Johana
Sanabria

Project: Agua Urbana V&B: verde y biodiversa

Agua Urbana V&B: verde y biodiversa (which means Urban water: green and biodiverse) aims to provide a digital tool that can be used by local suppliers and environmental associations to accelerate the implementation of green infrastructure in private areas and effectively manage urban water. 

It is an online simulator that helps local suppliers showcasing their green infrastructure solutions at the neighbourhood scale, featuring their benefits (temperature reduction, water runoff reduction, carbon sequestration and biodiversity support) and opportunities to build a more water permeable and greener city.

Agua Urbana V&B provides information in a visual way, allowing people to reach potential donators, for example travellers, willing to carbon compensate the distance traveled at a local scale.

About Johana Sanabria

Johana has been interested in water management since her first job as field engineer treating the wastewater of different industries at her home city Bogota, Colombia. However this experience gave her a frustrating feeling after realizing that even if industries comply to legislation, the efforts were not enough to protect our surface waters. Couple years after, she joined the university of San Francisco in the United States where she developed an interest in urban planning, specifically in management of urban rainwater.

Johana did an internship with an eco-district in the city of San Francisco to see where it was appropriate to implement green infrastructure to reduce flooding risks. This experience was the source of inspiration for Agua Urbana V&B, her project. This experience showed her three things: 1) Local associations are able to organize themselves to ensure decentralization of water management, 2) green infrastructure should be implemented in a faster rate given that benefits are well identified and local providers exist in almost all major cities and 3) Public areas are targeted by government but private areas should be changed, should be greener and that depends on all of us.  

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