After a successful completion of the first phase of project, WASAC continues. In the Baltic Sea, a 2019 pilot action will describe, discuss and develop solutions for circular water systems on 10 pilot islands in Finland, the Aland Islands and Sweden. The project is headed by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and has the Nordic Council of Ministers as a partner. It is a direct continuation of the WASAC Project, and we hope many will follow the example.
Greening the Islands is a global initiative that has been launched to spread the word about sustainable island projects and help them to be replicated in as many locations as possible. As Greening the Islands held its 2018 conference on Minorca on May 17-18, we are happy to announce next year’s conference will be held in the Baltic Sea, and will have a particular focus on the sea and water. An Observatory on water topics (and parallel ones on energy and mobility) was created in which WASAC, through Christian Pleijel, is one of the experts.
It’s worth reminding that the Water Saving Challenge Project was awarded the Greening the Islands award in the Water Management Category in 2017 on Favignana island near Sicily.
Malta is one of the world’s most water-stressed countries. Existing climate change models forecast less rain and more storms for Maltese archipelago which will result in less freshwater available to recharge depleting groundwater sources.
Therefore, the Energy and Water Agency has launched the LIFE Integrated Project: Optimising the implementation of Malta’s 2nd Water Catchment Management Plan with aims, amongst others, to improve water conservation awareness locally. Through a major €17 million project, Malta will change its perspective and the way it views water and water conservation. This EU funded project, at the rate of 60%, equals the total amount of funding that Malta has benefited from the LIFE Programme since 1992. This augurs well for the future of the country, to become ‘trend setters’ in EU funding.
During the launch, our presentation of the WASAC project, given by Christian Pleijel, was greeted with considerable interest, and our participation provided us a great opportunity to learn from Malta’s integrated long-term approach.
Smart Island World Congress brings together experts from all around the world to explore the opportunities that can arise from the unique challenges facing islands in areas such as efficiency, urban planning and economic and social development in the global era.
After a successful first edition focused on the needs and opportunities of island territories in a globalised world, the 2018 edition evolved and focused on the need to seek synergies and strengthen the links and the network between islands, in order to advance to the main challenges faced by the islands of the future - a perfect arena for WASAC. Our Christian Pleijel gave a presentation of WASAC that drew much attention from a large audience including representatives from islands in the Pacific, the Indian Ocean as well as from Carriacou & Petite Martinique (Grenada).
A short seminar (“brown bag lunch”) at the Water Centre of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm February 1st 2018.
Followed by a second seminar on February 15th,during which professor Sara Borgström gave her feedback on the project.
On November 4th 2017, competing with a large number of freshwater-related projects, WASAC was awarded the 2017 prize of the “Greening the Islands” environmental organization during their annual conference on the island of Favignana, an island just off the coast of Sicily.
“We are fighting water waste”, said Christian Pleijel at the ceremony. “Simply put: We produce more water then we need, and we don’t need as much water as we use.”, he concluded.