Implementation of the Water and Climate Change Megacity Alliance in Latin America and the Caribbean

Project name :

Support for the technical and institutional preparation of ADASA for the World Water Forum (2018)

Budget :

1M$ - 5M$

Project duration :

19-04-2016

Location :

Brasilia, DF, Brazil

Objective

The objective of this project is to provide technical and institutional capacities to the regulating agency for water, energy and sanitation in the Federal District of Brazil, Agência Reguladora de Águas, Energia e Saneamento Básico do Distrito Federal (ADASA), This is to enable the Agency to work with the Government of the Federal District in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of solutions related to water management to face climate change in megacities in Latin American and the Caribbean region. 

About ADASA

According to the Law 4285/2008, Adasa is competent in the following areas: (I) water resources, including the different uses of water; (II) piped gas; (III) basic sanitation, which comprises: (a) supply of drinking water; (b) collection and treatment of sanitary sewage; (c) drainage and management of urban rainwater; and (d) urban cleaning and solid waste management. Adasa's institutional mission is the management of water uses and the regulation of public services of this federated entity, with the aim of promoting the sustainability of water resources and the quality of energy and basic sanitation services for the benefit of society.

Regarding the promotion of sustainable management of water resources, the Law 4285/2008 clarifies that Adasa has the mission to guarantee the fulfilment of the objectives of the Water Resources Policy of the Federal District, instituted by District Law 2725/2001.

Among the fundamentals of the Water Resources Policy in the Federal District (Brazil), it is the commitment of Adasa to continuously inform the community about the status of water resources related to water availability and quality. Besides, it promotes environmental education actions in addition to raising awareness of the importance of preservation, conservation and the rational use of water resources. The recommended means include campaigns run by the mass media, the inclusion of questions about water resources in the curricular contents of elementary, high and higher education, and the adoption of permanent human resources training programmes to address the multiple aspects of the water issue. 

In this context, Adasa has the duty-power to promote scientific, environmental and health education for the population in matters within its competence. This determination has been observed regularly, as Adasa has been promoting educational activities for more than 10 years. Since the creation of the first initiative, Adasa has greatly expanded its role in promoting education to diverse audiences, through programmes and projects aimed primarily at students in early childhood, primary and secondary education levels, in addition to contemplating the training of professionals. Among these initiatives stands out this project developed by Adasa in cooperation with UNESCO.

Publications

Educação como instrumento de regulação: as experiências da Adasa

The book registers a specific relationship between a regulatory body, Adasa, and the population, and it shows that the mediator of this relationship is education. The greater the contribution of the regulatory body to inform and qualify users' knowledge about the services they enjoy, the more the regulatory body benefits from the qualified and well-informed participation of these users. The effects of the educational process are beneficial to the participants, and the benefits grow according to the intensity of the interaction that this process provides. Online in Portuguese.

Trilhas e caminhos para a sustentabilidade ambiental nas escolas do Distrito Federal: escolas sustentáveis

The book aimed at children and young people presents a good way to build a sustainable school by “training citizens with skills to know themselves, their neighbours and the planet of which they are part; interact with diversities and learn from experience; act with affection, respect, empathy and cooperation; develop and involve life, with health, justice and beauty. A sustainable school is one for humanization. Online in Portuguese.