Safe Water Access in developing countries
Access to clean water and sanitation, and good management of freshwater ecosystems are essential for human health, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.
Making water accessible and safe for the population and for ecosystems is therefore crucial for ensuring survival and good human and natural health. Unfortunately, even today there are too many communities not to have direct access to drinking water: there are more than 663 million people who still do not have it and 2.4 billion people still do not have access to basic sanitary facilities such as toilets or latrines.
For all these reasons the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the action program for people, the planet and prosperity signed in September 2015 by the governments of the 193 UN member countries, has included among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the secure access to the water resource.
"Safe Water Access" is the Goal number 6 of the Agenda 2030, one of the main goals to achieve, by 2030, universal and equitable access to safe and economic water for all, an ambitious goal that requires a strong support from international cooperation, and support to create activities and programs related to water and sanitation in developing countries, pledging to strengthen the participation and awareness of local communities in improving the management of water and sanitary facilities.
"Water is life": improve the hygienic, social and economic conditions of the local population thanks to a correct and safe management of the water resource
In line with what was declared by Agenda 6 of the Agenda 2030, to guarantee to everyone the availability and the sustainable management of water and sanitation facilities, Carbonsink is proud to be alongside the Italian NGO Mondobimbi Venetoin the realization of a project sustainable water supply in the Municipality of Tulear, Madagascar.
"Associazione Mondobimbi Veneto" is a non-profit organization active since 2015 in Madagascar to protect children's rights, nutrition, education, health and contribute to the education of self-sufficient young people. able to create a constructive role in society.
It is no coincidence that the commitment by the Italian non-profit organization with which Carbonsink has decided to collaborate to create a project to mitigate long-term climate change, able to achieve sustainability goals through innovative solutions, is in one of the African countries most affected by the problem of water supply: Madagascar.
The city of Tuléar, the provincial capital, located in the region of Atsimo-Andrefana, is located in a semi-desert area of the southwest of the island, where the lack of drinking water is the cause of various diseases that affect adults and children, including typhus, parasites and malaria. In addition, people are forced to travel long distances every day to reach the scarce sources of water supply, an activity that is most often performed by women and children.
The intervention aims to ensure the supply of safe drinking water for domestic use and irrigation of agricultural land, thanks to the construction of some wells with a protection system to increase accessibility to clean and safe drinking water around the city of Tulear, facilitating access to sources of drinking water for almost 8,000 households.
The main purpose of the project is to improve the sanitary, social and economic conditions of the local population thanks to a correct and safe management of the water resource, guaranteeing - at the same time - the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions generated by the combustion of wood, used to sterilize the water from the wells.
The project foresees the participation and involvement of the beneficiary communities, and of the local actors, in fact, alongside the structural interventions of the wells, initiatives are planned to sensitize the population on the correct and sustainable use of the underground water resource. In total, the project will have a positive impact on the daily lives of around 100,000 inhabitants.
Synergy between profit and no profit for the objectives of sustainable development
Projects like this confirm the need for a strong collaboration and synergy between the non-profit world and the private sector, demonstrating how these two worlds can interact in achieving the sustainable development objectives defined by the 2030 Agenda and in effectively counteracting climate change.
Project activities that provide clean and safe drinking water for local populations in developing countries, for example through the construction or rehabilitation of wells or the installation / distribution of water filters, may be certified by one of the most recognized and important international standards - Gold Standard - and can also generate carbon credits that can be sold on the voluntary market. The proceeds from the sale of carbon credits will be used, for example, to finance other similar projects and to keep this project alive.
Implementing climate change mitigation projects in developing countries, promoting sustainable local development, is one of the key activities of Carbonsink, always alongside companies, public and non-profit organizations in the design of a climate change mitigation strategy long-term, able to achieve sustainability goals through innovative solutions.
All Carbonsink’ projects are developed together with the subjects deemed most appropriate in reference to the social or cultural context in order to improve international cooperation between different sectors and to support a new sustainable business model in developing countries.