The Expo 2008 world fair on water and sustainable development has opened in the Spanish city of Zaragoza.This content was published on June 14, 2008 - 13:32
King Juan Carlos officially opened the exhibition on Friday. An estimated 6.5 million people are expected to visit the fair before it closes in mid-September.
Switzerland will have its turn to take centre stage when the fair celebrates Swiss day on June 27.
The Swiss pavilion includes presentations of national expertise on hydrology and pollution. A special display of water animals is aimed at attracting the attention of young visitors.
The government approved a budget of SFr3 million ($2.5 million) for Switzerland's participation.
The Expo features Europe's biggest fresh water aquarium, a 76-metre water tower and 140 pavilions themed around different climate zones and representing 105 countries.
Around 2,000 environmental experts will produce a "Zaragoza Charter" with recommendations for solving problems such as the lack of clean water and the danger of wars fought over water resources.
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