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In the 8th WWF, Itaipu reinforces the position of world reference in water management
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26/03/2018
Itaipu Binacional finishes on this Friday (23) its participation in the eighth and largest edition of the history of the World Water Forum (WWF). Since last weekend, more than 100 thousand people, from 172 countries, have passed through the structure set up near Mané Garrincha National Stadium, in Brasília (DF).
 
 
The company was present in four side events, three thematic meetings, two regional and three special, as well as its participation in the Citizen Forum and Planetarium space. The binacional booth at the fair registered service to more than two thousand people, who had the virtual tour of the plant or received information about the company’s sustainable initiatives.
 
For the president of the World Water Council (WWC), Benedito Braga, the 8th FMA was a success, with the participation of 12 chiefs of state, 70 ministers and vice ministers from 56 countries, 83 judges and public prosecutors from 57 countries, in addition to parliamentarians, local authorities, civil society and the expressive participation of professionals and technicians involved in water issues.
 
“And Itaipu played a very important role in the support it gave to the realization of this event and in the organization of sections related to socioeconomic development. Water is a very important natural resource for creation of employment, poverty reduction and the development of any country. And I am very happy to have this longtime partner also working with us in this WWF”, said Braga.
 
The CEO of the National Water Agency, Ricardo Andrade, also praised binacional’s participation in the event. “Itaipu has been with us since we started this journey in 2011, still in the 6th edition of the WWF in Marseille. It was one of the first to embark on this project. We rely on Itaipu not only with action effective and essential for defining the content of many of the sections of the forum, but also as partners in structuring the event.”
 
Planetarium display
 
In the evaluation of the Citizen Forum Coordinator and WWC governor, the participation of civil society was the great differential of this eighth edition, which was an opportunity to show the world that Brazil already involves society in water management processes, with more than 230 river basin committees and other bodies.
 
For him, Vila Cidadã (Citzen Village) provided a free environment with many activities and actions related to water care, especially aimed at children and young people, who accounted for 40% of the audience of the event.
 
“The proposal was to take water care to the common citizen and Itaipu has a great example of citizen involvement, which is the Cultivando Água Boa (Cultivating Good Water). One cannot succeed in water management if one does not involve the citizen. Water management is always carried out. And to have a perennial management, the citizen must be involved”, he summarized, noting that of the 60 global solutions presented in the Solution Market of Vila Cidadã, four were Itaipu’s projects.
 
Evaluation
 
For the Brazilian director general of Itaipu, Luiz Fernando Leone Vianna, the participation of binacional, as well as the general accomplishment of the eighth forum surpassed the expectations. According to him, it is important that a hydroelectric power plant of this size participate in the international discussions around the water theme because the hydroelectric power plants have the function of establishing intermittent energies, such as solar and aeolic.   
 
“This firm energy can be hydroelectric, nuclear or thermal. But hydroelectric power plants with reservoirs, if built and operated with due social and environmental care, as in the case of Itaipu, can be in harmony with the environment and promote development”, he stated. “I think Itaipu has been present as a company that generates clean and sustainable energy and, mainly, as an example to be followed by other hydroelectric power plants in Brazil and in the world.”
 
Paraguayan director general James Spalding added that hydroelectric generation is fundamental to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. “Water and energy SDGs contribute to the other 15 goals. If we really want to eradicate poverty in the world, which is SDG 1, we need clean and renewable energy to ensure the sustainable development of the planet.”
 
Coordination director Newton Luiz Kaminski, in addition to the events that made up FMA agenda, highlights the participation of binacional in the extraordinary meeting of CMA and in meetings that have strengthened the company’s partnership with UNDP and UNDESA.
 
“In these events and in the contact with these international organizations, we realize that there is much to do in the world and there is a lack for concrete examples. And the perception on Itaipu is that it is an absolute case of success. I believe we must continue along this line of doing much beyond our legal obligations and facing the challenges of our region, now extended to 54 municipalities. We have, therefore, yet much more to contribute.”
 
Kaminski, in line with his Paraguayan counterpart, Executive Coordination Director Pedro Domaniczky, praised the effort and joint work of all areas of Itaipu that contributed to the event, from both margins, pointing to an evolution in the way the company presents itself, not only with Brazilian or Paraguayan projects, but with binacional actions.
 
“What better example of water sharing, central theme of the forum, than Itaipu Binacional?” he asked. “Brazil and Paraguay are countries that started this concept of sharing and later extended it with actions of conservation and territorial development. And the experiences shared in various events at various levels during FMA give an idea of the transversality of these actions within the various areas that make up Itaipu”, he concluded.