Activate Care

We enable people who want to take action and work with us towards a world with drinkable rivers.

For this, we have developed a series of toolkits that make it easy for everyone to contribute. We work together with schools, universities, municipalities, water authorities, environmental organisations, businesses and many others. Do you want to take action in your school, city, organisation? 

Cases

Mayors for a Drinkable Meuse

Mayors for a Drinkable Meuse

On Saturday October 19 2019, eleven mayors from France, Belgium and the Netherlands launched “Mayors for a Drinkable Meuse” in Charleville-Mézières, France. This mayor network learns and works towards Drinkable Rivers. The mayors have signed a declaration and the municipalities have agreed to work together to improve the water quality of the Meuse with the common long term vision of a Drinkable Meuse.

All municipalities, regions and water authorities in the Meuse watershed are invited to join. For more information, please get in touch with Blanca Linz at EPAMA.

  • Listen to the interview on Dutch radio 1 with Li An and mayor Wim Hillenaar, here.
  • Listen to Boris Ravignon’s interview (french), here.
Amsterdam International Water Week - Drinkable Rivers as Amsterdam Agreement

Amsterdam International Water Week - Drinkable Rivers as Amsterdam Agreement

Drinkable Rivers and especially Mayors for Drinkable Rivers will become an Amsterdam Agreement during the upcoming Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) 2021. How can we mobilise a watershed towards drinkable rivers? How can municipalities be the carrier for this? What partners can support the mayors in doing so?

University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, Netherlands

University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, Netherlands

Together with teachers and students of UCR in Middelburg, we analyse the data of the Europe-wide Drinkable Rivers citizen science. Associate Professor Renate van der Weijden works actively with our core team in designing the chemical research methodology for this study. Associate Professor Ilke Ercan has adopted Drinkable Rivers as a case for the engineering project course Sensing Systems for Sustainability.

Water authority Hollands Noorderkwartier, Netherlands

Water authority Hollands Noorderkwartier, Netherlands

There are 21 water authorities in the Netherlands, they are the oldest governing body in the country. One of them, Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier organised a five-day strategy retreat, called Terranautica, to develop a biodiversity vision. Drinkable Rivers’ founder Li An Phoa was invited to join the 40+ group during the whole week to lead walk & talks and contribute to their innovation sessions.

Watch “Terranautica: Focus op biodiversiteit (1’50)

Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands

Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands

Drinkable Rivers founder Li An Phoa wrote an article about Drinkable Rivers and contaminants of emerging concern in the magazine of the Dutch National Water Authority, called Lichtkogel.

All Schools Unite!, Netherlands

All Schools Unite!, Netherlands

Together with twelve universities, Drinkable Rivers organises a nation-wide event, called Alle Scholen Verzamelen!, in which primary schools throughout the Netherlands join Drinkable Rivers citizen science and monitor flowing fresh water in their area.

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