THE CAE-HIDROCAPITAL PROJECT CULMINATE WITH AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SARDINIA REGION AND VENEZUELA FOR WATER INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT
The cooperation international project between the Sardinia Region and Venezuela took off, for the technological exchange and the hydrological resources integrated managing of the South-American country. The agreement - which provides, inter alia, the strengthening of hydro-meteorological and water quality monitoring network of the Venezuela's main basins, especially for hydro-potable purposes is subscribed by ENAS, authority deputy to Sardinia's water administration and by the Hydrological Institute of Venezuela Hidroven, responsible for national water resources management. The cooperation between the two authorities will be experienced trough the periodical data exchange, finalized to the competences evolution and to the most efficient hydrological systems, using particular emphasis in the planning of water resources during a crisis situation.
The agreement formalizes the ENAS commitment in the technological expertise transfer, derived by a decade of experience in the hydrological resource management issues, strengthened in the recent past thanks to a partnership with the company CAE. From the jointed effort, was born the "boe" system, realized in Sardinia and Venezuela, as a technological tool for the continuous monitoring of water quality in different levels of depth of a basin.
The agreement, which has two year renewable valence, was signed by ENAS president Prof. Sergio Vacca and the Hidroven president Eng. Francisco Duran, at the presence of the president of Bolivian Republic of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, the Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini and the Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro Moros, at the Miraflres palace of Caracas, house of Venezuelan Government and official presidential house.
Interview with professor Sergio Vacca, ENAS (ENte Acque della Sardegna) president
Q. What represent for the collaboration project between ENAS and Hidroven the subscription of a wider international valence agreement between Italy and Venezuela?
A. The agreement's sign culminate an iter of cooperation started before by ENAS and Hidrocapital (ndr. in charge for the hydrological resources of Caracas district) then Hidroven (ndr. in charge for the national hydrological management) from some years: a partnership based on the know how exchange from the Sardinian experience to the Venezuelan and on the comparison of the reciprocal acquisition, finalized to the management optimization of the collected data and the continuous improvement of the monitoring system for water quality and hydro potable destination.
The agreement's subscription of international range widen the project's perspectives, in terms of the net's extension and in terms of applicable capabilities: the dialogue between Caracas and Sardegna Region brings from Venezuela and Italy a data system shared between users and different applications.
Q. What's the target for ENAS and Sardegna Region for the participation to this project?
A. Today Sardegna Region has available an evolved technology and a good ten-year experience in the hydrological resource management, useful also in international field.
This permits to start collaborations with other Countries based on the know how transfer and on the capability of programming and managing monitoring systems of irrigating, hydro potable or hydroelectric purpose water quantity and quality. Other than the Venezuelan project today the Sardegna Region started collaboration projects with Afganistan, Jordan, Balkans, Palestine, Morocco and Tunisia.
The international export of the system developed in Sardinia by ENAS, with the technological support of CAE, represents the possibility of a continuous refinement of the same system that evolves adapting to the increasingly large and diverse situations, and secondly, the diffusion of the system implies a greater data collected accessibility and increased potential of the same data that can be systematized in a much broader and more significant context. And this is an advantage for those who share the same system.
Q. how it was born and how the water quality monitoring system that today ENAS exports to Venezuela?
A. The Sardinia Region was compelled by its morphological and climate situation (scarce groundwater and six-month dry season each year) interested in an early stage of storage problems and management of water resources; in the last years, through collaboration with the company CAE - provident interlocutor and ideal technological partner - it's decades of experience has resulted in the successful development of an efficient and reliable monitoring system that captures real-time status weather data, the quantity and quality of monitored basins water; with the possibility to discriminate sampling at different depth levels of the reservoir.
The system allows the investigation of parameters through control device and then realizes the integration between the manual measurement and the in continuous one, programmed through the managing software: the data are then archived and queried to obtain a picture of the real situation but also to have a temporally extensible analysis at different periods examined. Once registered, the data are still available for further consultation and can be queried into the system with the new obtained data.
It is thus to create a complex application framework which extends its validity over the years: the result is a more efficient management of the monitored water resource.
Q. After signing the dialogue continues: what next?
A. The exchange of information - to be made through a regular updated - is one of the key terms of the agreement between ENAS and Hidroven. For this purpose is scheduled for July a visit of an Hidroven delegation that will travel first to Sardinia to visit the facilities and then in San Lazzaro (BO) to the headquarters of CAE, where will receive a professional update about courses and new management software of the monitoring hydrological system .