Wasser – Eine lebenswichtige Ressource in Gefahr

Weltweit erhöht sich der Druck auf die Wasserressourcen: Der Bedarf nimmt spektakulär zu, die Verfügbarkeit ist jedoch begrenzt. Eine der Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts ist, diese lebenswichtige Ressource zu schonen und für eine gerechte und entwicklungsfördernde Verteilung zu sorgen. Als Wasserschloss Europas verfügt die Schweiz über ausgewiesene Kompetenzen im schonenden Umgang mit Wasser, was ihr in der Internationalen Zusammenarbeit eine hohe Glaubwürdigkeit gibt.

Bevölkerungswachstum, Verstädterung, Klimawandel, Umweltverschmutzung, Landnutzungsänderungen und Wirtschaftswachstum wirken sich unmittelbar auf die Wasserressourcen aus. Im Jahr 2025 werden zwei Drittel aller Menschen in Gebieten mit Wasserknappheit leben. Es ist von zentraler Bedeutung für die Entwicklung, dass bei der Verteilung von Wasser soziale Gleichberechtigung, wirtschaftliche Effizienz und Umweltverträglichkeit gewährleistet werden. Die DEZA ist seit mehr als drei Jahrzehnten im Wasserbereich tätig und deckt folgende Aspekte ab: Soziales, Umwelt, Wirtschaft, Gouvernanz, Innovations- und Technologieförderung, Wissenstransfer und Politikdialog sowie Wasser und Frieden (Blue Peace).

Nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung

Die DEZA fördert effiziente Wassernutzung in der Wirtschaft und eine friedliche Zusammenarbeit von Ländern in grenzüberschreitenden Einzugsgebieten

Internationale Priorität

Die DEZA setzt sich dafür ein, dass das Wasserziel der Agenda 2030 für Nachhaltige Entwicklung rasch umgesetzt und dass der nachhaltige Umgang mit Wasser international stärker thematisiert wird

Recht auf Wasser und Sanitärversorgung

Die DEZA setzt sich mit konkreten Projekten und im Politikdialog dafür ein, dass die Menschenrechte auf Wasser und auf Sanitärversorgung umgesetzt werden

Blue Peace: Wasser als Instrument für den Frieden

Die Schweiz reagiert mit den Aktionslinien zum Thema Wasser und Sicherheit, der Swiss Toolbox für Blue Peace, auf die Herausforderung des weltweit ansteigenden Wasserbedarfs

Wasser in der Krise

Der Schutz des Wassers gehört heute zu den grössten Herausforderungen: Weltweit steigt der Bedarf, doch die Verfügbarkeit stagniert. Die Schweiz engagiert sich für den Zugang zu Trinkwasser, sichere Sanitäranlagen und eine gerechte Verteilung.

Fachwebsite der DEZA zum Thema Wasser

Fachinformationen (News, Dokumente, Instrumente, Methoden) zum Wissensaustausch und zur Zusammenarbeit mit Partner und Fachleuten

www.sdc-water.ch

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Aktuelle Projekte

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Cryospheric Observation and Modelling for improved Adaptation in Central Asia (CROMO-ADAPT)

01.04.2021 - 31.12.2025

Climate change in Central Asia mountain regions will have significant impacts on water availability and occurrence of natural hazards. This project strengthens the glacier, snow and permafrost monitoring systems and capacities in Central Asia, develops user-oriented climate information services, and supports the planning of adaptation measures to increase resilience to climate change. The project builds on Swiss expertise in monitoring and adaptation in alpine water and disaster risk management.


Resilience for Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya

01.03.2021 - 31.07.2025

Pastoralism is a millennia old livelihood strategy adapted to the marginal and harsh environ-ments of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL). In order to support pastoralists, this programme contributes to strengthening public and private institutions in the water and livestock sectors, putting policy frameworks in place to ensure efficient county-wide and cross-border water and rangeland management systems, and to increase access to water and pasture.


Financing Basin Development at Municipal Level (Localized Blue Peace)

15.02.2021 - 31.12.2024

Whit this contribution, Switzerland catalyses the set-up of a technical assistance facility, managed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund. Based on Swiss experience, municipalities in developing countries are supported in managing innovative water-related multi-sector projects in the context of wider basin development (localized Blue Peace). Inclusive economic development based on a self-sustaining financing model will be enhanced.


