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Youth awarded for innovation at the WFES and IWS

With sustainable development being an important challenge for future generations, the Green Ideas Expo awards, organised in partnership with Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and conducted during the 2013 World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, hosted by Masdar, will go a long way to ensuring that the youth of the region are actively involved in developing solutions for a greener, cleaner world.

 The Green Ideas Expo coincided with global celebrations for the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation, and the aim of the awards was to encourage young people to develop innovative solutions for regional and global water and energy challenges. The winners were decided by the highest votes received from visitors during WFES and IWS 2013.

The team of Anjania Malpani, Dahrof Pakashi and Abhidi Soryeaih was awarded first place, with Omar Al Ameri and Sultan Al Kaabi, two Emirati students with scholarships from ADWEA, coming in second place and third place respectively.

Explaining the idea behind the winning project, Anjania Malpani said: “The idea was to turn mechanical power into electricity by walking on certain materials such as crystal in what is called pressurized electricity. The team will initially adopt this idea at Dubai Airport and Abu Dhabi Airport which witness a high percentage of passenger traffic”.

Runner-up Omar Al Ameri said: “My project was to produce water and electricity from heat extracted through deep wells from the ground where temperatures reach 300°C. After digging the wells, a liquid is extracted and then injected into a desalination plant to produce water and electricity. This project does not require any fuels and unlike solar power, which is available only at daytime, it can be carried out any time throughout the year”.

The winning team received a cash prize of US$2,000, with the second place receiving US$1,000, and the third place receiving US$500.

 

 

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World Tourism Day on “Tourism and Water”: greater efforts on water preservation needed

Last Friday marked the United Nations´ calendar day highlighting tourism, a sector that is driving socioeconomic growth and development all over the world. On World Tourism Day 2013, dedicated to “Tourism and Water – Protecting Our Common Future” in line with the International Year of Water Cooperation, stakeholders called for greater global efforts in water preservation

Opening the official celebrations of World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013, hosted this year by the Maldives, President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik said “Solutions to the Maldives´ water challenges are in the tourism sector. I hope that the industry will pay attention to the way the Maldives has been addressing the water challenge. The Maldives must become an example of what can be done.”

The call by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the responsibility of the tourism sector to safeguard and intelligently manage water was echoed by UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai: “As one of the world’s leading socio-economic activities, the tourism sector must take a leadership role and ensure companies and destinations invest in adequate water management throughout the value chain.”

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of the Maldives, Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoo, stressed how “tourism has become a powerful force for environmental preservation and protection. For our country, the tourism sector constitutes a priority because it is an important asset for the creation of wealth and employment.”

“This is a crucial issue for PATA and its members. The growth of the tourism sector brings inevitable challenges of balancing sustainability. We are delighted to join the celebrations of World Tourism Day and support this important and timely initiative here in the Maldives” said Martin Craigs, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Tourism to lead in water preservation

As the highlight of WTD 2013, a high-level Think Tank on Tourism and Water gathered leading experts on water preservation, public and private sector tourism stakeholders and media experts to discuss key issues contributing to a more sustainable water future.

The following are the key insights of the Think Tank conclusions:

  • The Maldives is a paradigm of well-managed and sustainable water use in developing island States, where the availability of fresh water and the level of water consumption for tourism have become a particular concern.
  • With over one billion people traveling the world every year, the tourism sector can play an educational role as a water-conscious sector.
  • Though tourism only uses 1% of global water consumption, challenges remain for water use at destinations, since the sector often competes with other sectors for water.
  • There is significant room for increasing efficiency and reducing cost of water consumption in hotels (water accounts for 10% of utility bills in many hotels, most of which pay for the water they consume twice, first in buying fresh water and by disposing of it as wastewater).
  • Investing in green technology is economically beneficial, with profits from water sanitation and wastewater treatment having a return on investment (ROI) of one to three years.
  • Given tourism´s size and reach, the sector is well-positioned to make areal contribution to preserving the world´s precious water resources.

 

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