Gestione sostenibile delle risorse idriche

Fiume Srepok, Vietnam, utilizzo efficiente dell’acqua per la produzione del caffè.
Utilizzo efficiente dell’acqua per la produzione del caffè nel bacino imbrifero dello Srepok, un affluente del Mekong. © Alisher Sharypau

Il fabbisogno di acqua è in costante aumento, mentre le riserve idriche mondiali sono limitate e sempre più esposte all’inquinamento. La principale sfida consiste nel gestire l’acqua in modo sostenibile e nel ripartirla equamente tra le economie domestiche, l’agricoltura e l’industria, oltre che tra i diversi Paesi. La DSC si impegna per un utilizzo delle risorse idriche efficiente e sostenibile, promuovendo la cooperazione transfrontaliera pacifica.   

Obiettivi principali della DSC

La DSC si impegna per una gestione sostenibile delle risorse idriche al fine di garantire l’accesso all’acqua e ridurre i rischi di inquinamento e conflitti. Il suo impegno mira ad associare la promozione della pace e la gestione sostenibile delle risorse idriche nelle regioni soggette a tensioni nonché a favorire l’utilizzo efficiente, il riciclo e la gestione adeguata dell’acqua nelle zone dove questa scarseggia.

Contesto

Cooperazione transfrontaliera

La DSC favorisce il dialogo tra Paesi che si approvvigionano a uno stesso bacino imbrifero. Gli scambi a livello politico e tecnico consentono infatti di appianare o prevenire tensioni e conflitti. La Svizzera, in veste di attore neutrale la cui esperienza in fatto di mediazione e gestione delle risorse idriche è mondialmente riconosciuta, rappresenta il partner ideale per un simile approccio. Inoltre, sul piano tecnico, la DSC sostiene anche metodi comuni per la misurazione della qualità e della quantità di acqua disponibile e di quella utilizzata. La disponibilità di tali informazioni consente ai responsabili politici di negoziare con maggiore consapevolezza la gestione delle risorse idriche comuni e di fissare congiuntamente gli obiettivi da raggiungere.

L’acqua, un bene da utilizzare in modo efficiente

L’acqua non è un bene gratuito. Per la tutela, la ripartizione e il trattamento delle risorse idriche valgono le stesse leggi economiche cui sottostà qualsiasi altro bene di consumo. Allo stesso tempo, l’acqua è una risorsa a cui tutti devono poter accedere. La DSC sviluppa meccanismi che favoriscano un utilizzo efficiente delle risorse idriche e il trattamento delle acque di scarico. Tali meccanismi forniscono incentivi per una gestione sostenibile dell’acqua e la costruzione di infrastrutture rispettose dell’ambiente in una regione o in un settore industriale.

La DSC opera, per esempio, a fianco di alcune imprese di grandi dimensioni per facilitare il trasferimento di know-how in fatto di impronta idrica, un indicatore che permette di controllare il consumo di acqua nella produzione di beni. Si adopera altresì per lo sviluppo del quadro globale «Water Stewardship Standard». In tal modo, mira a far sì che tutti gli attori economici, governativi e della società civile, si assumano le proprie responsabilità per quanto riguarda lo sfruttamento delle risorse comuni e collaborino nell’ottica di una gestione sostenibile. La DSC partecipa infine all’elaborazione di meccanismi d’indennizzo per le popolazioni che si impegnano a proteggere le risorse idriche.

Sfide attuali

Entro il 2030 si prevede un aumento del 30% del fabbisogno di acqua, mentre l’inquinamento raggiungerà livelli senza precedenti. A livello globale, l’80% delle acque di scarico urbane e industriali vengono immesse nell’ambiente senza alcun trattamento. Nella maggior parte dei casi, la capacità di autodepurazione degli ecosistemi acquatici è di gran lunga insufficiente per smaltire simili volumi. Inoltre, l’incidenza dell’agricoltura resta molto elevata e ammonta a circa il 70% del consumo mondiale di acqua. Tuttavia, l’utilizzo delle risorse idriche nel settore primario è spesso inefficiente e inquinante a causa dell’impiego di fertilizzanti e pesticidi. A questo si aggiunge la crescita del consumo industriale, che attualmente raggiunge il 22%. Questo contribuirà a far aumentare ulteriormente la pressione sulle risorse idriche.

Nel 2025 la metà della popolazione mondiale vivrà in zone esposte a stress idrico e ciò indebolirà le economie locali, costringendo milioni di persone a migrare. Per questo, già oggi è particolarmente importante utilizzare l’acqua in modo da non comprometterne la capacità di rigenerazione e consentirne un’equa ripartizione.

Progetti attuali

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IWGP - Inclusive Water Governance Project in Mekong Region

01.10.2020 - 30.06.2024

Through this project, Switzerland will support civil society organisations, women and vulnerable communities to better influence water resource governance and decision-making processes at all levels in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The Swiss knowhow in transboundary water governance and citizen participation shall leverage more inclusive, transparent and accountable infrastructure development that better responds to the needs of vulnerable riverine communities and improve their livelihood.


Contribution au Mécanisme de réponse rapide (MRR) pour la riposte CoVID-19

01.09.2020 - 30.04.2021

La COVID-19 a impacté la capacité des acteurs humanitaires à conduire leurs activités alors que le pays est frappé par des mouvements de populations sans précédents. Suite à une demande du consortium du Mécanisme de réponse rapide (MRR) – dont Action contre la Faim (ACF) est le chef de file –, cette proposition de crédit a pour objectif de contribuer à atténuer les effets négatifs de l’épidémie sur la capacité des acteurs humanitaires à porter assistance aux personnes impactées par la crise actuelle.


