April 9th, Argentina
Last week, the Center Sustainability for Local Governments, an institute that is specialized in small governments’ business, was officially opened. During the launch, the Argentinian Ministry of Environment and Sustainability attended to discuss how it could position itself as a guarantor entity of international agreements made in several countries, either by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The minister addressed the importance of involving the community and Civil Society process taking place in Buenos Aires. Also, it renewed its long-term commitments regarding the water challenges the city faces.
The Center itself consists of several academic institutes which will offer courses and research good practices in the field of natural resources. In addition, the Center works with consultants which offer their expertise to the Argentinian city.
The event was organized by the Water & Youth Movement, a youth organization responsible for conducting water accessibility projects in rural and remote communities in northern Argentina, that, because of territorial reasons, do not have access to drinking water at home. Their President rightfully stated: “When we look at the protection of natural resources, all of us can be a manager of the problem”, thus stating that it is a collective responsibility we are carrying. The members of the Movement, mostly young professionals and senior professionals carry several responsibilities; by working on both the implementation of projects and the preservation of natural resources (by managing the water resources, increasing the accessibility, preserving the forest, promoting sustainable agricultural production and developing environmental education), the Movement has a big impact on the lives of many people in Argentina.
The projects undertaken in different rural communities involve other foundations and organisations in addition to the technical team leaders, that are generally members of the Ministry of Agriculture and Development of Argentina.