ESIN

European Small Islands Federation

Invitation to a water saving project

Vattenbrist-skylt

As reported here on the ESIN blog in February, the Koster islands https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koster_Islands have a “water problem [that] puts an end to everything”.

To solve this problem, a project is describing Koster’s geophysical water resources (“the water of the island”), the human water footprint on the island (“the water of the islanders”) and way the water is distributed, how the system is managed, financed and administrated (“the water of the municipality”). The project’s website is http://kostervatten.com

The project will present a three-level description of the island’s freshwater systems, and a sustainable system solution that takes all three levels into account.

Meanwhile, it is already evident that the islanders need to save water. A first water saving project will start now at the new built hotel “Kostergården”. It will monitor, in real time, how hotel guests use water for different purposes – showering, flushing the toilet, drinking etc. Each guest can follow their own consumption and the consumption of the whole hotel. They will be involved in saving water in a fun and simple way, backed up by information on the ferries, in the hotel reception and on websites. The hotel – and the island – has the ambition to be a benchmark of sustainability among large hotels on small islands.

The project is using professor Andy Bäcker as an advisor. It will by no means be penalizing or pry into people’s private life, just be smart, fun and creative, turning something repressive into something positive as for example the “Speed Camera Lottery” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iynzHWwJXaA did.

Koster island would like to start an “island water lab” project with a handful of other small European islands to explore the possibilities of saving water, both by technical means and by changing human behaviour. Islands who are experimenting simultaneously with smart water management techniques could learn from each other and eventually show others how to save water.

Such islands would typically be under 100 km2 in (land) size, have a maximum all-year population of 1,000 people, have a scarcity of freshwater and lots of tourists.

Interested? Just comment here!

Sydkoster från Nordkoster

ST-24-mars

4 Comments»

  wrote @

Christian,

intressant! Ursäkta min dumma fråga men hur gör jag för att dela detta på Facebook? Eller får det inte delas? Det brukar finnas en f-symbol i nederkanten på det mesta, men jag hittar ingen här.

undrar med varma hälsningar Åsa

9 aug 2016 kl. 16:18 skrev ESIN :

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  Christian wrote @

Hej Åsa, på min FB finns inget “f” men man kan välja “Gilla”, “Kommentera” och Dela”.
Svarar med lika varma hälsningar Christian

  BREDIN denis wrote @

Vert interested for Sein Island, îles du Ponant.
We plan to start a 2 years Project early 2017. Are very interested to bring our interest & means to take part to a join Project.

  Christian wrote @

Good, makes me happy!


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