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Aragon - Spain

September 27-28, 2012

Aragon experiences in drought management aroused the interest of a French delegation

The French delegation interests focused on the water management activities carried out by the Aragon Water Institute and the Aragon Regional Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Environment. These activities include a wide range of actions covering from water demand management to raise of awareness campaigns or public participation.
The mission took place in the framework of the European project WATER CoRe, in which 14 bodies from 7 European regions take part.

Aragon experiences in drought management aroused the interest of a French delegation

As a consequence of the interest of Hérault in the several projects on water scarcity and drought developed in Aragon, a French delegation visited that region last 27-28 September.

This visit takes place in the framework of WATER CoRe, an EU project funded by INTERREG IVC in which the Aragon Water Institute and the Aragon Regional Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Environment take part together with other 12 bodies of 6 European regions.

The French delegation showed special interest in studying Aragon experiences on water demand management, water management in drought periods, climate change effects, and raise of awareness as well as social participation.

The aim of the mission was to learn in depth the mentioned experiences in order to adapt them to Hérault conditions and to enable the creation of common strategies to tackle drought, water scarcity and climate change.


Technical study visits

On 27th September morning the French delegation visited the Urban Environment Class-room- The Indiscreet Street. There, several presentations on Aragon communication and raise of awareness campaigns regarding the responsible use of water were given. More specifically, the French delegation learnt on the communication plan of the “Aragon Strategy on Climate Change and Clean Energies”, the artistic and plural vision on water challenges collected in the book “Aragon: the Water Book” and the children play “The Crazy Story of Water”.

In the afternoon, the French delegation visited the town Calatayud, where a pilot action on field irrigation has been developed obtaining water and energy savings thanks to an efficient water management as well as to renewal energies use. This action was started-up by SARGA (a public company belonging to the Aragon Regional Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Environment) in the framework of the European project Life-POWER.

On 28th September, the French delegation learnt about the sanitation tax that Aragon implements as well as the pilot experience on management that allows assessing the agro-environmental impact of irrigation lands, to draft seasonal hydric balances and to reuse water from irrigation. On that day’s afternoon a visit to the town Ejea de los Caballeros was paid in order to visit the Irrigator’s Board of Bardenas Channel, were visitors could learn about the re-growth of Yesa reservoir, the water management in Bardenas and the pioneer irrigation and control of irrigation systems developed in this area.

 

This project is cofinanced by the ERDF and made possible by the INTERREG IVC programme

 

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

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