Starting point for the “Inow Asia” project, about sustainable water management in Southeast Asia

Around thirty people from European higher education institutions and universities in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are taking part in the virtual kick-off meeting of the project on 25 and 26 February.

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 Erasmus+ programme, holds on 25 and 26 February its virtual kick-off meeting.

The Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona (UB) is one of the partner entities of this initiative, coordinated by the University of Girona (UdG), whose main objective is to collaborate with universities in Cambodia (Institute of Technology of Cambodia and University of Battambang), Laos (National University of Laos and Souphanouvong University) and Vietnam (Hanoy University of Science – Vietnam National University Hanoy and Can Tho University) to contribute to postgraduate training in the field of integrated and innovative water resources management and sustainable development.

Apart from the conventional problems related to safe drinking water supply and sanitation, countries on the Southeast shore of Asia face severe challenges that affect population health and economic activities through drastic water supply scarcity and lack of sanitation, severe droughts and floods, deforestation and threats to biodiversity.

In this context, in the framework of Inow Asia, European Higher Education Institutions – including the UdG, the UB Solidarity Foundation, the University Paul Sabatier Tolouse III, the IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement) and the WUSMED (World University Service Mediterranean) – will share their knowledge and experience in the implementation of innovative master programmes in water resources management.

The main idea is to jointly design training modules on water resources to complement the masters and PhD programs in related fields already existing in Southeast Asia, as well as to co-design and implement water-oriented living labs.

UB Solidarity Foundation & sustainable water management

The UB Solidarity Foundation has experience in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects that have promoted natural based solutions for water treatment in countries such as Senegal and Vietnam.

Since 2016, together with the Gaston Berger University (UGB) of Saint-Louis (Senegal) and the Món-3 foundation, the UB Solidarity Foundation contributed 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.

Moreover, between 2010 and 2013, together with the National University of Vietnam, the UB Solidarity Foundation 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.

This news is related to the following SDG of 2030 Agenda: