Date: Thursday, 13 April 2023
Time: 17:00 Istanbul / 16:00 Central Europe / 15:00 Portugal / 13:00 Cape Verde / 10:00 New York
Connect on Zoom: https://undp.zoom.us/j/82073533437
*The main language for the event is English with live interpretation in Portuguese.
Cape Verde is a country deeply affected by water scarcity. The increased droughts and sea level rise that is causing the salination of the groundwater will have deep effects in the archipelago’s water reserves. For this reason, the improvement of wastewater treatment is of upmost importance to increase water availability for non-potable applications, such as the irrigation of fields and green spaces, street and car washing, among others.
Phos-Value is an innovative project implemented by AquaInSilico, that worked on developing the capacity of Cape Verde’s wastewater treatment sector to improve its water quality using AquaInSilico’s pioneering digital intelligence tool - UPWATER® - and the industry’s best practices. AquaInSilico and its PhosValue project is one of the first cohort of eight innovations selected in 2021 and supported by UNDP, with funding from Sida and Norad, to help accelerate SDG 14 target 1 - Reduce marine pollution.
To increase the impact and outreach of the project, a consortium was formed composed of Portuguese and Cape Verdean entities including Agência Nacional de Água e Saneamento (ANAS), Águas de Santiago (AdS), Águas de Portugal Internacional (AdPI), NOVA University of Lisbon and Portuguese Water Partnership (PWP).
The two-year implementation of Phos-Value solutions in the pilot wastewater treatment plant in Santa Catarina, Cape Verde enabled a significant reduction of pollutant emissions to water bodies, preventing eutrophication and contributing to better ocean and human health. Additionally, the project was able to gather insights on how to achieve a circular economy through the reuse of treated water and other value-added products, such as biofertilizers, that could be used to promote new revenue streams and business models. Phos-Value deeply focused on capacitating the technical teams, equipment acquisition for laboratory analysis, and control of plant operation. The results achieved so far is beginning to create a positive impact on the social, environmental, and economic sectors in Cape Verde.
AquaInSilico is delighted to present, through this capstone event, the results achieved by the implementation of Phos-Value sustainable solutions over these two years in Santa Catarina, Cape Verde, and to help increase awareness on the importance of the wastewater treatment, and promote a circular model in wastewater sector, transforming this into a more sustainable and greener sector.
The capstone event aims to:
- Present the outcomes of the Phos-Value project, the benefits accomplished and its impact on Cape Verdean wastewater sector and economy;
- Show the potential of UPWATER® in improving the wastewater treatment sector through reduced operational costs and enhanced efficiency, and how this digital tool facilitates the replication of Phos-Value in other wastewater treatment plants;
- Clarify how the wastewater treatment sector is a key actor in addressing ocean pollution and water scarcity, and in promoting circular economy.
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