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Symposium TASK


The Future of Contaminated Sites

Strategies & Technologies

Made in Germany


“UNESCO


HIDROEX”

Prof.
Octávio

Elísio

Alves de Brito

President of
HidroEX

3
rd

Symposium TASK, June 8th, 2011

WATER: Strategic resource


Around

1
.
2

billion

people

(
20
%

of

the

world’s

population)

do

not

have

access

to

drinkable

water
.

According

to

the

WHO,

about

70
%

of

all

current

medical

care

in

the

world

is

due

to

illnesses

transmitted

by

water
.



In

a

globalized

world

with

a

growing

population

and

demand

for

natural

resources,

particularly

water,

it

is

essential

to

consider

steps

on

the

local,

regional,

and

global

levels
.



WATER: Strategic resource


Brazil

contains

12
%

of

the

freshwater

on

the

planet

and

probably

25
%

of

all

known

species

of

fish
.



But,

it

has

few

water

and

sewage

treatment

systems

and

its

sewers

run

into

bodies

of

water

without

treatment
.

This

results

in

degradation

of

the

environment

and

losses

in

aquatic

biodiversity
.



13

Brazilian

hydrographic

basins

are

located

in

Minas

Gerais

State


UNESCO


Recognizing

freshwater

is

essential

to

life

and

to

sustainable

development,

UNESCO

supports

many

projects,

some

of

which

are

long
-
term

projects,

such

as

the

International

Hydrological

Program

(IHP),

which

is

in

its

7
th

phase
.



As

part

of

the

change

in

bringing

water

to

the

top

of

the

international

agenda,

UNESCO

initiated

a

process

to

create

category

II

centres

by

the

Members

States
.

They

organize

their

work

in

accordance

with

the

decisions

of

the

UNESCO

general

Council
.



There

are

some

23

centres

Category

II
.




HidroEX

is

one

of

those

centres

and

one

of

only

a

few

which

is

a

true

educational

institution
.

UNESCO
-
HIDROEX


International Centre for Education, Capacity Building
and Applied Research in Water




A CATEGORY II CENTRE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF
UNESCO



Linked to the State Secretariat of Science,
Technology and Higher Education


SECTES



State

of

MINAS GERAIS
-

BRAZIL


Belo
Horizonte

Frutal

Brasília
,



Rio de Janeiro

São Paulo

FRUTAL


TRIÂNGULO MINEIRO


Basin of the Rio da Prata river


In Guarani aquifer, one of the largest underground
water reserves in the world


Multiple use of water:



15 dams for hydroelectricity



Sanitation



Industry and agriculture:
sugar cane (ethanol and
sugar), corn, soybeans, pasture, etc.



Education

and

professional

training



Applied

research

in

water
,

in

conjunction

with

knowledge

centers

institutions

and

government

agencies

in

the

fields

of

environment,

water

and

water

resources,

and

with

the

society

at

large


Strong

commitment

to

the

sustainable

development



Actions

in

Minas

Gerais,

Brazil,

Latin

America

and

Portuguese

Speaking

Countries
.

What we do

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL
TRAINING PROGRAM

Core

business

of

HidroEX,

whose

intention

is

to

work

in

partnership

with

UNESCO

IHE,

and

Brazilian

universities

to

offer
:


short courses (1 to 3 weeks courses)


executive workshops of a short duration (02 days)


training of practitioners /experts through short courses


masters, PhD and post
-
doc harmonized with research programs


Key fields
identified are


Integrated River Basin Management


Water Quality assessment


Sustainable sanitation

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION


It

assumes

that

all

are

responsible

for

sustainable

water

use

and

that

the

learning

starts

at

school,

at

home,

in

the

community,

in

the

city

we

live,

in

the

watershed

where

we

live
.


Presume

intervention

in

the

reality,

a

process

linked

to

the

everyday

reality

of

the

learner
.



Educating

for

change

requires

solidarity

and

cooperation,

integrating

educators,

students

and

community
.



Education

is

completed

by

actual

acts
.



