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Institutions/organizations participating in WaterProtect

The CSIC, CUADLL, the Parc Agrari and Aigües de Barcelona are beneficiaries of WaterProtect, while many other entities involved in water use and management in the Baix LLobregat have expressed their support for the project. 

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Its main objective is to develop and promote research that contributes to scientific and technological progress and is prepared to collaborate with Spanish and foreign entities to achieve this goal.

The Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), associated with the Research and Development Center of the CSIC, aims to study the natural and anthropogenic changes that occur in ecosystems through chemical and geochemical techniques, fundamentally those that they suppose increases of toxicity in organisms and humans. The IDAEA has been organized based on the experience of various researchers in the environment, analytical chemistry, geochemistry, hydrology, and biotechnology. These have a proven track record of publication in journals of excellence, participation in European projects, collaboration in the resolution of serious environmental accidents, identification of environmental problems and the study of climate and global change.

The Agrarian Park of the Baix Llobregat is located in the alluvial plains of the delta and the lower basin of the Llobregat River, in the Baix Llobregat region, which occupies a central position within the metropolitan region of Barcelona. The territory of the park, of traditional wealth agricultural, is part of fourteen municipalities, totaling 730,000 inhabitants of the more than 4 million in the metropolitan region. It is a territory with a large number of farmers and professionals linked to the agricultural sector, both in the field of training and in the field of research, experimentation, and advice.

It was created in 1998 to preserve the agricultural wealth of the Delta and bring high quality products to the citizens of the metropolitan area.

The Community of groundwater users (CUADLL) is a Public Law Corporation protected by current legislation and supervised by the Catalan Water Agency. The CUADLL is an institution whose main objective is the protection of the aquifers of Valle Bajo and Delta del Llobregat. The CUADLL groups users, owners, and irrigators with the right to use ground and surface water; being represented in it the activities of supply, industrial, services and agriculture. Its territorial scope corresponds to the alluvial and deltaic aquifers of Valle Bajo and Delta del Llobregat, delimited in Decree 328/1988 of October 11; from El Papiol to the sea, including the entire Delta. The surface covers about 120 km2. Throughout its years of history, CUADLL, with its effort, has managed to improve the management of these aquifers, defending them from degradation. However, this is not a finalized task since there are still infrastructures and / or activities susceptible to causing irreversible affections in the aforementioned aquifers, which is why CUADLL continues working to guarantee that the waters in its area have an acceptable quality.

The public-private company Aigües de Barcelona, Empresa Metropolitana de Gestió del Cicle Integral de l'Aigua, 70% owned by the General Water Company of Barcelona (SGAB), 15% by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) ) and another 15% by Criteria, manages the complete water cycle, from the catchment to purification, transport, and distribution, as well as sanitation and wastewater treatment for its return to the natural environment or its reuse. In this way, it offers service to nearly 3 million people in the municipalities of the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Likewise, the company develops a management policy oriented towards proximity to customers; excellence in the provision of services; the commitment to innovation and the talent of its professionals; the collaboration with other companies, entities, and public administration to generate value; and the development of a sustainable model as a strategic axis.