Contribution to WHO and UNICEF for the COVID-19 response in Mozambique

01.09.2020 - 31.03.2022

With this complementary contributions to the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Switzerland supports the Government of Mozambique to reduce morbidity and mortality due to the COVID-19  pandemic. The program envisages a comprehensive approach with health and Water Sanitation Hygiene components, and aims to develop local long term pandemic preparedness and response capacities for future public health emergencies.   


Contribution to the Geneva Water Hub: a springboard in Geneva for the Global Blue Peace movement

01.08.2020 - 31.07.2023

The Geneva Water Hub (GWH) is a global centre working towards the prevention and solving of water-related tensions and conflicts, and the promotion of stability through water cooperation. It produces innovative knowledge and provides scientific networking for various actors to be used in decision-making processes. It also offers a space for dialogue and a global observatory for water and peace. The SDC contribution to the GWH aims at spearheading the Blue Peace movement, embodying two recognized competences of Switzerland: water expertise and peace mediation.


Africa Water Investment Support Pro-gramme to Water, Climate, Development and Gender (AIP-WACDEP-G)

01.08.2020 - 31.12.2021

Gender equality is essential for the water sector to develop and to contribute effectively to the sustainable development goals. The AIP-WACDEP-G programme implemented by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) aims at inducing systemic change in the management and governance of water resources towards more inclusive and equitable decision-making, practices and norms through a gender-transformative programme in five river basins across Africa.


Water and Comprehensive Sanitation Project in Rural Areas (ASIR – SABA), Phase III

01.06.2020 - 31.03.2023

The ASIR-SABA Project aims to contribute to the sustainable management and governance of water and sanitation, as well as public health, as a contribution to the consolidation of peace in rural areas of the country. To achieve its objective, the project promotes dialogue between the different actors of the WASH sector in Colombia. It also aims to strengthen the capacities at the community and institutional level (national, departmental and municipal) for the co-management of water and sanitation in rural areas of the country.

Based on the achievements capitalized by the project in its first and second phases and the challenges and opportunities identified with the different governmental actors of the WASH sector in Colombia, the SDC implements the third and final phase of the ASIR-SABA project.


Improving Health for everyone through sanitation safety planning

01.05.2020 - 31.12.2023

The Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 aims to provide safely managed sanitation for all by 2030. SDC supports the scaling-up of the World Health Organization’s “Guidelines on Sanitation and Health” and its “Sanitation Safety Planning” tool which supports policymakers and practitioners build and manage safe sanitation systems. By capitalizing on Swiss expertise on sanitation, this intervention will make an important contribution to the 2030 Agenda on access to safe sanitation.


Core contribution to Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) global partnership

01.05.2020 - 31.12.2022

This core contribution to the global partnership Sanitation and Water for All hosted by UNICEF aims at strengthening the capacities of populations to enjoy their rights to water and sanitation. SWA supports countries that are off track in progressing towards the Sustainable Development Goal on water, including through a mutual accountability mechanism. The opening of an operational office of SWA in Geneva will enrich this growing community of global water actors, allowing SWA to work more closely also with key human rights and public health actors. 


Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium

01.04.2020 - 30.09.2023

The Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium (SWSC) contributes to improving the livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities in least developed and developing countries by increasing drinking water and sanitation coverage with a specific focus on WASH in schools and health care facilities. It also contributes to triggering innovation and knowledge sharing between the Swiss NGOs as well as strengthening the Swiss profile in advocacy and policy.


SomReP - Somalia Resilience Program

01.04.2020 - 31.03.2023

In the fragile and conflict affected context of Somalia, SDC’s contribution to the Somalia Resilience Programme Consortium enables pastoral, agro-pastoral, displaced persons and peri-urban poor to increase their ability to prepare for, adapt to and live through shocks without eroding their productivity or assets. Focusing on capacity building, livelihood diversification and the elaboration of community-based early warning systems, this initiative is complementary to ongoing efforts of government of Somalia and international community to build resilience of communities to climate shocks.


"Swiss Bluetec Bridge" - mettre la technologie des start-up suisses du secteur de l'eau au service des pauvres

01.02.2020 - 31.05.2024

Si les défis auxquels sont confrontés le secteur de l'eau ouvrent un large champ aux innovations technologiques, notamment dans l'approvisionnement en eau potable, ces innovations servent rarement les populations démunies. Le Swiss Bluetec Bridge rempli le vide entre soutien public aux PME et investissements privés afin que les entreprises suisses innovantes mettent de manière durable leurs technologies de pointe au service des pauvres.


Contribution to IFRC Emergency Appeal: Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak

31.01.2020 - 31.12.2020

As of 06. February 2020 a total of 28’292 infections and 565 deaths have been reported with the majority of the cases occurring in China.

The preliminary Emergency Appeal from the IFRC is seeking Swiss Francs 3 Million to support Red Cross Red Crescent Societies globally, to contribute to stopping transmission of the virus, and helping to ensure the health and dignity of communities affected by the outbreak. IFRC will work closely with National Societies in countries where transmission has taken place, and on preparedness measures for all countries. The main area of focus for this response is Health and WASH, which will include risk communication and community engagement, psychosocial support, capacity building of NS on epidemic response and support. Other areas of focus are protection, gender and inclusion and migration. While at the moment the response is largely in the Asia Pacific region, the IFRC is supporting National Societies in at risk countries with preparedness activities. The IFRC at global, country and regional level is coordinating with other agencies including WHO, UNICEF and CDC in information sharing and guidance.

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