AER Summer Schools 2009: Water, engagement for our future (AER SS09)

Venue: Valencia

Location: Valencia, Spain

Event Date/Time: Aug 24, 2009 End Date/Time: Aug 28, 2009
Registration Date: Jul 20, 2009
Early Registration Date: Jul 20, 2009
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he 14th Summer School of the AER will take place in august 2009 in Valencia, Spain. By bringing together decision makers, officials and young people, the Summer School intends to provide the tools to be able to cope with the challenges of water management.

In a scenario of climate change, the sound management of the water is a key issue to maintain the biodiversity, the human health and the economic and social development. The “blue” challenge is of paramount importance. The entire World is going through a water crisis, safe access to water for all is one of the Millenium Goals, and water savings can be improved by more than 40% in Europe. That is why it becomes necessary to join efforts and ideas, share experiences and develop new instruments to raise awareness, contribute to create a water saving culture in Europe, define strategies, learn from each other and work with third countries.

The Summer School is oriented to regional decision-makers, elected politicians and experts from the different regional and local administrations who are interested in developing solutions for the water issues. Simultaneously, the Youth Summer School will bring young people from all Europe to work together in this issue, to promote sharing of experiences, expressing their opinion and better awareness to act as “water ambassadors” when back in their home regions.

The aim of the Summer Schools is to:

* Raise awareness concerning the developments affecting water ressources, their availability and their management

* Provide regional administrations with the opportunity to gather best practice in this field from their European counterparts and to develop innovative approaches

* Encourage the emergence of a "water saving culture" by involving in particular young people as early as possible and committing them as "water ambassadors"

* Create a "Water Award"

* Elaborate a "European regional Charter for Water"

The Summer Schools are targeted at:

*Regional politicians, officers and experts in charge of water and environment, water management or planning and communication in relation to water
* Young people from regional youth cabinets, parliaments and political parties