The three Balearic partners of the European LIFE+ WAT’SAVEREUSE project (Balearic Water Agency, Balearic Islands Tourism Strategy Agency (AETIB) and the Chemical Industry Cluster of the Balearic Islands (CliQib)), are joining in the celebration of World Water Day by calling for the reduction of water consumption and its reuse in tourist environments.
This year, this event, promoted by the United Nations, is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of keeping aquifers in good condition. In the Balearic Islands, the care of aquifers is more important than in many other places, as the absence of rivers makes aquifers the main source of supply for human consumption.
In a context of a climatic emergency, which particularly affects the Mediterranean basin, saving and reusing water is the only way to guarantee the availability of the resource for future generations. And, in an archipelago where tourism is the main economic driver, it is more necessary than ever to count on the complicity of the industry and its customers.
With the aim of promoting the benefits of reducing water consumption and its reuse in tourist environments, LIFE+ WAT’SAVEREUSE is drawing up good practice guides and a reference repository of new water technologies to be made available to companies and administrations linked to the tourism sector. Workshops and meetings will also be held with the tourism sector and local administrations to communicate these water-saving and reuse measures. An awareness-raising campaign aimed at tourists is also underway and will be broadcast this summer.
The ultimate aim of the project is to contribute to mitigating the problem of water shortages in the Balearic Islands by improving the water cycle throughout the value chain of the tourism sector. In this sense, the implementation of saving and reuse measures will result in the reduction of pressure on aquifers and their recovery, increasing the resilience of the islands to future droughts in the current context of climate emergencies.
LIFE+ WAT’SAVEREUSE has a duration of three years and a budget of 1.5 million euros. For its development, it has a consortium of 9 partners from Catalonia, Occitania and the Balearic Islands, in which the AETIB, the Balearic Water Agency and the CLIQIB participate.