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Damià Barceló: “If the water quality is not good, the ecosystem will suffer”

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Damià Barceló, director of the Catalan Water Research Institute (ICRA), talks about the danger posed by the deterioration of the state of water in the podcast “Water quality: the prevention of pollution”, the eighth chapter ofHorizon 2030, an audio series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the Water Museum.

This is a series of podcasts that aims to discover how the SDGs, proposed by the United Nations, establish a common framework that addresses humanity’s main challenges from a global and transversal perspective. It also shows how water plays a fundamental role in the achievement of all the SDGs.

In this chapter we reflect on the importance of water for all living beings, both people and all the ecosystems found in nature. Damià Barceló touches on the concern posed by the increase in population, the expansion of industrial activity and the appearance of new pollutants in water, among other aspects.

Various experts in the sector have also explained why it is essential to reverse the current water pollution process and in the coming years, as Raquel Castellà, curator of the Museum of History of Catalonia, Sonia Sanchez, researcher at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and coordinator of the Rivus Observatory, and Miquel Paraira, director of Water Quality in Barcelona.