1° Congreso Argentino de ASAGAI

The Argentine Association of Geology Applied to Engineering (ASAGAI), Argentine National Group of the International Association for Engineering and the Environment (IAEG), invites you to participate in the Congress to be held on 22, 23 and 24 August 2018 in the city of San Luis, in the province of the same name.

The Association, created in 1975, organized in September 1981 the First Symposium of Geology Applied to Engineering and after the XI Symposium of Geology Applied to Engineering and the Environment, held in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires in 2015, decided that the event organized every three years modify its name according to the hierarchy that it has reached over time.

It is a new stage that is opening up, that of the ASAGAI congresses, with the particularity that the first one will take place in the same area as the 1981 Symposium: the City of San Luis.

Geology Applied to Engineering is defined in the statute of the International Association for Engineering and the Environment (IAEG) as “the science of research, study and solution of environmental and engineering problems arising as a result of the interaction between geology and human activities and works, as well as of the prediction and development of measures to anticipate or correct geological hazards”.

Geology Applied to Engineering includes: “the definition of the geomorphology, structure, stratigraphy, lithology and aquifers of geological formations, the chemical and hydraulic properties of all materials involved in construction, resource extraction and environmental modification; the assessment of the hydrological and mechanical behaviour of soils and rocky massifs; the prediction of changes in the above properties over time; the determination of the parameters to be taken into account in the analysis of the stability of engineering works and land; the maintenance and improvement of the environmental condition of the land”.

Program

Increased access to water and knowledge to increase autonomy

This project focuses its efforts on the basic access to water of the communities of the municipality of San Ildefonso Ixtahuacan. To this end, direct access to water will be given to families of the communities that by their height and geographic dispersion, they do not have access to sources that they refuel of the minimum water necessary to cover their basic necessities, through the construction of 126 cisterns of Rainwater collection, these families will be accompanied in processes of formation and accompaniment in subjects of sustainable agriculture, nutrition, reforestation, personal growth and defense of the territory and accompanying the community authorities in water-related management and incidents.

AFOPADI, the local counterpart, has a lot of experience in training, uses methodologies based on education and the methodology of peasant and uses training in all its projects as a engine of profound changes in people.

In addition, the integral management of water will be improved in the Experimental training center that AFOPADI has in one of the communities of the municipality. On the other hand, it will work during the execution of the project, together with the counterpart and the municipality in the elaboration of a study of Integral water management of the microwatershed of the municipality and its communities.

Drinking water from wells in Togo

The main problem of the attic region is water scarcity. It has a deficit of 65% in the water supply to the populations.

It’s no secret that Africa has water issues. People in developed countries have known this for a long time, and organizations and governments everywhere have been trying to make a transformation.

The main concern is the inability to find fresh, clean water for drinking. Most people in Africa rely on surface water and don’t have the technology or the money to dig wells to harvest groundwater. Meanwhile Africa is an arid continent, surface water evaporates regularly, and when that’s joined with the strain placed on these bodies of water by large populations, the result is a retreating water table through the continent.

Togo is a tropical country in the sub-Saharan nation, whose economy depends extremely on agriculture.

The project “potable water from the source” start in 2006 with the phase 1 envisages the construction of large diameter wells with large areas of protection around to fix the soils, to promote the filtration of water and to stop the recession of the groundwater level, as well as activities of training and sensitization of the beneficiary rural populations.

To help overcome this situation, the phase II of the project is launched in 2009 with the realization of 12 new wells in eight villages of two cantons. In addition to the actions focused on the supply of drinking water, protect the environment and promote sanitation, this project considers in the training, competences and capacities of the members of the CAS, the delegates PHAST, the members of the development committees and the women’s associations through literacy.

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