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| Expo Zaragoza 2008: water and sustainable development

For three months from 14 June to 14 September 2008, the city of Zaragoza will play host to an International Expo with the theme of Water and sustainable development. Looking at the challenges facing water and sustainable development on all levels: global, regional, local and individual, the Expo will explore the themes of water – as a unique resource, water for life, waterscapes, and shared water.

Expo Zaragoza 2008

Zaragoza – centre of water protection

With seven million people expected to visit during the three months, numerous performances, and artistic and cultural events have been planned, to involve the general public and bring the theme of water and sustainable development to the greatest possible number of people..

These all complement the three “major events” that will be preformed daily: Iceberg, Hombre vertiente and the Awakening of the serpent. Each of these large-scale multimedia productions will be able to be viewed by over 20 000 spectators from across the exhibition grounds.

Environment 2010: our future, our choice

The EU will have a strong presence at Expo Zaragoza 2008. A pavilion shared by the institutions will be present throughout the Expo to inform the general public and promote EU policies concerning sustainable development and water. In particular, the 6th Environment Action Programme: our future, our choice – the Community plan for tackling the most pressing environmental and sustainability problems facing the EU and the world – will be promoted. In addition, EU-funded water research activities will be presented, with an RTD open day on 8 September which will be attended by the Commissioner for Science & Research, Janez Potočnik.

Expo Zaragoza 2008

Promoting sustainability

Through Expo Zaragoza 2008, the organisers and participants will create a dialogue and forum to discuss the problems of sustainability currently facing the world. Sharing new and different ideas from different regions, sectors and backgrounds should help forge novel strategies for how best to address the most pertinent issues. It will serve as a launch pad for new initiatives to protect the world’s most precious resource – water. These experts will address the problems on every level, as everyone – the individual, regions, governments and international organisations – needs to act to ensure that something is done about these issues.

In addition, the wider public will be drawn into the debate. By hosting a myriad of events that appeal to a wide range of people, the public will be made more aware of the problems concerning water and sustainable development that face all of mankind. The role of the individual is not to be forgotten when it comes to water and sustainable, but people need to be made aware of what they can do.

Expo Zaragoza 2008 will be an excellent opportunity to bring together a diverse group of people and organisations to have a real impact on improving water and sustainable development. The ideas, conclusions and awareness that can come from the Expo will be a significant step in the right direction to solving some of the globe’s most pressing issues.


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