It will do so in an international webinar, open to the public, in which it will share the experiences of a project that has had the support of the Barcelona City Council.
The Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona will present, on Friday 30 September at 3pm, in an international webinar, experiences of applying nature-based solutions (NBS) for wastewater treatment and reuse in Senegal. They will be shared by Dra. Antonina Torrens, coordinator of the Natural Solutions for a Sustainable Development program of the entity.
The experiences are part of the cooperation project “Contribution to the sustainable management of the water resources of Saint Louis (Senegal) – Phase I and Phase II”, which since 2016 has had the support of the Directorate of Global Justice and International Cooperation of the Barcelona City Council. Among other actions, this project has included the installation of ecological treatment plants both in a public elementary school and on the campus of Gaston Berger University (UGB) in Saint Louis, so that, currently, the water regenerated by these infrastructures serve to irrigate green areas and different crops.
The presentation of the experiences will be in a webinar of the European TRESOR project entitled “Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for the treatment and reuse of wastewater and sewage sludge in the Mediterranean”. The meeting will take place on Thursday September 29 and Friday September 30 from 10 am to 5 pm.
During the webinar, a state of the art on the characteristics and applications of planted filter systems will be presented, enriched by the description of different experiences and case studies on the treatment and reuse of wastewater and sludge in different climatic and geographical contexts.
The interventions will be in Italian and French, and will have simultaneous Italian-French, Italian-English, French-English translation. The proposal is open to the public, with prior registration, and places are limited.
As partners of the TRESOR project, the webinar is organized by the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Mediterranean Fisheries of the Sicilian Region – ASSAGRI, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Di3A, of the University of Catania – UNICT.
UB Solidarity Foundation & sustainable water management
This year marks 15 years of joint work between the University of Barcelona and the UB Solidarity Foundation with Gaston Berger University. Together, they promote projects to implement low-cost, sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies for the sustainable management of wastewater and sanitation services in the Saint Louis region.
Similarly, the UB Solidarity Foundation promotes nature-based solutions for the sustainable management of water resources in Southeast Asia. The current participation in the Inow Asia cooperation project and in an initiative led by RMIT University (Australia) is the continuation of the work carried out between 2010 and 2013 with the National University of Vietnam. Together, they set up a wastewater treatment plant with ecological systems in a seafood manufacturing industry in Hạ Long Bay, which was the first infrastructure of its kind (Constructed Wetlands) in Southeast Asia.
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 9. Industry, innovation and infraestructure
Target 9.a: Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.