Watersheds and cities: social participation to improve the health of ecosystems and water provision
Our project has helped to facilitate dialogue between government, civil society organisations (CSOs), and the private sector to negotiate fair agreements as well as co-responsible and sustainable solutions to address water and development issues.
We now work with a more comprehensive approach – the 'hydro-social' water cycle – that allows us to understand the interrelationships between people, use of natural resources, and ecosystem integrity.
Indigenous communities leading water resilience in the Andes
In the past, indigenous communities in Peru have not been consulted on what could be done with River Basins where they live.
This was the first time that a public consultation for water has taken place. Our work has contributed to having indigenous peoples’ values and visions towards water recognised by authorities in planning processes for land and water conservation in the Peruvian Andes.
Sustainable river management in Southern Guatemala
The establishment of a hydrological information management system has enhanced communication between riparian communities. It has allowed us to share community practices on dealing with floods.
The sustainable management of the rivers of southern Guatemala has reduced the high level of conflict around water in the region.
Water Producer Project in the Pipiripau watershed: building resilience in a water-conflict area in Brazil
We used participatory water allocation processes, based on a payment for ecosystem approach, for resolving water conflicts between farmers and municipal water supply organisations.
Our project has brought farmers closer to environmental and water management organisations, significantly minimising conflicts.
Water for the future: supporting California farmers to replenish groundwater for drought, flood, and climate resilience
Our California-based initiative has established a Groundwater Leadership Forum (GLF) as a neutral platform for agriculturalists, environmental activists, and communities to understand each other’s perspectives and needs regarding groundwater management.
We are working with the GLF community and environmental groups to ensure that groundwater recharge is implemented in ways that protect water quality.
Uhakika wa Maji! Citizen-action, accountability monitoring and advocacy for water and climate security in Africa
Our initiative documented the perspectives of farmers, water user associations, and pastoralists – and brought to the public eye the need for accountable and resilient water governance transformation in Tanzania.
We aim to send a clear message that water has infinite value to us all and must therefore receive the highest political priority.
Atlantic Forest Experimental Center
The Atlantic Forest is one of the richest areas in terms of biodiversity in the world. However, because it is located in the coastal area of Brazil, where more than 70% of the population lives, this type of forest has been under great pressure from human activity.
Though a combination of green and grey infrastructure, our project has significantly reduced runoff, erosion and silting which has translated into increasing the biodiversity in the forest.
The Tungurahua Moorland and Poverty Reduction Fund, driven by the indigenous and rural vision of Tungurahua
Water has an incalculable value in the life of our indigenous communities – historic, spiritual, and for health – therefore, the value of water is as great as the value of life itself. For a long time, this point of view has not been taken into account by local authorities.
The Tungurahua Moorland and Poverty Reduction Fund was set up by local indigenous farmers to advocate and invest in water solutions that satisfy the needs of communities and farmers without jeopardising the sustainability of the water sources.
Global Network of Water Museums: A "flagship initiative" of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme
WAMU-NET aims to encourage (water) museums to represent different water cultures and integrate water values inclusively, influencing future change by bridging past and present “liquid heritage” within the UN SDG implementation context.
Our mission is to promote the transmission to future generations of both natural and cultural water heritage and the values associated with this.
The Masungi Georeserve story: restoring forgotten watersheds through youth-led movements
Disadvantaged communities in the upland regions, including indigenous communities, rarely have accurate information and education about water quality and ecosystem integrity. This prevents them from actively participating in water issues and taking action to secure it.
We used community-based education to make people more aware of the socio-cultural and ecological values of water and an intact forest.
Sudanese youth driven by passion and knowledge to alter water supply and sanitation situations in Sudan
Women are among the most neglected in decision-making in Sudanese communities. However, they are the ones most affected by water and sanitation challenges.
We conducted workshops and focus group discussions to capture and mobilise women’s voices on issues and potential solutions related to water and sanitation services in Sudan.
Water and hydro-energy are driving self-sustainable development in the Sarayoj indigenous community
Our project resulted in the Sarayoj indigenous community installing a hydro-powered facility which has turned water into a guaranteed autonomous, sustainable, resilient, and unlimited source of well-being.
The community now has a secure, permanent water system, and the energy can be used to pump water, use sprinkler systems, and (in the future) drip irrigation systems.
Green River: community-led ecosystems and livelihood regeneration in Gundar River Basin, Tamil Nadu, India
This monsoon-dependant region is one the most drought-stricken places on the planet.
Our initiative has led to communities in the Gundar River Basin implementing local biodiversity conservation and disaster-resilient action plans to revitalise ecosystems and build strong social capital.