Italy is participating in the international EXPO to be held in Zaragoza from 14 June to 14 September 2008, the focus of which will be Water and Sustainable Development, a theme that also falls within the scope of the Millennium Goals and the more specific objectives of the UN-proclaimed Water for Life Decade (2005-2015).
Italy’s presence at the 208 Zaragoza EXPO is two-fold in aspect: historical–cultural, since Zaragoza was founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus in the year 23 B.C. and thus shares our culture and civilisation; and scientific–technological, in that is underscores our country’s sensitivity to a demanding, and at times tragic, contemporary theme that directly involves this primary element so indispensable to sustainable development.
As a result of its geographical position, multitude of coastal cities and age-old cult of water as an element vital in its artistic historical-cultural patrimony, Italy is a country for which water plays a predominant and omnipresent role.
The Zaragoza EXPO is aimed at inducing a common reflection on the problems of water in the contemporary world and on the role of water in situations of extreme scarcity or calamity. The Italian Pavilion presents a panorama of scientific, technological and engineering activities that foreground the role Italy is playing in all aspects of this sector: dams, canals, conduits, aqueducts, sewage treatment, desalination and purification.
The Italian regions participating in the event include CALABRIA, CAMPANIA, LAZIO, LOMBARDY, MOLISE, PIEMONTE, APUGLIA and VENETO.