A delegation from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition of Ecuador visited IMDEA Agua last Tuesday, January 23, to learn about cooperation opportunities in the areas of water and sustainability.
Headed by Vice Minister of Environment Edgar Heredia Salazar, the commission has been received by Irene de Bustamante, director of the institute, and members of the main research groups. The meeting started with a presentation of the scientific lines and projects, which led to a discussion about wastewater treatment technologies using microbial electrochemistry, the benefits of land application systems for purification in small communities, and the membrane technology used for wastewater treatment and desalination processes.
The visit concluded with a tour of the centre’s pilot plants and laboratories, with special attention to nature-based solutions for water treatment and the detection and elimination of contaminants.
Water resources in the Andean country are threatened by pollution, mainly due to mining operations. Heredia has indicated that one of the main concerns is the Galapagos marine reserve, one of the largest in the world, which concentrates 40 percent of the planet’s marine fauna. “A focused effort in this area would have a huge impact,” he stressed.
Ecuador has committed to the transition towards a more sustainable economy, which aims to achieve common objectives in the fight against pollution and the promotion of a more resilient future, as Minister Sade Fritsch pointed out in her speech at the recent Forum Davos World Economic Forum.