RAIN and Pakhuis De Zwijger organised Circular City #6: Think big, act small
We will take you all around the world to learn from smart and sustainable solutions in a broader, environmental perspective. During a two hour programme on the 12th of December in Pakhuis De Zwijger (Amsterdam), Teddy Twine, Indira Shakya and Zen the Rainman, amongst others, will show us how to make effective use of resources. Rob Hopkins, the co-founder of Transition Towns, will reflect upon the cases presented. The programme is free and open to everyone!
If you want to register for the programme go the www.dezwijger.nl, go to our programme and click the red reservation button “reserveer”. We will see you there!
Vacature: Secretaresse/ Programma Assistent WASH Alliance Management Unit (16 – 20 uur)
De WASH Alliantie zet zich in voor duurzame toegang tot en gebruik van water, sanitaire voorzieningen en verbeterde hygiënische gewoontes voor vrouwen en gemarginaliseerde groepen in 8 landen in Afrika en Azië. De WASH Alliantie is een samenwerkingsverband tussen 6 organisaties: Akvo, AMREF Flying Doctors, ICCO, RAIN, Simavi en WASTE. Voor het coördineren van de samenwerking is er de WASH Management Unit (WAMU). De werkzaamheden van de WAMU richten zich voornamelijk op programma management, planning, monitoring en evaluatie (PME) en leren. De officiële voertaal van de Alliantie is Engels, maar onderling op de werkvloer wordt Nederlands gesproken.
Ter ondersteuning van de Programme Manager, Programme Officer en PME Manager is de WAMU op zoek naar een secretaresse vanaf januari 2014 (16 - 20 uur per week, verspreid over 3 dagen). De secretaresse is verantwoordelijk voor de financiële, organisatorische en administratieve ondersteuning van de WAMU. De secretaresse rapporteert aan de Programme Manager en stemt werkzaamheden af met de andere medewerkers op de WAMU.
Klik hier voor meer informatie.
Multifunctional Roads: for access, water harvesting and drainage.
One way in which poor communities are marginalized is lack of access- to public services, markets and employment opportunities- due to a lack of good roads. Many a time, the problem is the frequent damage to existing roads (rather than absence of roads).
A large part of the damage is water-related. (In Ethiopia, for example, runoff causes 35% of all road damage). At the same time, roads designed with disregard to local hydrology/water use are known to wreak havoc on agriculture and water security in communities they pass through.
But roads and water are not natural enemies. Examples show that roads can be designed in ways that slow runoff, minimize erosion, and help groundwater recharge. And that water harvesting structures can help improve access by protecting roads and even adding to existing networks.
The webinar is free and open to all. For details on how to attend, local timings, related resources, speakers and the organisers, go to www.thewaterchannel.tv/webinar.
For more resources on roads and other forms of multifunctional infrastructure, go to www.thewaterchannel.tv/multi.
First World Irrigation Forum in Mardin, Turkey
Between 29 September and 3 October 2013 the 64th IEC and the 1st World Irrigation Forum (WIF) of ICID was held in Mardin, Turkey. WIF brought together all the stakeholders concerned with agriculture water management to focus discussions on all the issues. About 750 participants from 61 countries and 12 international organisations attended the forum. It included policy makers, experts, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, private sector companies and farmers.
The main theme was ‘Irrigation and drainage in a changing world. Challenges and opportunities for global food security’. Within the context of the main theme there were three sub-themes discussed:
• Policy, Science and Society Interactions;
• Challenges and Developments in Financing Irrigation and Drainage Sector;
• Integrated Water Management Approaches for Sustainable Food Production.
Many experts and professionals of the world meet together on the platform and find ways for issues of sustainable agricultural in which the most important input is water for irrigation. The 3R (Recharge, Retention, Reuse) approach does not only enhance buffer management in a catchment for both water and food security, but also supports communities to work together in facing water scarcity and managing the resources in their catchment. However, integrating the 3R approach in local planning and implementation is still a challenge.
Technology alone will not resolve the issues of water and food security. Informed policies, financial management, reorientation of institutions, awareness of local communities and transparent governance require innovation and advances to respond to challenges. Government institutions need to assess the needs and roles of different actors, especially of the new generation professionals.
