World Water Day 2013: Cooperation

Field workers from Blue Ventures being trained to use the LifeStraws, Madagascar, March 2013. Credit: Blue Ventures.
Field workers from Blue Ventures being trained to use the LifeStraws, Madagascar, March 2013. Credit: Blue Ventures.

 

Every year, World Water Day is held on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 

World Water Day annually highlights a specific aspect of freshwater, this year being the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. It is important to recognise that cooperation is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably, using water as an instrument of peace.

As part of ShelterBox‘s response to Cyclone Haruna in Madagascar, the disaster relief charity has partnered with Blue Ventures, a charity and social enterprise that works with some of the word’s poorest coastal communities to conserve threatened marine environments, both protecting biodiversity and alleviating poverty, to bring clean water to the disaster-affected communities.

‘The areas where we have been distributing emergency shelter to cyclone survivors have a good water source so the water filters in the ShelterBoxes have not been needed,’ said ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Peter Pearce (AU). ‘However, we heard that there were other villages that have been struggling to access clean water with contaminated water sources. So we got in touch with Blue Ventures, who has had a permanent base here since 2003.’

LifeStraw 

A Family LifeStraw goes into every ShelterBox packed at the charity’s headquarters in Cornwall, UK. Each one filters up to ten litres of water per hour and has a lifespan of around 18,000 litres.

‘ShelterBox has provided us with 200 Family LifeStraws to be distributed in the isolated commune of Befandefa, some 200 kilometres north of Toliara, right where Cyclone Haruna hit on 22 February,’ added Laura Robson, Blue Ventures Community Health Programme Coordinator.

 

Read more here: WATER

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