The CEO of Agua Inc., Bianca Griffith, on June 17presented the Kotu Ponds project at the Cleantech Open in California, the United States.
Agua Inc is a waste water treatment company working towards the improvement of water and sanitation in The Gambia.
Cleantech Open is the world’s largest accelerator that ‘finds, funds and fosters entrepreneurs’ with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges.
The not-for-profit organization also provides a unique platform to promote new initiatives and source investment.
CEO Bianca’s presentation centered on the work currently ongoing at the Kotu Ponds which include the waste water treatment project and upgrading of the Kotu Ponds Treatment Facility in The Gambia.
“Agua Gambia is supporting and promoting Eco Friendly initiatives which is currently being developed in the country,” Bianca said.
She added that the event will be key to promoting the Gambia as a leader in sustainability to the world so as to meet the commitments made by the government in the Sustainable Development Goals.
She said: “We want to help the government improve the livelihoods of communities through best environmental practices and development approaches that strive to build climate resilient infrastructures and streamline climate change in national development. This will make The Gambia more adaptable to the adverse effects of climate change.”
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In 2014, Cleantech Open expanded the reach of its acceleration program beyond the United States through the Global Cleantech Innovation Program (GCIP): a joint program of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Cleantech Open.
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