Abaqua advocates collaboration and innovation for sustainable water management in Alcúdia

Feb 23, 2024 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Balearic Agency for Water and Environmental Quality promotes in the Majorcan municipality a day of sustainable management within the framework of the European project LIFE WAT’SAVEREUSE

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The multipurpose hall of Can Ramis, in Alcúdia, has hosted this morning the day of sustainable water management within the framework of the European project LIFE WAT’SAVEREUSE, to raise awareness in the tourism sector and promote good practices for saving and reusing water. This event, promoted by the Balearic Agency for Water and Environmental Quality (ABAQUA) and organized by the Alliance for Water, has detailed the current framework of water policies and regulations that affect both the municipality and the tourism sector.

The conference, which was supported by the Agency for Tourism Strategy of the Balearic Islands (AETIB), the Chemical Industry Cluster of the Balearic Islands (CliqIB) and the support of the Alcúdia Town Council, addressed the environmental problems of water scarcity and drought, a particularly pressing challenge in the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. With a resident population of 15 million people, which is greatly exceeded by the more than 68 million annual tourists, sustainable water management is presented as an imperative need.

The opening of the event was welcomed by Fina Linares, mayor of Alcúdia; Pere Joan Planas, director of AETIB, and Kristin Baumann, project manager of CliqIB, who highlighted the importance of intersectoral collaboration to address water sustainability.

After the introduction, two presentations focused on the framework of water management on the islands of Mallorca and Alcúdia. Gabriel Serra, ABAQUA technician, presented the Mallorcan water infrastructures, and Cels García, professor of physical geography at the University of the Balearic Islands, addressed the relationship between water and tourism on the island.

After a short break, the day continued with examples of good practices in tourist areas, presented by Mar Vera, from Alcudiamar; Erica Garcia, from Garden Hotels; Viola Ammesdörfer, PhD from the UIB; and Pablo Riera-Marsá, CEO of the Sea Club Resort. These presentations illustrated sustainability strategies implemented in the tourism sector.

The culmination of the day was a round table that brought together all the speakers to discuss the challenges and lessons learned in the search for sustainable water use in the tourism sector, providing a platform for exchange rich in perspectives and solutions. The closing speech was given by Pablo Riera-Marsá, who reaffirmed the hotel sector’s commitment to water sustainability.

The event not only served to share knowledge and experiences but also to reaffirm the collective commitment to the adoption of practices that contribute to the sustainable management of water, an increasingly valuable resource in our society.