Over the last decades, the rapid effects of global change, mostly related with population growth, hectic production systems, and environmental and climate variations, have shown the paramount importance of environmental sustainability for the livelihoods of Earth population and should be managed as a cross-cutting priority. Particular attention should be paid to low-income contexts, where a variety of imbalance and vulnerability factors might threaten or irreversibly affect the integrity of the last remaining near-natural ecosystems.
In this framework, the UNESCO Chair in Engineering for Human and Sustainable Development launched the first edition of ESIC’s, a cycle of Environmental Sustainability and International Cooperation webinars aimed at exploring, together with actors of international cooperation and researchers, key environmental challenges of international interest and possible ways forward, drawing from the state of science and from the experience of local contexts. In each webinar a specific topic will be interactively discussed: e.g., water resources, WASH, agriculture, hydrogeological risk and energy.
All the webinars records of the first edition (2020-2021) are free to watch on our Youtube page in the button below.
Water Supply in emergency contexts
Organized with the “Master WASH” (Master Programme in Water Resources Management within International Cooperation of University of Bicocca, Milan). The course is taught by technical personnel of the Italian branch of the Red Cross. It has a strong practical/technical connotation and it aims at developing technical skills for the implementation of effective water supply solutions in emergency context, like those related to conflicts or to natural hazards.
Sustainable Water Use in Agriculture and Mobile Mapping Technologies for expedite field application
Organized by Marco Bezzi (Chair Programme Manager) and taught by Marco Bezzi, Alfonso Vitti (UNITN), Carlo Pellegrini (Nadir NGO), Giorgio Cancelliere, Arianna Facchi, Fabio Fussi (Uni Bicocca Milan), Luca Brentari (Edmund Mach Foundation, Trento). The course has a strong field connotation and it aims at developing expedite practical monitoring skills and abilities for sustainable water resources management, particularly for use in agriculture.