Students in Sofia discuss innovation in water resource management

Experts from Randbee Consultants, Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe and Global Water Partnership Bulgaria held a meeting with professors, students and young researchers from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy on 19 September in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The event was organized in the frame of the WaterInnEU project and had the goal to discuss the engagement of young people in the water resource management. It brought together experts from Bulgaria, Slovakia, Italy, and the Netherlands who lead projects focusing on youth involvement.

Bart Devos from Young Water Solutions and previous president of the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW) presented its mission and activities. The WYPW is a network of young people from over 80 countries who are advocating for universal access to water and sanitation. Being acknowledged by the UN, the WYPW have had the opportunity to have a say on different issues in connection with the SDGs as well.

The participants of the meeting were especially interested in the e-learning product Aquasurvey, presented by Mr. Andrea Leone from Randbee Consultants. The aim of the product, which covers different areas of water use, is to enable its users to carry out own surveys connected with water. He also presented e-learning modules of the WaterInnEU project.

Representatives of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy presented the main areas of work and research of the university, which are irrigation, melioration, and hydrology, river basins, as well as data collection.

The discussions following all presentations made it clear that all participants are interested in collaboration between the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, the Joint Research Center, WaterInnEU project experts and Young Water Solutions.