made students of the Joseph Calloni school in Bastia aware of water protection

The Permanent Center for Environmental Initiatives (CPIE) Center Corse – A Rinascita and its partner EDF Corse concluded on Friday 10 June at the Castirla hydroelectric power station the “Ecol’EAU” program that this year made it possible to raise awareness for 250 children from 9 sites spread across the island to the water cycle, resource conservation and the role of hydraulic energy in Corsica. “This year my CM1 class from the Joseph Calloni school was able to participate in an “Ecol’Eau” project thanks to the association A Rinascita.” says Ms Tesi-Ghirlanda, teacher at Calloni school, delighted that this program ends with a trip to the Castirla factory “with the explanation of an EDF agent about the operation of the site and about the safety measures taken to avoid any risk of accidents. Each student left with a small gift offered by the factory: a nice notebook and a key ring. It was a very instructive day for my class, the children were very interested. Thank you for this beautiful project!”
An unforgettable day for the students of the CM1 class of the Calloni school who ended their annual trip with a visit to the Golo hydroelectric power station. “I learned to make electricity with water. It’s very interesting! Besides, you have to be really careful around hydroelectric power plants, because the water can rise quickly and you have to be careful.” explains little Nassim, glad he was able to discover it “to the lord of EDF how to be safe.”
His friend Samy is also happy that he discovered a job he didn’t know “I really enjoyed this outing.” launches the child who did not know that, depending on the year, this hydroelectric power station supplies between 15 and 30% of the island’s electricity consumption and represents about 60% of the renewable energy production in Corsica.

“It relies on the EDF Corse facilities representing 199 megawatts (MW) of power, as well as mini-hydraulics for 27 MW. The hydroelectric development of Golo, which includes the hydraulic power stations of Castirla, Corscia and Sovenzia, will bring its 61 MW of power to the Corsican electrical system, while all the turbine water is returned to the natural environment.The use of water is defined in a coordinated way to reconcile this production with the needs of drinking water and in agricultural water. details of the EDF Corse agent who organized the day.

The Ecol’EAU program
The protection of the environment, water, aquatic environments and respect for their biodiversity are themes
preference for the CPIE Center Corse – A Rinascita (CPIE). By joining forces with EDF Corse under a partnership agreement and with the Office de l’Environnement de la Corse, another partner of the association, since 2010 the CPIE has been spreading the Ecol’EAU program over a school year to help young people aware of the need to save water, and in particular to enable them to discover its use for electricity production at the EDF Corse hydroelectric power stations in Golo, Fium’Orbu and Rizzanese. The hydraulic safety component is also addressed with a reminder of the safety instructions to be followed around watercourses in the presence of dams and hydroelectric power stations.

Every year there are between 10 and 12 classes in the valleys or near the valleys of Golo,
Fium’Orbu and Rizzanese, who benefit from the Ecol’Eau program, For each of the participating classes,
the CPIE pedagogical team provides four half-day educational sessions in the classroom and a visit to
land on hydraulic sites and infrastructures managed by EDF Corse in the hydraulic valleys
involved, in accordance with the requirements set by EDF Corse regarding the organization of visits and
security on the visited sites. Nearly 5,000 students have benefited from this program since its inception
in 2010.

The result of cooperation between the two partners, a playful and educational field notebook is given to everyone
the students of the program after each visit to an EDF Corsica hydroelectric power station to
awareness of the water cycle, resource conservation and the role of hydraulic energy in Corsica.

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