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Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Colombia 2017

Submitted by: Global Nature Fund
Project: Green filter – innovative constructed wetlands

Through the implementation of constructed wetlands, the wastewater and hygienic conditions of up to 1,500 people in the three communities Cutiva, Fuquene and Susa could be improved significantly. These green filters have an efficiency ratio of 90-100%, thus providing clean drinking water.

Initial situation
In Cutiva, Fuquene and Susa, the three communities included in this project, almost the entire household wastewater ends up in nearby rivers and lakes due to the lack of wastewater treatment. This affects these water bodies and their biodiversity very negatively, deteriorating the health and life of poor social classes who are dependent on the surface water since they can't afford to buy clean drinking water.

Solution
Through the implementation of constructed wetlands, the wastewater and hygienic conditions of up to 1,500 people in the three communities could be improved significantly. These green filters have an efficiency ratio of 90-100%, depending on the pollutant. This has long-term and sustainable positive effects on the hygienic and health situation as well as the drinking water quality. Diseases as well as infant mortality have decreased and the burden on the environment and biodiversity is lowered significantly. Indirectly, around 12,000 people benefit from these measures.

Innovation
The green filters are ideal for poor rural regions with available space as they are inexpensive, blend into the landscape and have a low maintenance and energy demand. No highly specialized technology is needed and they function without connection to regional or national drain systems.

Involved partners
Fundacion Humedales

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.

Jury-Rating
In rural Columbia only half of the available water is drinking water, leading to almost 40% of the people not having access to clean water. At the same time, central technical treatment plants are too expensive to build and maintain. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Colombia implemented cost-efficient constructed wetlands which provide clean water. Congratulations on your initiative!



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