Associate Professor (Docent) at Mälardalen University, Västerås (MDH)
Dr. Petro Elia Campana received his Bachelor and Master degrees in environmental engineering with special focus on renewable energy and water resources management from the University of Perugia in Italy.
In 2014, he was research assistant at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria to study the water-food-energy (WFE) nexus aspects of integrating solar irrigation systems for halting grassland desertification in China.
Simonetta Di Pippo is Director of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), a position which sees her lead the Office’s strategic, policy and programmatic activites and advising the UN Secretary-General on space related matters. Prior to joining UNOOSA, she served as Director of Human Spaceflight at ESA, and previously also Director of the Observation of the Universe at the Italian National Space Agency, ASI.
Water is one of the most important substances on Earth and covers 70% of the planet. However, freshwater makes up a very small fraction with 97% being saline and ocean-based. While the amount of freshwater on the planet has remained fairly constant over time, the world’s population has exploded, meaning that freshwater is threatened by significant forces, like overdevelopment, polluted runoff, and global warming.
World Water Day, celebrated each year on March 22nd, since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the ongoing global water crisis. The theme this year is Valuing Water. Much more than just price, water has huge value for households, food, culture, health, education, and the environment (UN Water 2021).