|RiverWatch/Tevere - Tiber river clean up|
| Posted on 20/03/2014 - 14:50|
Crowdcare for the Tiber river in Rome. People and wildlife are returning to the Thames, Seine and Rhine. We can do the same for the Tiber - and many European waters - through web services letting everyone participate in the care of the river.
Our beautiful Tiber river is sick. Fecal and industrial pollution reaches 40 times acceptable limits and rubbish and used absorbent hygiene products scatter Mediterranean beaches for kilometres from the river mouth. The Tiber is not cared for as a leisure, environmental or business resource and the users and organisations with a role in its welfare are scattered over six regions alongs its 400km length. An open crowd based approach will enable our large community of riverwatch stakeholders come together to track water quality and to create and implement actions to improve it. Many rivers systems in Europe could benefit from better river care. If successful, the award from this competition will be used to design the crowdcare solution and initiate the development work.
Crowdcare for the Tiber river in Rome.
Target group and social impact
RiverWatch/Tevere will enable leisure users, public agencies, researchers, businesses, fishermen, farmers, environmental custodians and legislators share knowledge and contribute in a participative and constructive way in improved river care. It will be good for the very many people who swim in - and eat the fish from - the Mediterranean. If clean and trusted the Tiber will be a wonderful asset for the people, the environment and the economy. RiverWatch/Tevere will be transferable to other river systems in Europe as well as to other complex socio-economic situations. Effective stakeholder involvement is already part of the project as can be seen from the many letters of support received from public and environmental agencies, user associations, media, university faculties and firms.
Competences of the applicant
James is a Roman Irish engineer and an expert in web services, process and organisational design. He makes his living in innovation in science and industry. His children were born on the river's Tiber Island in Rome. In this project he will be supported by the Consorzio Tiberina, the Sapienza University, the Kyoto Club, the WWF, and many more. About him: be.linkedin.com/in/jkcogan/
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