European Small Islands Federation

Water Saving Project

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The Water Saving project is a study on how eight small, dry European islands save fresh water. To become more sustainable, they have developed technologies and they are addressing people’s attitudes and behavior regarding water.


The project is headed by The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and uses its so-called ”Challenge” methodology meaning there aren’t lectures, but the highly competent islands Mayors and Technical Directors meet in frank discussions. You might describe it as well prepared, throughly reserached round table talks.

The study is led by Christian Pleijel at KTH with the support of professor Anders Nordström from Stockholm University, professor Louis Brigand from the University of Brest, Máirtín O’Mealoid from Cape Clear Island, Ireland, CRES Institute ( in Greece, internship Maxime Bredin from l’Université de Brest, professor Roland Barthel from the University of Gothenburg and professor Andy Bäcker from the IE University of Bilbao.

A starting point is the study just being made on the Swedish Koster islands, a society much aware of its water choosing small-scale, local, efficient water and sewage system solutions. The island was mapped on three levels: (1) the water of the island = the hydrogeological conditions, (2) the water of the islanders = the human need for and use of freshwater and consequent outlet, and (3) the water and sewage infrastructure to match the conditions and the needs. See



ESIN has an important role to play as a dissemination partner. Members interested in water saving measures are welcome to attend when the study is presented to the European Parliament in late November with Tonino Picula as host. Mr Picula is the Chairman of the European Parliament Intergroup for Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas.



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