A powerful beginning 

Today we had a very promising start of the 69th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SC69). We can look forward to four intense weeks of exchange. 


Group work time

As also outlined in the Wold Water Quality Assessment Report presented during the recent Wold Water Week, Water and health issues are highly interlinked and are in turn influenced by a range of factors. A group activity has unpacked some of the most crucial connections and helped to strengthen system thinking. 

Four groups have unraveled in a comprehensive way how the following issues influence the water-health nexus:

 • Which role do weather and climate play?

 • What can the impact of culture and habits be?

 • How does land use and land cover influence the health-water relationship?

 • What are the connections between nutrition, water and health?

Numerous cases were shared to illustrate these connections in the context of the participants home regions. 

Visit at the Junior Research Group INOWAS

The group left Dresden upstream the river Elbe to Pirna, as there is a TU Dresden outpost of the hydro-sciences department to visit the Junior Research Group INOWAS. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and runs until 2018. The research group around our host Dr. Catalin Stefan aims at providing stakeholders with a scientifically based decision support system for planning, design and management of applications in the water sector. The focus lies on the qualitative and quantitative assessment of the managed groundwater reservoirs by means of scenario analysis, prognosis and risk assessment and with regard to the influencing climatic factors. More information on the research can be found on their website: https://tu-dresden.de/bu/umwelt/hydro/inowas

(Photos: T. Karp)

Waste Water Treatment – the long experience of Dresden

Waste water treatment is a key factor to reduce the environmental pollution, especially of water bodies. As an excellent opportunity to get practical knowledge about this crucial issue, the participants of the EM39-course have visited the facilities of the Sewage Treatment Plant of the capital city of Saxony “Stadtentwässerung Dresden”, which started operations about 100 years ago by using primary technologies. During the following years they developed different paths to improve the treatment quality facing the challenges produced by factors as population growth, industrial diversification among others. In this city more than 90% of all homes are connected to the public sewer system.

The head for the Laboratory of Industrial Pollutants, Mr. Norbert Lucke, shared all the main technical information about the whole waste water and sludge treatment with the course participants.


Special thanks to Mr. Norbert Lucke and Ms. Rita Knocher for sharing with CIPSEM the great experience of this company.

Report by Fany Ramos Quispe (Bolivia), photograph by Binod Gurung (Nepal)


Respectful Environment Initiative of Nowruz in Iran

“Open the windows, for the kind breeze is celebrating the birthday of the flowers, and spring, on each and every branch, next to each leaf, has lit candles!”

Above is cited a famous poem by the great Iranian poet Fereydoon Moshiri, welcoming spring. Today opening the window, I can hear the sparrow singing and blooming bulbs, the lovely sound of spring here at CIPSEM.

I am from Iran and in my country they celebrate Nowruz that usually occurs on 21st, March or the previous/following day, depending on when is the exact astronomical beginning of the spring. Iranians take that as the beginning of the year. This exact second is called “Saal Tahvil”. For Iranian New Year of 1395, here in Dresden was 20th, March 2016, 05:30 early morning accordingly.Been celebrated for over 3,000 years, International Nowruz Day was prefigured by the United Nations General Assembly, in 2010, at the initiative of some countries that share this holiday.

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Persian spring festival is kept to “Sizdeh Bedar”, 13 days after the New Year day, about 4th, April. On the date, it is a must to spend time outdoors for a festive picnic in nature. Protecting the natural sceneries, Iran Department of Environment initiated long before to call it Nature Day by the calendar. Now it shall be reminded Nowruz respectful to the environment.

I take this opportunity, the hope of spring to speak from and to EM39 here at CIPSEM in Germany about natural environment conservation in my country.

by Mehri Sadat Alavinasab (Iran)

Visiting the waste management experts of TU Dresden

Today the participants of the ongoing 39th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Postgraduate Course on Environmental Managment visited the Institute of Waste Management and Circular Economy of the TU Dresden in Pirna. The experts introduced the group to their research facilities and laboratories as well as presenting aspects of the potential of waste management in terms of reducing green-house-gas emissions.

Photos: A. Lindner