, including governments and international organisations, operating in the water sector at the international and regional levels to discuss the most burning water-related issues such as desertification, water scarcity, upstream countries development and significant impact of climate change on water resources.
During the CWW the Hydroaid's delegation, thanks to the support of the Italian Embassy in Cairo, had the opportunity to meet H.E. Mohamed Abdel Ati, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWI) and Chairman of Cairo Water Week and Dr. Khaled Abdelhay, President of the National Water Research Centre (NWRC) - the research and development centre of the Egyptian MWI - to discuss several possible initiatives concerning the development of training and Master programmes in the field of sustainable management of water resources.