Opening of the exhibition "Water at the heart of science" at BCIS-BMICH [fr]
“Will we be able to imagine a new culture of water?”
The French Embassy in Sri Lanka, in cooperation with the BMICH, French Agency for development (AFD), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Alliance Francaise network in Sri Lanka, is organizing an exhibition entitled “Water at the heart of Science”; aimed at raising public awareness on the importance of water. This exhibition is organized within the framework of the French Spring Festival 2013.
The water issue is one of the 21st century’s greatest challenges. Abundant but unequally distributed on Earth, this resource is today threatened by climate change and the dangers of overuse. Improving access to water, which is still suffering from glaring disparities, is one of the Millennium Development Goals.
From Lake Chad to the Mekong, from the Mediterranean basin to the valleys of the Andes, the exhibition Water at the Heart of Science presents some of the major projects in water research. Richly illustrated and educational, it gives more insight into the key role that research has to play in the sustainable management of water as a vital, indispensable resource for development.
Water at the Heart of Science, an exhibition of 24 banners was created by French Research Institute for development (IRD) and Industrial, Technical and Scientific Culture Centre of the Centre region in France with the support from the Institut Français in collaboration with several scientific partners.
The “Water at the heart of Science”exhibition showcases water-related inventions of scientists around the world, as the event is aimed at educating people regarding water and its importance in all aspects including urban development, irrigation system and agriculture. The panels of IWMI and AFD focused on their activities in the field of water in Sri Lanka.
The “Water at the heart of Science” exhibition is also held to promote economic and cultural relations between Sri Lanka and France and also for both countries to exchange ideas and information on water, science, and technology. It complements a symposium on “French Expertise on urban development” which took place on the 4th of July organized by the Sri Lanka - France Business Council and the French Trade Commission with the participation of 8 French companies, several of them involved in the sector of water, essential to improve the quality of life of the people of Sri Lanka. The documentary movie by Yann Arthus-Bertrand: “a thirsty world” has been screened at this occasion at BCIS auditorium.
The “Water at the heart of Science”is currently being held in Colombo at the BCIS of theBMICH until July 15th. Free entrance. This exhibition will also circulate in the Alliance Française network in Sri Lanka during the second semester 2013.