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Water in Barcelona Metropolitan Area

We talk about water to talk about the environment

When we talk about the environment, we are basically referring to three areas, the water cycle, waste and the environment, in which the Barcelona Metropolitan Area currently has competence both in management and in its legislative capacity.

Water is a non-infinite common good that must be preserved to guarantee the continuity of the life cycle, the water cycle being a vital process for the maintenance and stability of the planet.

Water cycle in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area

The AMB has competence regarding the Water Cycle in:

  • Domiciliary supply of drinking water or downstream supply.
  • Sanitation of the water collected for use.
  • Sewage Treatment.
  • Regeneration of purified water for other uses.
  • Coordination of municipal sanitation and sewerage systems.
  • Rate regulation.

Regarding waste management and everything, and that the Society is increasingly aware of the importance of recycling for the conservation and maintenance of the Environment and biodiversity, we are still far from the objectives set by the European Union.

According to EU guidelines for 2020, a municipal selective collection rate of 50% should have been achieved. This index has only been achieved by 9 municipalities in the Metropolitan Area (3% of the total population), with the average of the AMB at 38%. It is worth noting the importance of continuing to work in this area if we want to achieve the 70% limit set by the EU by 2030.

In the area of ​​Waste, the AMB intervenes in a competent way in:

  • Treatment of municipal waste and works as well as their recovery and disposal of non-recyclable waste.
  • Coordination of municipal collection systems.
  • Choice and selection of packaging.

At the Environmental level, the role of the AMB is of vital importance as the Metropolitan Area is a space of high population and industrial density, with the policies applied having a direct impact on the environment. In the same way, these policies must also take into account the private company so that the legislation is feasible with the productive and economic fabric of the Sector.

Thus, environmental policies must be innovated and applied in such a way that they comply with the European Commission’s roadmap “A low carbon economy by 2050” applying the package of measures on climate and energy by 2030 and doing so collaboratively and gradually taking into account the Private Sector.


Environmental Competencies at the AMB

Competences of the AMB in Environment:

  • Metropolitan action plan for the protection of the environment, health and biodiversity and the fight against climate change.
  • Noise pollution and emission of environmental reports.
  • Municipal collaboration in environmental management policies.
  • Promotion and management of renewable energy installation.

Taking a first photo of the situation of the Metropolitan Area and the current competencies of the AMB, from BDF we believe it is necessary to promote the Barcelona Metropolitan Area as a superior entity with legislative and management capacity to efficiently serve an area made up of 36 municipalities and 636 km2 with a population of more than 3 million inhabitants.

This management will only be possible to give it efficiently through the formula of the mixed management of public-private collaboration, understanding it as “the different forms of cooperation between public authorities and the business world, whose objective is to guarantee financing, construction, renovation, management or the maintenance of an infrastructure or the provision of a service ”(according to the Green Book of the European Commission); In this way, it is possible to unite the capacities and virtues of the two sectors for the common good, which is none other than having a quality service, self-sufficient, sustainable and respectful with the environment.

What is Barcelona Federal District?

What is BDF?

BDF is an association created with the intention of recovering the objective of building a metropolitan Barcelona. At BDF we find that Barcelona is losing opportunities in the competitive global environment that is building GLOBAL CITIES around the different metropolitan events existing in the world.

BDF wants Barcelona to become part of the Global Cities network without leaving the blind forces of the global economy; but neither to anti-system prejudices, the determination of their future. Because the difference between a future like a megalopolis or another like a Global City is the same that separates Lagos from Singapore, a difference that is determined by multiple factors; but among which the quality of governance stands out.

The metropolitan essence of truly existing Barcelona is now present in the discourse of all political and social agents; but that does not necessarily mean that they consider the metropolitan fact as the central axis of their proposals; for many it is just a nice speech; For BDF, prioritizing a metropolitan approach is the condition for building a Barcelona open to the world, inclusive, supportive, capable of creating wealth and employment for all and guaranteeing civility and coexistence.

