Water Forum: GRET’s Solutions
GRET is calling on its 30 years of experience with water for the World Water Forum in Marseille from March 12–17, 2012, and has published 11 innovative solutions tested in six countries.
- On agricultural water: participatory processes with water users’ associations (Ethiopia); development of the Prey Nup polder peasant users’ community (Cambodia).
- On water and sanitation: institutional setup of water committees in Port-au-Prince (Haiti); wind-powered rural water program (Senegal); capacity building for private operators (Cambodia and Laos); support-advice for private water operators (Cambodia), small-scale sanitation (Cambodia); sanitation methodology guide for decision makers and technicians; decentralized sanitation system (Laos); communal water and sanitation plans (Senegal, Mauritania, Madagascar); public-private partnership for sanitation in a small city (Cambodia).
GRET coordinates three “core groups” for the World Water Forum:
- 1.1.4 Reporting mechanisms for drinking water services in small and medium agglomerations, co-run by GRET and the AFD, in the framework of Target 1.1 “Guarantee access to water for all and the Right to Water” aiming to ensure that “By 2020 more than half of countries in each continent have organized a simple, inclusive and reliable reporting mechanism for water supply that includes every local water service provider in rural and urban areas.”
- 1.2.2: Wastewater and excreta evacuation and treatment, run by GRET as part of Target 1.2 “Improve access to integrated sanitation services for all” aiming to find solutions to “reduce by 25% by 2020 the percentage of [...] people whose wastewater is neither collected nor treated properly [...].”
- 2.2.9 Water and food security to facilitate access to water for smallholder farmers, coordinated by GRET as head of Coordination SUD’s Agriculture and Food Commission (C2A), as part of Target 2.2 “Contribute to food security by optimal use of water” aiming to “By 2015, elaborate international agricultural water-related guidelines to support the small-holders farmers in order to better manage agricultural water, produce more goods and services.
For more information on GRET’s contributions to the World Water Forum: www.gret.org/forum-mondial-eau/