During the platform the focus was on the farmers instead of the technology. The farmers are the managers of water in the lower distribution system and on-farm, so it is important to pay attention to them. IFAD took 9 young experts with them to the World Irrigation Forum. The young experts participated in several workshops. They were presented as a good example for the future employees in the irrigation and drainage sector.
RAIN had informal meetings conducted during the WIF with several Dutch partners such as Rijkswaterstaat, Wageningen University, Delft University and UNESCO-IHE. Besides that we had meetings with representatives from organisations like FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). This resulted in better mutual understanding and expansion of our network. We consider this as the first step in future partnerships.
Visit www.worldirrigationforum.org for more information about the 1st World Irrigation Forum.
Become part of it: Rainwater for Food Security
An enabling environment for rainwater harvesting (RWH) has been developed through the website www.rain4food.net. This website will support sharing of knowledge, experiences and tools on the multiple use purposes of RWH.
• You can join the globally oriented network for people and organisations active in the field of RWH.
• You can search, contact and link to relevant NGOs, government authorities, private sector actors, donors and experts working in your region and/or field of expertise.
• You can take a look at the projects of rainwater harvesting in several countries.
• You can find documents about RWH or upload your own information about RWH to the sharing documents.
Visit www.rain4food.net to find out more about the programme!
RAIN Annual Report 2012
We kindly invite you to take a look at RAIN’s year report 2012. RAIN wishes to thank all its partners who have contributed so effectively to the realization of all achievements in 2012 and looks forward to reach out to more and more people: let us make each rain drop count!
For the web-version, please click here.
For a printable version, click here.
Enjoy the reading !
Water harvesting has been practiced successfully for millennia in parts of the world – and some recent interventions have also had significant local impact. Yet water harvesting’s potential remains largely unknown, unacknowledged and unappreciated.
It is time to scale-up the ‘good practices’ of water harvesting that have survived or emerged from new experience, after decades of almost exclusive focus on mastering fresh water flows in rivers and lakes through investments in irrigation infrastructure. Water harvesting offers under-exploited opportunities for the predominantly rainfed farming systems of the drylands in the developing world. It works best in precisely those areas where rural poverty is worst. When practiced well, its impact is to simultaneously reduce hunger and alleviate poverty, as well as to improve the resilience of the environment.
There is a hidden wealth of knowledge about these water harvesting technologies, and the settings in which they tend to perform best. This is the first time this knowledge has been uncovered, collated and made available in such an organized, illustrated and informative way – linking technologies to the knowledge networks that will serve the intended users of these practical guidelines to better understand and implement their choices.
For more information contact Robert Meerman
Breakthrough in Senegal: ingenuity and local entrepreneurship combined
The need for Rainwater Harvesting has been growing rapidly over the last decennia. Basis for this increasing popularity is the growing need for water not only to be used for agriculture purposes, but also for producing high quality drinking water in combination with the awareness that rainwater is a valuable water source.
Aqua-Aero WaterSystems have developed a simple, economic and cheap solution to capture rainwater, sell it and thus deliver a financial sustainable option.
In July 2012 they realized a rainwater harvesting pilot project in Senegal capturing 65,000 liters.
In order to reduce costs, they used a 0.5 mm PE foil sheet tank that was situated into a hole in the ground. These tanks, or ‘RainCAPs’, can be best described as a giant plastic bag. No concrete, RVS or other expensive materials were used. They dig a hole, add a simple 4 layer brick stone wall and lower the plastic bag into it.
In June 2012 the RainCAP system was installed in Senegal. One month later the rain season started, filling the foil tanks rapidly. Once the tanks were full, and tests had proved the water pathogens free, people were invited to taste and buy the water. Over the last month an increasing number of people started buying water. After 4 months of operation they sold 20,000 liters of water. The collected rainwater appears to be of high quality, the taste is excellent and the foil construction works fine.
Read more... (last part of the article on the website of International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA))
RAIN receives grant from IFAD
IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development provides RAIN Foundation with a grant to execute a global program on ‘Rainwater Harvesting for Food Security; Setting an enabling institutional and policy environment for rainwater harvesting’. We are very proud and happy, because it will give RAIN Foundation the opportunity to make a difference.
