World Water Day

March 22, 2013

Today’s World Water Day is dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water. The objective of this UN initiative is to stress the importance of water as the basis of existence for everybody – because more than 780 million people worldwide currently don’t have access to clean water. Cooperation at the international and local level is vital to tackling future challenges as regards growing demand for water, supply of drinking water and funding.

 

Actors from politics, civil society as well as individuals worldwide have started cooperating in order to better work on these challenges. The Siemens Stiftung for instance supports drinking water projects in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Kenya. All these projects are implemented in close cooperation with partners and adapted to the unique needs of the local communities. What they have in common is a reliance on water filtration technology as well as a focus on education and financial sustainability. In these projects, the Siemens Stiftung works with customized, low-maintenance water filters that bring contaminated water up to drinking standards.

 

There are, however, many more solutions and fields of applications out there, such as solar thermal or rainwater harvesting systems that are urgently needed. Discovered, promoted and combined, these often small but very effective solutions have the capacity to improve basic supply in many regions of the world and this is why the Siemens Stiftung has launched the “empowering people. Award”. With over 150 Award entries in the category of “Water and Waste Water”, we are confident to find promising technologies, which can be used at household as well as at community level. Above all, we think that these technologies can leverage sustainable solutions for the management of water resources worldwide, especially when applied in combination with entrepreneurial and training activities.

 

You can find more information on the water projects of the Siemens Stiftung in its latest news “Drinking water and education generate income” as well as in the latest edition of the Africa Post Magazine.

For further information on the International Year of Water Cooperation, please refer to www.watercooperation2013.org

Caroline Weimann
Caroline Weimann

Caroline Weimann is member of the “empowering people. Award” team at the Siemens Stiftung (foundation). She studied International Law, Economics and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London as well as Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford. Before joining the Siemens Stiftung, she worked on health and development issues at the European Commission and at a consultancy firm for non-profit organizations.

 

Function:
Basic Needs & Social Entrepreneurship

Topics

  • Water & Waste Water
  • Food & Agriculture
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  • Water & Waste Water
  • Food & Agriculture