In 2015, the World Countries committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 6 entitled “Clean Water and Sanitation”, as part of the 2030 Agenda. Since 1993, the aim of World Water Day (22 March) is to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the hydro challenges; hence, this year it aims at accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis.
Within this realm, and in order to localise the above-mentioned SDG, ALDA has a strong commitment towards the environment, with a focus on climate change adaptation and sustainability. Moreover, a specific thematic hub has been designed to address the “Green” challenges; thus gathering all the expertise in order to maximise the efforts and the impact of the several projects on this topic.
Specifically, ALDA works in this field mainly through two EU-funded projects.
The Life Beware (Better Water-management for Advancing Resilient-communities in Europe) project, funded by the LIFE programme, is an EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.
ALDA commits to the preservation of the environment, and its water assets, by advocating for a more sustainable and conscious use of natural resources
It focuses on the achievement of a global strategy for climate adaptation to flooding risk, increasing water infiltration and storage in urban and rural areas, by actively involving local communities. The project aims to increase knowledge, benefit, and real implementation of NWRM (Natural Water Retention Measures) both in the territory of Comune di Santorso and Comune di Marano Vicentino (Vicenza, IT) and other EU municipalities.
The second project, called Water’s Experts, is funded by the Erasmus+ programme and it addresses students attending the last year of vocational schools, aiming at raising awareness on the protection of hydro resources among young people. Climate change has a huge impact on blue resources (droughts, floods and rivers’ transformation), so it is necessary to create suitable methods to monitor the main issues of rivers, especially in hydro-rich areas where agriculture and nature-based tourism are highly dependent on climate. Through a specific training course, students from 4 European countries acquire knowledge and skills in water resources management and climate change adaptation.
Overall, ALDA will further commit to the preservation of the environment, and its water assets, by advocating for a more sustainable and conscious use of natural resources.