The ACCBAT Project: an example of development cooperation
Since February 2014, ICU has been implementing a series of seminaries in Italian major Universities (Bari, Firenze, Milano, Napoli, Pisa, Reggio Calabria, Salerno, Viterbo) in the framework of the WSWC project “Water Scarcity and Water Cooperation in the Mediterranean basin”. It is a Development Education and Awareness Raising project addressed to Italian students and co-financed by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs that ICU proposed and developed in order to further promote the visibility of ACCBAT in Italy and to establish a participative dialogue on water issues too.
Professors of involved Universities and experts of the River Po Basin Authority (ACCBAT partner), INEA (National Institute of Agrarian Economy-Italy), ANGA (National Association of Young Farmers), CIRP (Union of Universities of Puglia Region), Rivers Liri-Garigliano-Volturno Authority and, the Municipality of Milano supported the project.
The seminars focused on issues such as water shortages and climate change within the Southern Mediterranean countries (with a special attention to Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia), similarities with problems affecting EU countries, common projects and partnerships. In each seminar, a great emphasis was given to ACCBAT, reinforcing its visibility and profiting from different experiences by all the actors involved in other cooperation and/or research projects on water issues in the Mediterranean basin.
In particular, on June 4th, 2014, ICU held a WSWC seminar at the University of Milan with the participation of Daniele Bonetti, ACCBAT Communication Manager, and Alessandra Cominetti, former UniMi student and actually staffed on ACCBAT project in Lebanon. She shared her experience and presented all the ACCBAT partners including the donor (EU), the Programme (ENPI CBC Med) and the JMA (Regione Sardegna). Moreover, she gave an exhaustive explanation of all the running project activities as a starting point for a discussion about development cooperation with professors and students.