How integrated water buffer management, including the 3R approach, transforms lives and economies

June 10th, 2016By: Rain editor

Here’s the deal: we will not achieve global food security without water security. The integrated management of land and water buffers is crucial. If done properly, integrated landscape and water management not only provides safer livelihoods, it will also offer jobs, better chances for young people, more environmental services and more economic opportunities.


3 things we should do to manage water buffering


Investing in sustainable solutions as the 3R approach of recharging, retaining and reusing water will transform lives and economies. Buffers simply give people a sense of security. But to achieve all of this, some steps need to be taken. So if we want to manage land and water, we should:

– Scale. Scale requires new, tested governance systems and business models. Models that are based on the quantum benefits that integrated landscape management can bring.
– Design stronger buffers and extend the chain of water uses. This includes the 3R concept. Recharge adds water to the buffer, retention slows down the outflow and increases water tables and reuse takes care of the recirculation of water in the system.
– Make buffer management an intricate part of green growth. Because investment in natural resource management makes business sense.


What are the opportunities for promoting water buffer management with 3R?


This book is about sustainable land management, the development of 3R solutions and the business case underneath it. The book contains a series of innovative cases that demonstrate how sustainable buffer management can be done at scale. Want to apply some of the cases’ wisdom in your own domain? Don’t hesitate to contact RAIN.