We often hear that researchers are detached from reality and trapped in ivory towers. Well, to prove all this wrong, this year to celebrate its 175th anniversary, during the Dies Natalis, TU Delft granted a PhD honoris causa to Manuel Alvarinho of CRA for his groundbreaking work in the water and sanitation sector in Mozambique and we could not be happier. Continue reading
by André and Paul Loth (Dunea)
As I wrote before, we organized a workshop in Maputo on the 6th of July, together with Unesco-IHE, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and Dunea, to present the Integrated Managed Aquifer Recharge Concept (IMARC). Since the 1950-ies Dunea applies Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) in the coastal dunes of the Netherlands, now providing 1.3 million people with high-quality drinking water. Dunea’s area of operation is around Scheveningen in the West of the country, close to The Hague. Dunea gradually added nature conservation and recreational use as a prototype IMARC – the protected dune areas around Scheveningen yearly receive one million recreational visitors. In the case of Mozambique, we see IMARC as a way of preventing saline intrusion, already a serious issue in some areas of Maputo, while protecting the environment.
For the workshop UEM provided a large and comfortable auditorium and logistic support. UEM also arranged simultaneous translation, which allowed the participants who did not understand Portuguese to follow the presentations and the plenary discussions without problems. We are indebted to UEM for the invaluable support given in organizing the workshop, without them the workshop would not have been such an outstanding success.
We are now in the final stages of organizing the workshop in Maputo about Aquifer Recharge and you can now download a preliminary program. We have already received several confirmations and we are looking forward to meeting you all.
At the beginning of 2015 NWO launched a second call with the theme Urbanising Deltas of the World:
Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW) has launched its second call for proposals, which aims to fund research & innovation projects that address business challenges in deltas in developing countries. Proposals could be submitted until 16 March 2015
In the first call we were one of seven selected projects with a Water Reuse project. This time around, we submitted a proposal around the concept of Integrated Managed Aquifer Recharge and as before we teamed up with amazing partners, including Unesco-IHE, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane FIPAG, ARA Sul, Dunea, Royal HaskoningDHV, Het Waterlaboratorium, AquaforAll, VitensEvides International, Elemental Water Makers and Deltares.
Given that our consortium passed the first approval phase, NWO asked us to organize a workshop involving relevant stakeholders and conducting a joint problem analysis. With this in mind, we are organizing a workshop in the city of Maputo on the 6th of July 2015. You can find more information about the workshop here.
Finally, if you are interested in participating in the workshop, do not hesitate to contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.