Itaipu takes experience in sustainable management to the World Water Forum

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The company helped organize the event by leading the working group “Improving cooperation in multi-purpose infrastructure, including hydroelectric power”

Itaipu Binacional is participating in the 9th World Water Forum, held between March 21 and 25 in Dakar, Senegal. The company helped organize the event by leading the working group “Improving cooperation in multi-purpose infrastructure, including hydroelectric power”, linked to the priority theme “Cooperation”.

This Wednesday (23), Itaipu’s professionals participated in a session on the management of multipurpose dams, opened by Daniel Alejando Vazquez, of the Environmental Management Superintendence of Itaipu on the Paraguayan margin of the company. He presented the main results obtained in the online meetings “Towards the 9th World Water Forum”, which gathered professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean online, from March 8 to 10.

The session also had the participation of Jussara Elias de Souza, from the Reservoir Division, who presented, along with Gustavo Posseti, from the Paraná Sanitation Company (Sanepar), the lecture “Cooperation to promote water and energy security: connecting actors and generating value from sustainable sewage treatment systems”.

Jussara and Gustavo reported the technical and financial cooperation between Itaipu, Sanepar, and Itaipu Technology Park – Brazil (PTI-BR) on the “Implementation of Sustainable Sanitary Sewage Systems”, benefiting existing sewage systems in Medianeira, Itaipulândia, and Santa Helena and implementing new sewage collection and treatment systems in Missal, Ramilândia and Serranópolis do Iguaçu, all cities in Western Paraná.

Signed in 2020, the partnership has resources of around R$ 74 million and the agreement has a five-year term. It contemplates the development of innovative engineering projects and the execution of sewage infrastructure works to promote social and environmental advances in the cities, and contribute to the improvement of the quality of water bodies in the region and the quality of life of the population.

The session was moderated by the general manager of the Semaf hydroelectric plant in Senegal, Abdoulaye Dia. Among the lectures, Carlos Granell Ninot, from the Spanish National Committee on Large Dams, spoke about “Hydraulic regulation as a solution for climate change mitigation and energy transition”; and Alex Campbell, from the International Association of Hydroelectricity (IHA) presented “Building the next generation of hydroelectric power to meet Net Zero”.

9th World Water Forum

The Forum was opened on Monday (21), with the presence of leaders and various heads of state, including the president of Senegal, Macky Sall. At the opening, the Presidents of Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Mauritania, the Emperor of Japan, the President of the Commission of the European Union, and the President of the World Bank spoke.

“The Water Forum today focuses on the importance of water security for development and peace. Population growth and increased water use are creating water scarcity and intense competition for water. Ongoing climate change increases the water crisis, which is evident in Africa”, said World Bank President David Malpass.

The event, whose theme is “Peace for sustainability and development”, is one of the most relevant technical-scientific spaces in the world focused on the issue of water and aims to propose solutions to the problems related to this topic on a global scale.

It is organized by the World Water Council, founded in 1956, with headquarters in France, and is composed of about 300 institutions related to water resources in approximately 50 countries. Itaipu Binacional has been a member of the Council since 2006 and has participated actively in the World Water Forum since its creation.