POWER project honoured with Water Innovation Europe 2020 Award
The POWER project was recognised in the category of Water Governance at last week’s Water Innovation Europe 2020 conference. “We believe that the tools, engagement approaches and methodologies of the project have contributed to social and political changes in our partner cities,” explained Professor Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd of De Montfort University upon accepting the award. The project raised awareness on flood risk, water conservation, water consumption and water quality with the help of a social platform for municipalities and their citizens.
From 2015 to 2019, Climate Alliance collaborated with De Montfort University and ten other consortium members to establish social platforms on water challenges via POWER, helping pilot them in Leicester (UK), Milton Keynes (UK), Jerusalem (ISR) and Sabadell (ES). The platforms feature best practices as well as gamification to encourage engagement. So far, more than 16,000 people have visited the platforms created through the project and thousands have taken part in associated activities. POWER has demonstrated that the use of smart technologies supported by innovative engagement models can play an key role in addressing areas with significant environmental impact.