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Newsletter April 2015


World Water Day in Wroclaw

The World Water Day established by United Nations is celebrated on 22 March annually. The event was organized at the University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wroclaw (Poland), in collaboration with Municipal Water and Sewage Company in Wroclaw and other partners on 18-20 March 2015. It was attended mostly by students. They were informed about the problem of depleting water resources and environmental contamination.

In this part of Europe where the water resources are currently efficient and the draughts are very rare, people often do not have direct motivation to save water other than saving money. It is important to make them aware about possible future changes of the climate, which might impact the situation with water. They were also informed about the need for maintaining at least partly natural water cycle in urban areas and presented often simple solutions for water saving and recycling.

The celebration programme included lectures on various water related topics given by different guests, e.g. the resident of the house drifting on Odra river and the director of the Inland Navigation in Wrocław. There were also water test demonstrations at the university laboratories. Students could also learn about the urban water footprint as well as learn what generates their own footprint and estimate it during the workshops.

Sewer penetration and municipal wastewater treatment plants development contributes to lower water footprint in Hungary

For the last two decades municipal sewage collection as well as treatment has made great advances in Hungary. In 1990 only 65% of urban and 3% of rural households were connected to a sewer. These figures increased to 85% and 47%, respectively, by 2012.

Much of this improvement is explained by stringent EU requirements, but also the financing provided through different financing instruments of the European Union.

While in 2000 only 30% of the collected wastewater was treated to at least secondary level, by 2012 this ratio increased to 72%, largely due to the newly built “Central” Wastewater Treatment Plant of Budapest.

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7th World Water Forum 2015

During these days the 7th edition of the World Water Forum is taking place, a leading event in the field of water that gathers some of the most important stakwholders that support water management.

Academics, research institutions, enterprises, professional networks, governments and policy-makers, IGOs and NGOs, as well as representatives from various fields such as agriculture, food or energy will be present in this important event and will work on the following important topics to guarantee sustainable water use and management worldwide:

• Water security for all
• Water for development and prosperity
• Water for sustainability: harmonizing humans and nature
• Constructing feasible implementation mechanisms

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From 25th to 29th May 2015 – Edimburgh, Scotland

Global Water, a resource for development: Opportunities, challenges and constraints
The XVth World Water Congress will be held from the 25th to 29th May 2015 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), in cooperation with the Scottish Government. The congress will provide a platform for open discussions and debates…

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France, HYDROGAÏA 2015

From 27th to 28th May 2015 – Montpellier, France

Water and economic developments
Hydrogaïa is an international water exhibition to be held in France where to meet exhibitors, suppliers and key partners in the water industry. The 2015 edition of HydroGaïa will focus on the theme: WATER AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS. • 2 days to…

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Spain, ECOSUD 2015

From 3rd to 5th June 2015 – Valencia, Spain

10th International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development
ECOSUD 2015 is the 10th International Conference in the well-established series on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development. The meetings provide a unique forum for the presentation and discussion of recent work on different aspects of ecosystems and…

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