Madre Acqua is an Institute of research and development for the protection of the human right to water, with legal and administrative seat in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Institute is non-governmental, non-denominational and not-for-profit. Unlike university and industry, our actions are neither dictated nor influenced by political, religious or financial interests.
The Institute is founded upon the original 2003 motion for the recognition of the right to water and its protection (FAO), the 2010 ratification (UN), and is presided by its original proposer.
The Institute is committed to an impact-oriented programme involving Science, Engineering and Society. Its consortium was born on December 2010, with members from 6 universities and a supercomputing centre. The present consortium includes experts from 20 universities, 18 enterprises, local authorities and civil society organisations. The present liaisons include the International Association for Water Law, Rotary International, and the Department of Water Scarcity and Droughts of the European Commission.
Our present geographical distribution is as follows, by nation, in plain alphabetical order: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We are from 20 nations across three continents, and you are welcome to join us!
Although legal reform is the most compelling instrument against water mismanagement, it has no impact on the laws of nature governing climate change, and it does not solve the technical challenges. In addition to the necessary legal reform, it is also important to engage in relevant scientific collaboration, technological innovation, institutional cooperation, and the swift implementation of solutions by local authorities. We research and develop highly efficient materials and methods to solve local problems in an open, interoperable and integrated environment.
The consortium is organised into Special Interest Groups, based upon the technical requirements of projects and the expertise of participants. The groups include personalities with an international profile, capable of leading by example with their education, experience and competencies.
We pursue our statutory mission with integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity, being our core values. Moral rights and moral duties inform all aspects of our operations, and our programme is explicitly non-dual use.
Human resources: If you wish to participate, please send us a covering letter of endorsement and your one-page profile for projects, including the following data: (1) the name of your legal entity; (2) the PIC number, if available; (3) a short description and relevant experience of the entity; (4) a short description and relevant experience of two representative persons; (5) the high-resolution logo of the entity; (6) the contact details.
Financial resources: Although we are a research charity, donations are currently not accepted. We have been working on a voluntary basis since May 2010.
If you wish to leave a record of your interest, constructive criticism or other motivating communication, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Last modified: 2013-9-18T11:36:40+2.