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Save Water for an Horizon of Opportunities
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

When European citizens think about water shortage they think about a problem affecting only developing countries threatened by desertification and devastated by wars and conflicts. The general feeling is that they have little to do with an issue they don’t really perceive as a problem: The World Bank, in fact, reports that 80 countries now have water shortages that threaten health and economies while 40 percent of the world - more than 2 billion of people - have no access to clean water or sanitation. The same is to say about the production and manufacturing sector, which make a wide use of water resources and usually lack a programme for water use reduction. The project aims to raise awareness on the global issue of water shortage and to favour the possibility to launch a model for the adoption of sustainable water consumption models in European SMEs, with a double aim: reduction of both their water footprint and the costs due to water resources supply. Main aim of the project is to develop an e-learning course for managers of companies to introduce them to the Water Footprint Assessment (WFA) and some of the tools which will be transferred and adapted to support water footprint calculation and assessment (calculator and WFA). In short the project aims to develop the innovative curriculum of Water Footprint Managers. The goal will be reached adapting the materials and tools object of this transfer and which has been developed previously especially for families’ use. The purpose of the course will be to help managers (non-technical people) learn the basic concepts of the water footprint and WFA and to begin thinking about how they could use the WFA in their business to reduce: 1) physical risk (loss of access to water); 2) regulatory risk (governments step in when water is managed unsustainably); 3) reputational risk (if companies are using water unsustainably or are polluting water they risk public reaction) and 4) financial risk (access to water may become more expensive as competition for water increases). The adaptability and transferability of the course will be assured by the implementation of the ECVET system to the Water Footprint Manager curriculum. The consortium has mobilized the necessary and required sets of skills to meet the aims of the project. For this reason, the consortium consists of SME representatives, private companies, research and education centres, not for profit bodies all strongly involved in the topic assuring a multi-actor and transnational partnership and a high quality implementation for the activities. The tangible outcomes of the project are a multi-language e-learning course and other training materials to be published on project website enriched with the latest solution in terms of interactive learning solutions as online tests for assessment, promotional materials for meetings, reports on analyses to be carried out prior to the launching of the testing phase of the project, visibility materials connected to the activities of the project. All the existing materials and the new one adapted and created will be provided in all the 6 national languages of the partners plus English, fostering this way the wider dissemination of the products developed.
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