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Urban Water Footprint: a new approach for water management in urban areas

Newsletter n.4 Urban_wftp



The project is ending and it is time to take stock

The project has seen the consolidation and the finalization of the three Urban Waterfootprint Labs through the development for each laboratory of a socio-economic-environmental analysis and a sustainability analysis, which allowed UWFLabs to better calibrate resources and objectives in the short to medium term.

A great effort was then dedicated for strengthening the actions to disseminate and replicate the experiences of the project at European and International level with the implementation of a real "transnational strategy". The main actions of the “transnational strategy" may be summarized as following:

1. Sharing project outputs and competences among partners and other institutions in Central Europe Countries, with a special effort on structured initiatives:

• experimentation of a training program on UWF at level of EU cities
• capacity creation for a web training of trainers on UWF
• start of a network of UWFP experts
• promoting and sharing a High Level Study Course
• starting a Water Database on technologies and services

2. Diffusion of the Urban Water Footprint Approach and LABs in CEU countries not directly covered by the project.

3. Opening contacts with outstanding institutions and organizations involved in water topics at European and International level, with special attention to regions affected by water scarcity.

The Network of experts

A new section, called “Network of experts”, is now online on the project website.

The implementation of the network of experts of the URBAN_WFTP project is an important project output with the aim at promoting and diffusing results gained by the project.

The network is made by experts with a relevant background that can provide information about competences in applying the innovative water footprint approach at municipality level.

Municipalities and Universities can use this network of experts to share and gain information on water management issue. Companies could use the network competences to understand better the problems that they have to face regarding water management technologies and to achieve a better design of devices and integrated solutions for the end users.

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Training weeks

Training activities are important for spreading concepts studied during the project and results obtained and for easing the continuation of activities even after the end of the project. For this reason, periods of training called “Training weeks” have been organized in each UWFLab. The aims of training were to foster the water footprint approach, to spread best practices and to diffuse activities carried out. The recipients of the training have been local representatives coming from Municipalities, institutions connected with water management and schools.

The main topics treated during the training were:

• general basics on the Urban WFTP project (objectives, features, partners involved, areas of intervention, targets);
• water footprint concept and its application in urban areas;
• mathematical models developed during the project, indicators, applications and results;
• UWFLabs activities;
• notions about correct water management and water use behaviours;
• new technologies related to water saving and water treatment.

Study Visits to the Urban Waterfootprint Labs

During the last period of the project each laboratory have organized a one-day visit in order to enable other partners to visit the belonging area and to see which are specific peculiarities.

This experience has been very useful because it allowed to partners to better understand the different issues that each region has to face concerning water management in urban areas.

Moreover during the three visits there has been the possibility to share opinions about the different technologies applied. In fact, the visit included not only the guided tour of the premises of each UWFLab, but also a tour of the most significant plants for water supply and wastewater treatment of the three cities.

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H2O Exhibition

The XII edition of H2O, the International exhibition of technologies for water and wastewater treatment which was held in Bologna from 22nd to 24th October, have had a great success.

Over 330 exhibitors took part to the event and 11,171 operators visited the two dedicated halls. More than 70 conferences and technical seminars with more than 400 international speakers saw the presence of the major representatives of public and private water sectors in Italy and all over the world, the most accredited trade associations and prestigious research centers and universities.

Among the initiatives of particular prestige, a major role was played by the International Conference WaterIDEAS2014, organized by IWA - International Water Association, the largest association in the world that brings together professionals working in water sector and held for a long time a role of primary importance in the international dissemination of knowledge in sectors related to environment, health engineering, soil conservation and plant technologies.

During the three days the most recent and innovative strategies, techniques and applications in the management of urban water systems at the international level have been presented and discussed. Particular attention was put to the involvement of scientific research, advanced management experience and ongoing European projects.

H20 was held within the SAIE exhibition, the big platform on building and sustainable construction which saw the simultaneous presence of Smart City Exhibition, the European event dedicated to smart cities and communities, and other events dedicated to building industry. The Municipality of Vicenza (PP3) attended the event with a workshop focused on the dissemination of the Urban_WFTP project.

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High Level Urban WFTP learning course

The management of scarce resources such as water has become central to international debates. A growing number of companies around the world are dealing with water use related risks that could affect their business from several point of view: resource accessibility, market image and positioning, compliance with local regulation. In this context emerges the need for a new professional profile called “Resource Manager” a high skilled person able to integrate the development of strategies to better manage water and other natural resources with business innovation and competitiveness.

This is why a high level course called “Water Scarce Resource Management” has been designed within the Urban_WFTP project with the contribution of several institutions and important Universities such as The University of Padova (Italy), the University of Wroclaw (Poland)and the University of Innsbruck (Austria). The “Water Scarce Resource Management” will provide participants with knowledge and skills necessary to identify the role and scope of water resource management, how to identify and measure exposure to loss, as well as develop strategies and methods of handling water related risk.

The course is scheduled in the year 2015 and will be held separately in the areas of the three universities (Padova, Innsbruck, Wroclaw). The organization will be borne by the universities that will activate the course after reaching the minimum number of participants.

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