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EU helps Egypt develop its water sector through technical assistance project

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 02:00

The EU-funded Technical Assistance Project to the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) held its annual conference yesterday in Cairo. The event aimed at updating different stakeholders on the project's progress and key milestones.

 The EU has allocated EUR 2.4 million grant for this project. Ambassador James Moran, Head of the EU Delegation to Egypt said “the EU has a steadfast commitment to work with Egypt in this vital area”. He added: “water is a key to sustainable development… Egypt faces major challenges: to name but one, over 40 million have no access to sanitation. Best practice and the application of new technology are essential for a better planning for the future and I am confident these talks will make a major contribution to that”. The 24-months project is implemented by a consortium of European and Egyptian consulting firms and provides technical assistance to HCWW and 23 Affiliate Companies (AC)s through: · Providing HCWW with a strategy and a master plan for Technical Losses reduction.· Improving the management of Reverse Osmosis plants brine disposal through capacity building.· Updating the Rural Sanitation Strategy and providing HCWW with a diagnosis of the current situation and strategy implementation on pre-selected pilot clusters.· Assisting HCWW in organising Public Awareness activities.

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Italy launches online environmental Knowledge Platform

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 02:00

12 August 2016 The Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (Directorate for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, European Union and International Affairs) has produced a Knowledge Platform, which serves as a valuable online resource for sharing best environmental practices and climate-related techniques and approaches.

The European Commission has funded or co-funded many significant projects through a range of programmes, including LIFE, and these have demonstrated a wide variety of innovative environmental methodologies. They have moreover contributed to the knowledge base for implementing EU legislation as well as informing policy-making.

The Knowledge Platform was set up to provide opportunities for those who have developed good practices, and thus added to this knowledge base, to network with potential replicators. The platform is aimed at all public and private entities that plan to invest in the environment, using replicable methods, techniques and models that have already been tested at the local level.

The online resource is linked to the portal of the Italian Ministry of Environment, which contains the technical detail of these good practices and their impact. Information is divided into a range of subject areas: waste; nature; biodiversity; water; urban environment; climate; energy; and soil and efficient use of resources. The website features a section on national and EU environmental legislation, and one on funding programmes that provide grants for environmental and climate-related actions. The platform will also allow visitors to stay informed about the latest environmental technologies in key areas.

The main focus, however, is the transfer of good practices, promoting proven solutions that can be easily implemented by local and regional authorities and research institutes. The goal is to ensure that investments have the maximum environmental impact and that initiatives are well coordinated. The platform also aims to encourage private-public partnerships and raise awareness of key issues across all sections of society. 

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Mr Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, elected new INBO World President

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 02:00

Mr Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, Managing Director of CONAGUA - Mexico was elected new INBO World President at the 10th General Assembly International INBO 1-4 June 2016, Merida (Mexico)

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