International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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South Africa

South Africa at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

South Africa has taken on many ambitious water challenges in recent years, a fact that puts the country at the forefront of conservation and protection of such a precious resource. The Working for Water programme, which has been in operation since 1995, is helping to recover and restore wetlands, as well as creating local employment and reducing invasive species that have wreaked havoc on the country's ecosystems. Another line of action has focused on sanitation. In 1994, 14 million people (with a total of 42) did not have access to safe drinking water in South Africa. In ten years, this figure has been reduced by 50% and South Africa wants to reduce it to zero this year. The large-scale struggle is reflected in the local environment. For example, the Durban Metropolitan Water Department's 'Educational Sewage Collection Programme' is now an important vehicle for expanding social reconstruction and development in the city. And the Kimberly Housing Sanitation Programme has actively involved the citizens of the Northern Cape Province. This is an example that visitors to this pavilion will be able to experience.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008