Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Food Energy and Water at Expo2015

Nearly a fifth of the world’s population has no access to electricity and many more are without clean cooking facilities. This lack of access to modern energy affects human health, denies access to adequate sanitary services, primary education and gender equality, and hinders the development of agriculture and other productive activities.

Access to Energy = Access to Food

Multiple Solutions Universal access to energy is a great challenge. The available solutions to the problem are being implemented worldwide by large and small-scale projects to bring energy access where there is none, and as a result, the opportunity for communities to access basic services such as water for drinking or irrigation.
Access to Energy Initiatives represent a source of precious information for the design of new projects. As part of Expo2015, WAME is promoting case studies on energy access and their link to nutrition. The case studies highlight existing barriers and how to overcome them by focusing on the role of local communities, businesses and governments in providing modern energy services.

opportunities in food, energy efficiency and sustainable water resources projects

Water is an element strongly linked to the central theme of Expo2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.
Milan’s canal system – the navigli - is deeply rooted in the city’s history and economic development over time. The Villoresi Canal that feeds into the Expo’s four kilometers long, four meters wide Lake Arena spreading out over a 90,000 square meter surface that irrigates the surrounding vegetation and controls the area’s microclimate. The canal is part of a bigger project called Waterways designed to add value to the open spaces of the outlying areas, west of the city.

The Green and Blue colored ring made up of water, cycle paths and routes around the city down to the Ticino valley was created based on the waterways that characterize Milan and Lombardy region from its founding in Roman times with the navigli canals, the darsena dock and Leonardo’s locks. This historic waterway symbolizes the preservation of water as a communal resource and universal right.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s wooden locks and hydraulics project at the Conca dell’Incoronata section of the Navigli water system are being restored as part of the water related theme for Expo2015
The Waterways enhance the open spaces and landscapes of the western part of Milan. The Naviglio Grande,
the Darsena and the Villoresi canal with its historic drinking fountains, as well as the entire water system. Expo2015 related initiatives include improvements to the irrigation system and the cleaning of the Darsena. Milan’s waterways comprise a 20 kilometer long system that links the Villoresi canal with the Naviglio Grande canal which runs past the exposition area. The site resembles an island as it is surrounded by the Villoresi Canal waters:

  • The Northern Waterway, a 7.3 km waterway that connects the Villoresi canal to the Exposition grounds surrounded by fields, small forests and water channels that connect Milan with its northwest suburbs;
  • The Southern Waterway a 11.4 km waterway that carries water to the Naviglio Grande canal from the Exposition Site.
  • A cycle route connects the fair ground with Milan’s Navigli and the Darsena;
  • The Darsena and the city’s old port which will be pedestrianized; 
  • A 125 Km Cycling Routes runs along the canals and through parks as far as the Ticino River, Lake Maggiore and Monza’s Villa and Royal Park. 

Discover Milan via Cycling Walking and its Waterways

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