PAVITR project on EU-India cooperation comes to an end

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Last November, 2023 PAVITR project consortium met in Delhi, India, for the last activities before the closure of the project.

On Monday 20th, the project partners organised the International Workshop “Unlocking Technologies Based on Natural Solutions, and Advance Methods for Water, Wastewater Treatment, Faecal Sludge Management & Resource Recovery“, where PAVITR consortium presented to Indian representatives of the DST (Division of Science and Technology, the Indian funding body of the Indian partners) the different pilots implemented across India within the project. The European Commission (EC) was also represented in the event, presenting the existing collaboration opportunities for joint research and innovation among India and the EU. The event took places in the premises of the National Mission for Clear Ganga in Delhi, and an overview about the river restoration and rejuvenation was also presented.

On Tuesday 21st, a training on the technologies implemented in PAVITR was provided by the PAVITR EU partners (especially the SMEs) to interested Indian companies aiming to enlarge their products portfolio and look for potential collaborations. This training took place in the Indian Habitat Centre in Delhi, and offered an excellent opportunity to acquire an understanding of the technologies’ design considerations, their operation and maintenance aspects, operational principles, performance characteristics, appropriateness for particular application scenarios, etc.

On Wednesday 22nd, a business matchmaking event took place also in the Indian Habitat Centre in Delhi. The PAVITR Business Matchmaking Event offered an excellent platform to discover more about shared interests, complementary technologies, services, or business capabilities. It facilitated exploring the possibility of establishing business partnerships with any of the PAVITR technology providers to enhance sustainable water initiatives in India.

Last but not least, on Thursday 23rd a visit to one of the PAVITR demonstration sites was organised, concretely the SWINGS wastewater treatment plant in Aligarh, where 5 out of the 14 pilots implemented in the project are located. The PAVITR demonstration site visit provided a fantastic chance to witness operational demonstration plants featuring selected PAVITR water technologies in India.

With these activities we conclude almost 5 years of projects where we have had the opportunity to work on the design and implementation of technologies for the treatment and safe reuse of wastewater in India.

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