Water quality is a critical challenge in Asia in the context of growing industrialization, urbanization and climate change. Nature-based solutions (NBS), such as constructed wetlands, biofilters, rain gardens and floating parks, could play an important role in reducing urban water pollution, while making cities more livable and resilient. This is the context of the project Integrated assessment of existing practices and development of pathways for the effective integration of nature-based water treatment in urban areas in Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Vietnam (2021-2023), led by RMIT University (Australia) and funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, of which the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona (UB) is an associate partner to provide technical advice. Other project partners are two universities from Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Can Tho University), one from the Philippines (University of the Philippines Los Banos) and one from Sri Lanka (University of Peradeniya). The main objective of the project is to enhance knowledge and capacities for integrating nature-based water treatment technologies in water management and planning across cities in Asia. Specifically, the project will compile and analyse the experiences of existing pilot and demonstration projects in six cities in Southeast Asia and it will develop and test a methodology and guidelines that can be used to support the establishment, maintenance and scaling of nature-based water treatment.
INOWASIA on FSUB Website: https://www.solidaritat.ub.edu/inow-asia-apc/?lang=en
INOWASIA is an Erasmus + Capacity Building Higher Education project that promotes a joint action of 11 organisations across 5 countries (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, France and Spain) to train a new generation of water professionals in Southeast Asia. More info