Biodinâmica gives training in environmental characterization to IIA and several partner institutions

In late April 2015, Biodinâmica trained 18 professionals from IIA and partner institutions in environmental characterization of water sampling sites and how to georeference them.

In the past 28, 29 and 30 April 2015 Biodidâmica taught the first module of the training program associated to the sixth call of the FNI, which is integrated in the project “pilot test for the development of a methodology for evaluating the quality of water supplied in suburban areas the city of Maputo. ”

This project, funded by the National Research Fund (FNI), is a partnership between the Institute for Research in Water (IIA), Biodinâmica and the Water Analysis Laboratory LaLa. The proposed research project is composed of a multidisciplinary programme of work involving a number of methodological approaches, as well as a technical and capacity building component. Its general objectives are:

  • To test a working methodology through a pilot test, for further evaluation of drinking water quality of suburban areas of Maputo and the consequent plan of action measures;
  • To organize procedures for the IIA laboratory water analysis;
  • To provide the IIA’s technical staff skills for the ​​sampling and analytical control of waters.

The module taught by Biodinâmica, by its trainers Hugo Costa and Carlos Litulo, gave the 18 trainees the necessary background to allow them to do the environmental characterization and georeferencing of water sampling sites. The trainees were given concepts that enabled them to: i) understand the concepts of pollution and contamination; ii) understand what are the sources of pollution and contamination, how do these reach the water and their consequences; iii) understand the importance of the environmental characterization of sampling points; iv) know hoe to do the environmental characterization of a sampling site in terms of potential stressors and contamination; v) know how to georeference sampling points. Besides the theoretical classes, this module, integrated in a larger course, included fieldwork in the neighbourhoods of Inhagóia A and Luis Cabral.

In addition to the IIA staff, professionals from partner institutions were giving this training, such as the National Directorate for Water (DNA), the Investment Fund e Patrimony of Water Supply (FIPAG), the National Laboratory for the Water and Food Hygiene from the Health Ministry (MISAU), the Laboratory of The Maputo Region Waters (ADM), the Maputo City Municipality Council, the Directorate for Research Innovation and Technological Development (DIIDT), the Centre for Research and Technology Transfer for the Community Development (CITT), the Etnobotanic Institute for Research and Development (CIDE), , the Mozambique Military Forces (FADM) and the community based organizations ESTAMOS and AKK.