Though there are various RWH focused organizations and networks, their initiatives and practices are often scattered and disunited. Access to each other’s experiences, resources and lessons, while simultaneously joining forces to influence policies is still not widely practiced. Sound knowledge management systems on this specific topic are absent, making it difficult for an ‘outsider’ to judge which information to use and how to decide when RWH is an adequate solution. This grant will make it possible to develop and manage a viable knowledge management system, as a strengthening tool to the very valuable existing initiatives on RWH.
In the next 2.5 years, RAIN's main objectives using this grant will be to:
- mobilise and strengthen a range of existing rainwater harvesting (RWH) networks to undertake collective action
- develop global, regional and national inter-institutional learning systems on RWH
- reinforce innovative RWH approaches and mainstream these into quality enhancing operations
Potential of Rainwater Harvesting
RWH is often solely perceived for its relation with drinking water, while the potential for other uses, such as kitchen gardening, food production, groundwater recharge, water retention at watershed level, for environmental use etcetera is huge. RAIN aims to contribute to above-mentioned elements, thereby, giving a boost to the uptake and up scaling of RWH.
Harvest RAIN, store the future
RAIN is an international network which aims to increase the access to water for vulnerable sections of society in developing countries - women and children in particular - by collecting and storing rainwater.
Started in December 2003, RAIN focuses on field implementation of small-scale rainwater harvesting projects, capacity building of local organisations and knowledge exchange on rainwater harvesting on regional and a global scale.
For more information, please contact Guus Paardekooper, Managing Director of RAIN at paardekooper(at)rainfoundation.org.
Akvo projects app online now
Go to our page Projects and find out more!
The Dutch WASH works towards a society in which everybody has access to sustainable water and sanitation. In this alliance, Simavi, AMREF, ICCO, WASTE, RAIN and Akvo intensify their already ongoing cooperation and coordination in order to further increase effectiveness and efficiency and learn from each other in WASH projects. We work in Bangladesh, Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nepal and Uganda with a range of programme partners. Click here an visit the website!
Je Krijgt Wat Je Geeft!
Ontwikkelingssamenwerking staat op de bezuinigingsagenda. Prominente Nederlanders waaronder Herman Wijffels, Peter R. de Vries, Doutzen Kroes, Hadassah de Boer, Victoria Koblenko, Louis van Gaal, Doekle Terpstra en Bert Koenders spreken zich vandaag 5 maart in een open brief in METRO uit tegen nog meer bezuinigingen op ontwikkelingssamenwerking.
Hun oproep: Investeren in ontwikkelingssamenwerking is investeren in de toekomst. Hierop bezuinigen is een historische vergissing. Dit zal als een boemerang terugkomen! Lees de volledige open brief.
MUS Group meeting 2011 in Rome
From 31 May - 1 June, the yearly MUS Group meeting was held in Rome, hosted by IFAD. During the preceding MUS Group meeting in November 2010, the MUS Group discussed planning and implementation guidelines, as developed by several of its members. Based on this, a commitment was made to consolidate more generic planning and implementation guidelines for MUS. This year's MUS Group meeting therefore focused on discussing these generic guidelines further. To feed the generic guidelines with practical experiences, NGOs, research organisations and IFAD (host), shared experiences in applying the MUS approach. Objectives of the meeting were:
- Sharing of experiences in MUS implementation
- Furthering work on generic planning and implementation guidelines for MUS
- Sharing IFAD’s experiences in MUS and exploring opportunities for collaboration on MUS.
A summary for generic MUS guidelines was presented on “how to” do MUS. Four MUS entry points were presented:
- Domestic-plus: near/at homestead; more water to ‘climb the water ladder’, 3-5 lpcd safe water.
- Irrigation-plus: add-ons for access, year-round storage/supplies, groundwater recharge, fish-crop, ecosystem services
- MUS technologies by design -individual/communal (e.g., rope-and-washer pumps, hybrid gravity systems, tanks/reservoirs, point-of-use treatment, soil and water conservation)
- Community-driven MUS by design: participatory planning for multiple uses and sources; increasingly integrated in local government for scaling
For full information, see the report and minutes.
