About 40 engaged entities (HEIs, NGOs, companies and governmental institutions) will support the project consortium to promote high level training and entrepreneurial activities among water resources stakeholders.
On September 9 and 10, the cooperation project Inow Asia: Development of Innovative multilevel formation programs for the new water leading professionals in Southeast Asia (2021-2024), framed in the Capacity Building in Higher Education action of the Erasmus+ programme, held its biannual steering committee meeting.
Following the meeting, on September 10 the Academic and Professional Committee (APC) of Inow Asia was officially constituted and met. About 40 engaged entities (HEIs, NGOs, companies and governmental institutions) had an opportunity to introduce their missions and activities and, from now on, they will support the project consortium to promote high level training and entrepreneurial activities among international water resources stakeholders. The APS purpose is to enhance the integration of these stakeholders and to oversee the project activities from an academic and professional point of view, in order to obtain a multidisciplinary perspective.
The Inow Asia project and its consortium
Coordinated by the University of Girona (UdG), the Inow Asia project aims to train a new generation of young Southeast Asian related-water professionals to face the current and future water challenges (drastic water supply scarcity and lack of sanitation, severe droughts and floods, deforestation and threats to biodiversity) and to lead the water sector market.
The Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona (UB) is one of the partners of Inow Asia‘s consortium, made up of 11 organisations across 5 countries (Spain, France, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) and 14 associated partners, who will carry out a cross-disciplinary, bottom-up process leading to the development and implementation of training material based on innovative teaching-learning methodologies and water-oriented living labs.
UB Solidarity Foundation & sustainable water management
For the UB Solidarity Foundation, this project is a continuation of the work carried out between 2010 and 2013 with the Vietnam National University. Together, we set up an industrial wastewater treatment plant with ecological systems in a seafood manufacturing industry in Halong Bay, which is the first infrastructure of its kind (Constructed Wetlands) in the Southeast Asia.
Apart from these activities in Vietnam, the foundation also has experience in other WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects that have promoted natural based solutions for the sustainable management of water resources.
For example, in Senegal, together with the Gaston Berger University (UGB) of Saint-Louis and the Món-3 foundation, the UB Solidarity Foundation is contributing to the implementation of low-cost, sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies for the sustainable management of wastewater and sanitation services in the Saint-Louis region; including the installation of an ecological wastewater treatment plant on the UGB campus.
This news is related to the following SDG of 2030 Agenda:
SDG 6. Clean water and sanitation
Target 6.a: By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.
SDG 17. Partnerships for the goals
Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.