Investing in UN-Water: accelerating progress on SDG 6

01.02.2021 - 31.12.2025

UN-Water is the ‘one voice’ of the UN system on all water and sanitation related issues. It is responsible for the monitoring and reporting of SDG 6 and strengthens the global water agenda. By maintaining its support to UN-Water, the SDC helps to reduce the fragmentation of the water sector and contributes to accelerating the achievement of SDG 6, thus keeping its global commitment towards the 2030 Agenda. 


RWSN - Rural Water Supply Network

01.02.2021 - 31.07.2022

Universal access to safe, affordable water is at the core of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 and key to the realisation of human rights. However, achieving this in rural areas is particularly challenging given the high levels of poverty and discrimination as well as poor infrastructure. The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is the only global network that offers powerful mechanisms to share expertise and collaborate with local and global partners to effectively address these water issues. 


Boosting decentralized water solidarity mechanisms at the Swiss and global level - Bridging Phase solidarit’eau suisse

15.01.2021 - 15.07.2022

Today, still about 2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. Municipalities and water utilities can play a key role in mobilizing additional financial resources and know-how into water supply and sanitation in developing countries through a solidarity mechanism. This bridging credit will help to transform and relaunch the platform solidarit’eau suisse to evolve towards a financially sustainable initiative. 


Towards effective Global Water Governance (Core contribution to the Global Water Partnership)

01.01.2021 - 31.12.2025

Sound and integrated water resources management is needed more than ever to respond to the global water crisis and to translate the agenda 2030 on water into action. Multi-stakeholder networks such as the Global Water Partnership (GWP) play a crucial role in supporting inclusive decision-making and in moderating between different interest groups and perspectives to enable the creation and maintenance of momentum for coordinated action.


Mekong River Commission (MRC) – Contribution to the basket fund for the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2021-2025

01.01.2021 - 31.12.2025

The Mekong River Commission is the only treaty-based intergovernmental organisation for the Mekong River Basin with a clear mandate for integrated water resources management, procedures and tools to support equitable use of water and address transboundary issues. Switzerland with its experience in water diplomacy and management contributes to the implementation of the new Basin Development Strategy (2021-2030) and Strategic Plan (2021-2025) through the multi-donor Basket Fund. 


El Agua Nos Une – Water Stewardship “United for Water

01.01.2021 - 31.12.2025

Based on Switzerland’s decade long experience on private sector engagement and empowerment of public institutions, “El Agua Nos Une” focuses on strengthening evidence-based decisions for better water governance in 4 Latin American countries. It envisions systemic change towards corporate water use efficiency and pollution mitigation, mobilizing stakeholders and investments in ecosystem preservation; contributing to a more equitable society and responsible water use.


Hands4health Hand hygiene, water quality and sanitation in primary health care facilities and schools not connected to a functional water supply system

01.12.2020 - 31.12.2024

Current technologies and approaches to improve water, sanitation and hygiene are fragmented. Hands4health focuses on the development, testing, evaluation and scaling up of new water efficient hand washing technologies as well as on a holistic approach to hand hygiene, water quality and sanitation. To leave no one behind, the project works in primary health care facilities and schools not connected to a functional water supply system in in four target countries and beyond. 


RésEAU cum Aguasan (formerly SDC Water Network RésEAU’)

01.10.2020 - 30.09.2025

Water security is a key prerequisite of sustainable development and for achieving the Agenda 2030. Herein SDC’s Water Network ‘RésEAU’ plays a key role in supporting efforts towards a water secure world by strengthening the required thematic expertise, helping to better capitalize key learnings and supporting transformational change in line with the new Bill 2021-2024. The next phase of the RésEAU will allow to be ‘fit for purpose’ and to better respond to future challenges and opportunities.


Sustainable and Innovative Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SIRWASH)

01.10.2020 - 31.12.2024

The Sustainable and Innovative Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SIRWASH) initiative improves enabling policy, innovation and knowledge environments and fosters the required capacities to provide sustainable quality water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to rural communities – in particular poor households and vulnerable people – in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti and Peru. It builds on Switzerland’s over 20 years of experience in strengthening rural WASH systems in Peru and Colombia.

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