University of Calgary

Student group hosts World Water Week events

UToday HomeMarch 20, 2013

By Amy Glassman

Executives of the student group Hope2Opportunity are, from left: Edwin Cheng, Christina Kwon, Nikytha Anyony and Olivia Lee. Photo by Homyung LeeExecutives of the student group Hope2Opportunity are, from left: Edwin Cheng, Christina Kwon, Nikytha Anyony and Olivia Lee. Photo by Homyung LeeA week-long celebration of International World Water Day is being hosted at the University of Calgary from March 18 to 22 with events open to the campus community and general public.

The United Nations has declared 2013 the international year of water co-operation. In keeping with this theme, Hope2Opportunity, The Calgary branch of the United Nations Association in Canada and the Office of Sustainability are collaborating to host a series of events highlighting water issues around the globe.

On March 19 campus members were invited to stop by Science B to participate in a series of educational and fun water-themed games for a chance to win one of many eco-prizes.

Fernando Moreira from Ayuda Para el Altiplano de Guatemala, who has worked closely with the Centre for Water Sanitation Technology, and Pablo Pina Poujoul, a post-doctoral fellow in Faculty of Environmental Design and an executive member of the Canadian Water Resources Association, Alberta Branch, will speak about their experiences working to implement sustainable water systems at home and abroad. The event will take place on March 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in EEEL 161.

Both have worked extensively to develop sustainable water systems in Canada, Latin America and South America.

Pina Poujoul, who has been studying the relationship between land and water use in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada, believes that Canadian students can gain valuable cross-disciplinary experience by studying water conservation in other parts of the globe.

“Water is a very holistic concept,” says Poujoul. “Many areas of inquiry are involved in water conservation. My work involves everyone from lawyers, planners, engineers and government.”

He also notes that the technologies and water conservation methods he studied in tropical and sub-tropical areas can be used in other parts of the globe.

Held each year on March 22, International World Water Day was dedicated by the United Nations in 1992 to bring attention to the importance of conserving fresh water and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

For more information on World Water Week visit Hope2Opportunity on Facebook at

To learn more about other United Nations holidays celebrated at the University of Calgary visit


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