BDF aims to sensitize political agents, elected officials and institutions so that it is possible to properly take advantage of the synergies generated around a GLOBAL CITY, maximizing the efficiency of investments with the consequent increase in external capital raising, and the corollaries of a greater capacity for attracting innovation, technology and knowledge, which allows powerful access to the new axes of the global economy.

Consequently, BDF intends to make a small contribution, in the area of ​​reflection and thought, to make this Metropolitan Barcelona a locomotive of Catalonia, Spain and Europe. A reference among the metropolises.


BDF objectives and actions

Our identity document is the work “A project for Metropolitan Barcelona” presented in February 2019 in which the strengths and weaknesses of the project are analyzed and in which we conclude by affirming the need to improve metropolitan governance and move towards construction of a new political subject based on the metropolitan social economic reality. We reached this conclusion from the consideration of the nonsense that it means to live anchored in the melancholy of a past that could be and was not or face the challenges of the present sick from the past with the result of making impossible the construction of the future that we want and that we believe we deserve .

The work has just begun and we are aware that it will be neither short nor easy; For this reason, BDF’s future plans are to continue developing documents that model and outline the institutional and strategic elements necessary to consolidate a project for Barcelona as a GLOBAL CITY. We are currently working on Governance and the water cycle, which we hope to share with all the political forces, institutions, entities and interested associations shortly.


Join forces to multiply efficiency


BDF is aware of the enormous wealth and diversity of the civil society of the Metropolitan Barcelona and precisely for this reason it sees it necessary to build a network of contacts, which allows coordinating the different initiatives that operate in this field. The option of coming together in a lobby that shares with BDF the objective of promoting BARCELONA GLOBAL would be an important boost to this initiative of civil society and we offer to collaborate with all those who can share this objective.

We carry out our work with the vocation to understand and help, that is, with the will to learn and share

Relating the great city and territory

Global migration to cities

As of 2007, the urban population outnumbered the rural population for the first time in history, and we know that according to United Nations forecasts, 70-80% of the world population will live in urban areas by 2050.
This abrupt growth of cities is the most important trend of the 21st century, and places cities as key actors in the political, economic and social spheres, and above all, makes their commitment to global governance essential in matters such as climate change, the management of minors at risk of social exclusion or poverty, immigrants or refugees.
In Europe we are taking advantage of this trend, and it seems less strange to us, but even so, we have many great issues to tackle, and we want to make a proposal, to set our sights on the origin of society: municipalism.

Characteristics of the municipalities

The municipality is a natural administrative level that exists throughout the world. In fact, it has always existed veiled by the needs of the weakest in the community. We don’t have to invent anything.
When we speak of municipalities, we speak of administrations that are close to citizens.
And what happened? When did this change?
Well, as the politicians were taking more power, they were specializing and bureaucratizing, and of course, in the boss of a short time there were drawing lines to avoid conflicts, the borders. Kingdoms, regions, nations, states, provinces, regions …
The reality is that the territory and the city continue to be interconnected, and that Barcelona is much more than its 1,620,000 inhabitants, what a disaster if only they had to draw the future of Barcelona.
There are two ways to * interconnect the different municipalities, turning rural municipalities into beneficiaries of subsidies and public contributions of the taxes that have been * collected * mainly in large cities, or linking the rural economy with that of the big city.

At a time when the globalization destabilizes the economy with unforeseeable consequences, it is important to start a deep reflection on how we can link the products that can be obtained in our territory with the demand of the big city, thus guaranteeing the maintenance of rural structures, and very important: the landscape we have today.

A society without borders

Where are the borders?
If you raise borders, you isolate yourself, and at this moment in history, what we need is to be sponges and learn from everywhere to face all the changes that come to us.
The future is networks of interconnected people that • work together to generate value, by  matching technology.
We want cities without physical borders. We do not understand borders, we understand people.

The responsibility of the territory is shared, we are all necessary to draw a 2050 that does not scare us.

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