In collaboration with partners in the regions, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, Cari-WOP and WOP-LAC, GWOPA is co-organizing a training workshop entitled, “Building A Climate Resilient Water Sector in the Caribbean: Strategies for Water Utilities”. The session will take place in Miami, USA on the 23 and 24 August 2015.
The overall aim of the workshop is to strengthen Caribbean water utility tools and capacities to effectively protect water sources and strengthen resilience to climate change. By taking an interactive approach (panel discussions), the workshop will identify challenges faced by participants and work towards finding shared and cross-sector solutions. Specific aims will also include increasing awareness of the impacts of climate change in the region and identifying twinning partnership possabilities in the Caribbean region.
Participants will include stakeholders working in the region from the water sector and from other sectors that are affected by or working on climate change. Bringing diverse actors together will support the development of sustainable cross-sector solutions that can have greater impact. Operators are a key part of the chain and will play an important role in the workshop.
WHO SHOULD COME
The event will welcome those practicing, supporting, studying or curious about using not-for-profit peer support between water operators to improve global water and sanitation services, including:
✓ Water and wastewater utilities
✓ Local and National Governments
✓ Donors and financial institutions
✓ Knowledge and academic institutions in the water and sanitation sector
✓ Civil society organizations
✓ Labour Unions
Participation in the conference is free of charge, however space is limited and reserved for those involved and/or interested in WOPs or with experience in capacity development, water access or other topics related to the Congress. All those interested in participating are encouraged to register early. Registration is now open.
In addition to the sessions, GWOPA, in collaboration with the City Council of Barcelona and the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site will organize a social activity for participants and a visit to Barcelona with a special focus on water and service provision.
As well as being the hosting city of GWOPA, Barcelona has been populated since the Roman times and traces of the Roman infrastructure can still be visited today. A special historic tour of the city centre will be on offer to participants however places are limited.
Barcelona's famous Mercè festival starts on the 18 of September and will feature live concerts across the city for free.
The Global Risks report 2015, published by the World Economic Forum, calls attention to water crisis as one of the highest risks in terms of socio-economic impacts and likelihood. In the matter of impact alone, water crisis is the most alarming threat, followed by the spread of infectious diseases, weapons of mass destruction and interstate conflicts. Contrary to other risks, the concern for water crisis will intensify in the next decade together with the risk of failure of climate change adaptation measures.
- 28 Jul
- Category: News
Barcelona has been inhabited since the prehistoric time and its people have always had to source water and wetlands to establish their settlements.
To create Barcino, Barcelona during the Roman times, the Romans chose the privileged setting on top of hill (Mont Taber), between the rives Llobregat and Besos, close to the sea and protected by the Collserola mountain.
The engineering work of the Romans included the construction of an acueduct to provide the city with water from the Besos River. We can still see the remainders of these works in the streets and building of the Ciutat Vella (Old City). Water was distributed through the city to arrive at the 'domus' (homes of the wealthy) and thermal baths.
Medieval Barcelona also sought to provide water through wells, monumental fountains and, above all, the Rec Comptal, a canal providing water and irrigation used by windmills, farmers and craft guilds.
The real revolution in terms of water provision in Barcelona came in the XIX century during the project to extend the city (Eixample). During this period, industry in the city and the population grew, and so did the demand for water for personal and industrial use.
Reservoirs, water castles, a distribution network and sewerage systems were built to cover the whole metropolitan area of Barcelona.
Text by Cayetana Gomis Fletcher