Conference on Monitoring, Modelling and Management of Water Pollution

The environment is under serious pressure today. Water is the source of everything, without water there is no life possible. Water pollution is one of the most important problems of our time. A good knowledge of the water cycle, as well as the causes and consequences of water pollution, is therefore extremely important to address this problem. Water is purified both naturally and humanly, but prevention is always better than cure, of course.

Water Pollution 2018 is the 14th International Conference in the Water Pollution Monitoring, Modelling and Management series. This type of conference has always been very successful as it provides a forum for discussion between scientists, managers and academics from different areas of water pollution. The information exchanged at this international meeting continues to be of great use to all those involved.

Growing water pollution combined with population growth and rising consumption of fresh water is creating a shortage of drinking water and available water supplies. The fauna and flora of our planet also suffer enormously from this pollution.

Given the paucity of available data, it is important that experiences are shared internationally. A continuous exchange of information between scientists from different countries is therefore essential.

The following list covers the topics to be presented at the meeting:

  • Water contamination
  • Monitoring, modelling and forecasting
  • Water management
  • Wastewater management
  • Groundwater and aquifers
  • Flood damage Freshwater quality
  • Coastal and offshore pollution
  • Health risk studies
  • Agricultural contamination
  • Industrial pollution
  • Water reusage
  • Emerging technologies
  • Socio-economic-political consequences
  • Population and climate change
  • Education and training

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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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