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Newsletter March 2015

 

World Water Day 2015

The World Water day, established by the United Nations in 1992 during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, represents a day for celebrating water.

The event is marked on March 22nd every year.

The UN and its member nations devote this day for implementing UN recommendations and promoting activities within their countries concerning water resources. Each year, one of various agencies involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting and coordinating international activities regarding this event. Since its inception in 2003, UN-Water has been responsible for selecting the theme and messages and it leads a UN agency for the World Day for Water.

In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'.

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Best practice coming from Vicenza UWFLab

The Vicenza UWFLab is continuing with the awareness actions for citizens aimed at a more conscious use of water.

On February 20th, the Councillor for Urban Planning and Sustainability of the City of Vicenza, Marco Antonio Dalla Pozza, presented to the local press, the results of the first six months of operation of the six “Houses of water” activated in the city.

The “Houses of water” are environmentally friendly facilities that can distribute both still and sparkling water of excellent quality. The water supplied is collected by the municipal aqueduct and is further filtered, dechlorinated and sterilized.

Five of these houses have been installed in the city in September 2014, while the first, considered as "pilot", has been working for two years. The Councillor also highlighted how protracting small daily individual choices may produce significant results in terms of savings.

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WULCA working group meeting

Important event, in Barcelona (Spain) next Thursday May 7th (2:00-4:30 pm) regarding the development of a harmonized and consensual water use impact category for LCA.

WULCA working group will propose the initiative during the next SETAC Annual meeting. The WULCA working group works as an international working group focusing on water use assessment and water footprinting taking the life cycle perspective. The group was founded in August 2007 under the auspices of the UNEP/Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Life Cycle Initiative. The working group represents a community of people from academia, various industries (e.g. chemical, food and consumer goods industry, pulp and paper, water treatment, etc.) and public institutions.

Recently, in May 2013, WULCA received the mandate from the UNEP SETAC Life Cycle Initiative (Project on Global Guidance on Environmental life cycle impact assessment indicators) to lead the harmonization and consensus building for the water use impact category. The objective of this specific project conducted within WULCA working group is therefore to coordinate the consensuses building process and lead the scientific work into achieving a harmonized method for assessing water use in LCA, involving key method developers and stakeholders through an international collaborative effort.

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Scotland, XVth IWRA WORLD WATER CONGRESS

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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