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AguaSociaL Report Summary

Project ID: 612633
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Italy

Periodic Report Summary 1 - AGUASOCIAL (Social Innovation in the Water Treatment Sector in the Amazon)

AguaSociAL is a 5-partner mobility EU FP7 IRSES project between the Universita degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy), Leeds Beckett University (United Kingdom), the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil) and the Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (Brazil). This 48-month joint exchange programme aims to strengthen research cooperation and knowledge sharing between Brazil and Europe within the water related sciences. This venture provides on-site training related to the rationale and benefits of water treatment techniques and technologies combined with social innovation approaches. AguaSociAL sseek to investigate and support community-driven development techniques and technologies for improving access to Water. This approach responds to the Europe 2020 Strategy of ‘promoting social innovation for the most vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the provision of innovative education and training”, AguaSociAL aims at facilitating Research and Development activities that focus on the Amazonian Region, and explores a range of issues, including: environmental protection; socio-economic factors and sustainable development, with a specific emphasis on water treatment and social innovations by local communities (especially vulnerable ones). Research is undertaken to identify existing and potential water treatment, reuse, recycling and sanitation technologies that are socially accepted and community owned. Such an approach should enable the linkage of scientific and traditional local knowledge, while simultaneously supporting a co-learning process towards more sustainable development.
The project concluded its second year of implementation and has so far gone through the first phase of mobility with Brazilian partner institutions visiting for periods ranging from 1 to 3 months European partners. Almost all the foreseen secondments have been fulfilled and the remaining ones shall be completed in the following months. On the other hand, some of the secondments initially planned for the second two years have been anticipated, thus increasing interaction and transfer of knowledge between the cooperating institutions.
Numerous trainings and transfer of knowledge activities have been organized within each secondment block, workshops have been organized and attended, thus spreading and disseminating project research fields and promoting networking and new cooperation schemes.
Joint research activities are ongoing in the target fields of the project.

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