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EXPO 2020: With ‘Water’, the last pre-Expo event, Italy confirms the leading role that it is projected to play at Dubai from october

On World Water Day, Italy once again takes centre stage at the pre-Expo global event, the series of digital meetings that give a preview, one year in advance, of the debate on the central themes of the Universal Expo at Dubai due to kick off on the 1st of October. 

“How can we protect our most precious resource today for tomorrow?”: this is the question that the organizers and Participating Countries and Organizations will attempt to answer at the event scheduled on 23 March: “Water”, a preview of the themes that will be addressed at the Universal Expo from 20 to 25 March 2022, in one of the weeks richest in original contents.  

At 2:30 PM  this Tuesday, the Italy Pavilion, together with its Partners, will participate in  the digital event with an online special broadcast on the Italian Commissioner’s Office’s Facebook page:, to offer a preview, one year in advance, of the many salient points to be debated in the host of initiatives on this topic programmed over the 6-month Expo: from the implications for the energy sector, to the right to access water resources; from the protection of coral reefs and their extraordinary biodiversity to a sustainable fishing industry and research on the migration flows and protection of marine species.  

The digital meeting schedules contributions by Paolo Galli, Delegate for Expo 2020 Dubai, Professor of Ecology, Milano-Bicocca University, with a contribution on  Coral reef restoration: a sustainable strategy to preserve Maldivian marine biodiversity“; Paolo Carrera, Head of Commercial and Tendering – New Energies – Onshore Unit, Saipem, with “The blue gold bet”; Francesco Greco, Coordinator of the CNF’s (Consiglio Nazionale Forense) Commission for Expo 2020 Dubai – who will explain “The right to water: how to promote an ecocentric legislation”; Andrea Alessi, Marine Energy Project Manager, ENI, who will relate “Eni’s innovation journey on wave energy”; Costantino Manes, Associate Professor of Hydraulics, Politecnico di Torino, who will describe “River connectivity and fish migration: The science behind the design of fish bypass”;  Sergio Vitale, IRBIM-CNR, Institute for Marine  Biological Resources and Biotechnologies of the Italian National Research Council, with a presentation titled Crustacean bottom trawl fisheries in Sicily”, and a contribution by Ferrarelle, explaining how the company “protects water with water”. 

At the “Water Week” of Expo 2020 Dubai, the Italy Pavilion will be spearheading the initiatives of its Partners, such as the one promoted by the Consiglio Nazionale Forense (the Italian National Bar Association) inviting Participating Countries to sign a document committing them to share resources and technologies with a view to assuring every human being access to water. And also, the partnership between the Milano-Bicocca University and the government of the Maldives, through the project to preserve the biodiversity of the coral reef, the fruit of the cooperation between the MaRHE research and higher education centre and the Maldives Marine Research Institute, which will be given ample space among the initiatives on the agenda of the Italian Commissioner’s Office.