World Environment Day: IOWater promotes adaptation to climate change and sustainable development in France and around the world

05/06/2019

World Environment Day, proclaimed by the United Nations Environment Programme and celebrated each year on 5 June, raises a variety of issues focused on the preservation of natural resources but also on the quality of life of citizens around the world.

Adapting to climate change through training

Climate change is affecting both the quantity and quality of fresh water and aquatic ecosystems. It is mainly manifested by a higher frequency and intensity of extreme hydrological phenomena such as drought and flooding. To adapt to it in a relevant and sustainable way, it is necessary to acquire new skills, both to cope with these increased risks and to better protect and use water resources. It is imperative to ensure optimized water and energy management in public utilities and companies.

For more than 25 years, IOWater's training offer has been constantly evolving in this direction. Thanks to its technological platforms and its network of 30 permanent trainers, to which are added 160 experts and lecturers, IOWater is able to design and carry out "intra-company" and "tailor-made" training in these fields.

  • To find out more, you can consult the catalogue of training courses "Water and adaptation to climate change" of the IOWater National Water Training Centre (NWTC):

International cooperation for the environment

At the heart of IOWater's activities, capacity building is a pillar of the development of actors in the drinking water and sanitation sector in France, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Deploying a skills development project means investing in human resources. The aim is to increase the capacities of professionals at all levels in the water, industry, waste, agriculture and biodiversity sectors... and thus also to improve the service provided to users.

On 16 May 2019, the Minister of Water and Sanitation of Burkina Faso, Mr. OUEDRAOGO, visited the educational facilities of the IOWater sites of Limoges and La Souterraine. This visit is part of a ten-year partnership between IOWater, and the French and Burkinabe Water Agencies. Institutional and technical support are at the heart of these common approaches. Public water policies, integrated water resources management, sanitation, production and access to drinking water as well as the training of professionals were discussed during this visit. We have gathered his testimony, to be discovered below.