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First TRUST cities platform took place

In Faro, the first TRUST Cities Platform took place at the beginning of April. The first Cities Platform was aimed at the water scarce cities with the objective to share major outcomes of the TRUST activities on the sustainability assessment and roadmapping process. The Cities Platform was combined with a regional workshop for which local participants of water utilities, practitioners,...

Understanding TRUST pilot cities and the water scarcity cluster

Better knowledge of the TRUST pilot cities situation, a clearer picture of their needs and expectations towards TRUST, personal contacts and an increased mutual understanding gained the almost 50 participants of the Algarve TRUST meeting at the beginning of April.   The meeting addressed people from the water scarcity cluster and the pilot cities in general. Scientists, representatives of...

TRUST self-assessment tool on its way

The online self-assessment tool that is currently being developed by TRUST will enable cities to do a quick assessment whether they are on track for a sustainable water future. In only three hours time, the tool that will be available for everyone on the TRUST website at the end of 2012, will provide a preliminary, simple assessment of the current situation of the city, answering essential...

First TRUST workshops a success

The first TRUST Workshops “Governance Bodies” and “Citizen Groups” were held at LNEC (National Laboratory of Civil Engineering) in Lisbon, Portugal on the 5th, 6th and 14th of March 2012. In the “Governance Bodies” workshop the 14 participants represented governance bodies and operational stakeholders, both at the decision and technical level, while the 8 participants in the...

Water, water everywhere…not anymore

In recent weeks drought has been a huge media story in the UK, following the announcement in February that much of southern and eastern England was officially in a state of drought, due to two consecutive dry winters.  Droughts are natural events caused by an extended period of low rainfall; they are more commonly associated with countries such as Africa and Australia, however, they are becoming...