RAIN receives 44.000 euro grant from "Stichting 2015"
On the 23rd of June RAIN was awarded a grant of 44.000 Euros by the “Stichting 2015” for the implementation of three sand dams for multiple use in Ethiopia. These sand dams are a component of a larger project in collaboration with the Dutch water boards Velt & Vecht and Hollandse Delta, which will run from 2011 to 2013. The project aims to provide water using sand dams. The water from the dams can be used for cattle breeding, small-scale agriculture as well as clean drinking water. Next to this, the project focuses stronly on governance and management of water supply from sand dams.
Each year ”Stichting 2015” from the municipality of Hardenbeg, selects projects that contribute to the MDGs. This year RAIN Foundation, Vitens-Evidens and SOS kinderdorpen were the lucky nominees. The check was handed over by the mayor of Hardenberg to Robert Meerman from RAIN, at the yearly hot air balloon festival in the municipality of Hardenberg.
Out now: Water Management in Motion
Since TheWaterChannel was launched in 2009, it has been receiving frequent requests that some of the videos be made available on discs. Most of this demand came from educational institutions in developing countries, where internet connectivity is often slow and limited. TheWaterChannel carried out among members of Cap-Net, the international network for capacity building in IWRM, a survey to assess the exact nature and extent of this demand. Based on the findings, we recently developed ‘Water Management in Motion,’ a set of 6 DVDs containing videos and learning material covering important issues under 6 themes: IWRM; Climate Change; Water Pollution, Water Quality and Waste Water; Rainwater Harvesting, Recharge, Retention and Reuse;Groundwater Management and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
The package can be used for educational and training purposes, conference screening, capacity building activities, and as advocacy tool. It will be distributed free of cost among individuals and institutions engaged in water-related education. We thank all the producers who contributed their videos. This project was supported by Cap-Net, GWP, IFAD,NUFFIC, RAIN, UNESCO-IHE and WGF. If you would like a copy, visit www.thewaterchannel.tv/watermanagementinmotion for more information
Micro-credit and rainwater harvesting discussed at IRC symposium
More than 120 sector professionals gathered from 27 countries in The Hague to discuss and debate under the banner of the IRC Symposium 2010 “Pumps, Pipes and Promises”. Over three days - from 16-18 November - they presented, heard and discussed almost 40 papers related to costs, finances and accountability.
The IRC 2010 Symposium reflected a shift in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector towards the primacy of services over infrastructure, understanding the need for much greater clarity in planning and financing services that reach people with the regularity and quality they demand.
In particular it demonstrated the need for data that can be understood and used by those who make decisions about finance. One of the key questions was what are the best models for financing construction costs and maintenance and support costs? RAIN presented a paper about micro-credit and rainwater harvesting. Read more…..
RAIN 3R session at the Stockholm World Water Week 2010
RAIN is co-hosting the session ‘The Potential of 3R to Improve Water Quality and Quantity’ at the Stockholm World Water Week. This session will be held on Sunday 5th of September, from 9:00 to 12:30 hrs in room K11 at the premises of the Stockholm World Water Week.
The event is organized by the Rainwater Harvesting Implementation Network (RAIN), Acacia Water, MetaMeta, the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany (BGR) together with Southern & Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SEARNET) and The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Furthermore it is sponsored by Aqua for all (A4A) and the Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC). Read more...
For more information about 3R, please visit www.bebuffered.com
For further information, including how to get to the venue, please visit: www.worldwaterweek.org
Pilot started in Nepal on rainwater for securing water, food and energy
BSP-Nepal and IDE Nepal have joined hands early 2010 to develop a pilot on rainwater harvesting for securing water, food and energy in rural and remote villages in Nepal. Although rainwater harvesting storage capacity often seems to be a limiting factor to make multiple use of rainwater economically and financially feasible, it is found that people tend to manage the water from the rainwater harvesting system very efficiently. A rainwater storage system of 10 cubic metres is sufficient to provide a family with water for drinking and other small domestic uses for a whole year (based upon 5 litres per person per day). The main goal of this pilot is to assess the possibilities and limitations of using rainwater for drinking water, biogas production and irrigation in order to support a livelihood approach in rainwater harvesting projects in rural areas in Nepal. Read more...