The

Environmental

education

builds

citizenship

leading

to

a

collective

commitment

to

build

an

Environmental

Management

Program
.

How to do: EDUCATION FOR
WATERS IN BASIC EDUCATION


Teachers, students and community


Production of Didactic Material


Environmental recovery and sustainable management of
basins




Pilot project: Frutal and the Frutal Micro
-
Basin



Pilot Project: municipalities in the Uberaba River basin



Participation in the Consortium of Municipalities for the
Recovery of Rio Grande river


DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS IN
FRUTAL


It

is

important

that

HIDROEX

develops

meaningful

activities

in

the

environs

of

Frutal

and

success

stories

in

good

and

sustainable

water

management

are

demonstrated

in

the

immediate

vicinity
.

From

the

local,

national

and

international

level
.


NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

With main
universities

in Minas Gerais as:

UEMG, UFOP, UFTM,UFMG

And with

reference Institutions as
:


EMBRAPA

-

Brazilian Agricultural Research
Corporation


ANA
-

National Agency for Water


IGAM

-

Minas Gerais Institute for Management
of Waters





INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS:



UNESCO
-
IHE,


Institute for Water Education,


UNESCO Category I Centre , Delft


The Netherlands


CPLP


Community for the Portuguese Speaking
Countries


Cousteau Foundation


International Hydrological Program for Latin America
and the Caribbean (Montevideo)

PARTNERSHIP WITH TASK


How can we cooperate?


WORKPLAN 2011

(for HidroEx with support from UNESCO
-
IHE)

WORKPLAN
-

2011


EDUCATION


Pilot Project in “Education for Waters” in
Frutal/Uberaba.
Associated to the Basin Recovery
Plans


Cousteau Program for Environmental Education in
Classroom. Tropicalization of the Didactic Material


Extend pilot experience to the Consortium of
Municipalities for the Recovery of the Rio Grande


Implementation of Education Centre for Waters, in
Uberaba


WORKPLAN 2011


EDUCATION


Staff
Development
: HIDROEX, UEMG,
Partners


Higher Education degree, supported by UNESCO
-
IHE


MsC

Delft


2 short
courses

in
Frutal


1 short
course

in
Africa


Water Resources Management Course with the
UFMG’s partnership


E
-
learning


Open University, Brazil


“Ecological basis for sustainable development”




WORKPLAN 2011


TRAINING OF PRACTIONERS/EXPERTS through short
courses (IGAM/ANA


Watersheds Forum)


Watersheds Managers


Environmental Managers in Municipalities


Training of hydrometric technicians


E
-
learning using a network of videoconference rooms


WORKPLAN 2011

Work in Africa (CPLP / UNESCO
-
IHE)



Workshop to define
common

agenda
of

courses


Consortium of Project “A Global Water
Campus in Mozambique”

(IHE, University of
Delft, University Eduardo
Mondlane

and
Education for Waters of Mozambique
Institute, HIDROEX)


WORKPLAN 2011

Latin America work (with UNESCO
-
LAC
)



“IHP Strategies for Latin America and
Caribbean”



Meeting of the Category II Centers from Latin
American and Caribbean, Dominican Republic,
June 2011


WORKPLAN 2011

SÃO FRANCISCO REVITALIZATION POLE


Pirapora


Pilot Project from the
Três

Marias Dam to the Rio das
Velhas

Border.


School

Boat


CITY OF WATERS IMPLEMENTATION AND CONSOLIDATION


Opening of the first step in September, with UNESCO
-
IHP

SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS ABOUT URBANS FLOODS


In the Science and Technology National Week

SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCIES IN EDUCATION FOR WATERS
SEMINAR (UNESCO
-
LAC)


DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS IN
FRUTAL



It

is

important

that

HIDROEX

develops

meaningful

activities

in

the

environs

of

Frutal

and

success

stories

in

good

and

sustainable

water

management

are

demonstrate

in

the

immediate

vicinity
.

From

the

local

national

and

international

level
.

Thank you!!

Prof. Octávio Elísio Alves de Brito

President

of

HidroEX