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Water, technology popular themes for Expo pavilions

Countries find unique ways to personalize Expo 2015 themes

Water, technology popular themes for Expo pavilions

(By Sandra Cordon). Milan, August 30 - Countries taking part in Milan's Expo are finding unique approaches to the broader 2015 theme of sustainable food production to fight hunger and malnutrition around the globe now, and in the future. For the Czech Republic, the vital importance of clean water for sustaining life will be highlighted in the country's pavilion under the banner 'Laboratory of Life.' It will help to explain the role of water as an essential element in agriculture, how best to protect and utilize water resources, and what sort of government policies are necessary to further the goal. Drawing from its own experience in developing forward-looking water purification and management practises, while collaborating with technical experts, organic chemists and other specialists, presentations in the Czech pavilion are designed to showcase the country's expertise. And in a unique twist, the pavilion will also illustrate the role of water in Czechoslovakia’s world-famous glass production, now drawing on eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient technologies. Water is also of vital significance to the arid environment of Oman, whose theme at Expo 2105 will be 'The Sultanate of Oman: Heritage in Harvest. Harnessing the Sun, Sand & Sea'. Managing its hydrological resources is a top priority for nation located on the Arabian Peninsula, a region where water can be scarce. Through its 2,790-square-meter pavilion, Oman will demonstrate how, over many centuries, it has developed a complex system of irrigation - a network of canals called falaj - which has ensures the country a constant water supply. It also has a long history in the development of artificial coral reefs, and underwater gardens that are a source of biodiversity that encourages fishing and aquaculture. "Expo Milano 2015 is a global event which is eagerly awaited by the entire world," Mohsin Al Balushi, commissioner general of Oman’s Pavilion, said as officially signing on to the world's fair. Food and agricultural business ventures dovetail particularly well with the Milan Expo's theme: 'Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life', which centres on fighting famine and malnutrition worldwide through sustainable and healthy development, global cooperation and new technology. The Milan Expo, which runs from May 1 until October 31 2015, is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors and to be a massive money spinner for the city known as Italy's business capital. Preparations on a 1.1-million-square-meter site have been underway for years. Expo 2015 has already exceeded its participation goal by signing up 131 countries from around the globe to join in a world's fair dedicated to sustainable nutrition around the globe. Organizers were aiming to reach at least 130 members countries and are now on pace to sign up many more than that. Meanwhile, the Japanese pavilion will also demonstrate ways to weld tradition with innovation, drawing on the nation's ancient culture as well its newest technologies. One of the largest pavilions at the Milan Expo 2015, the Japanese base will use a variety of technologies to demonstrate ways of making the most of scarce nutritional resources. Food production will be highlighted, including new techniques and innovations developed in raising fish and cultivating rice - two staples in the diet of the Asian giant. Similarly, South Korea will use its pavilion to raise issues of how to make the most effective use of technology to produce more and better food while Thailand - one of the world's largest producers of the grain - will also focus attention on rice production. Thailand, through its 2,000-square-metre pavilion, also intends to raise interest in its traditional architecture and spirituality while at the same time, making use of local and environmentally friendly materials.

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