We contribute to the water security of all people and the natural world.
Access to water, sanitation, and a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment are internationally recognised human rights that are universal, inalienable, indivisible, and interdependent.
But the global water demand is eight times higher than it was 100 years ago – and keeps growing. At the same time, climate change is altering its availability over the year and across regions. Already, 2.3 billion people live in water-stressed countries. A further four billion experience severe scarcity at least one month every year. Too much, too little, or too dirty water is becoming everybody’s problem.
As our world becomes thirstier and more polluted, water governance reform becomes a priority. We must ensure a sustainable water resource base and avoid unacceptable water-related risks.
Our ambition is water security for all – including the natural world. We focus on equity: between people, current and future generations, and humans and the environment.
We take a holistic and inclusive approach to water based on a water cycle perspective and water-related human rights, and consider four dimensions in our programming:
Water use: The quantity, quality, accessibility, and reliability of water for different uses
Water pollution: The ability to live hygienically and in a clean environment
Hazards and risks: Protection of people from the most severe water-related risks
Water resource security: In terms of quantity, quality, and reliability of water bodies on which people rely.
SNV works with all stakeholders – in their respective roles – to realise gradual improvements in water management and governance. We interlink government, private sector, and civil society actors – so that they can develop a system with the right checks and balances together, enabling responsible water use that is governed sustainably and equitably.
Our framework approaches
Climate Resilient Rural WASH Services
The Climate Resilient Rural WASH approach supports local governments to realise the human rights to water, sanitation and hygiene in their jurisdiction, responding to demographic and climatic changes.
Equitable Water Resource Management
The Equitable Water Resource Management approach contributes to fair and sustainable water management arrangements and outcomes between people, current and future generations, and humans and the environment.
Sustainable Inclusive Irrigation
The Sustainable Inclusive Irrigation approach contributes to irrigation development and management, balancing environmental, social, and economic needs.
Sustainable Urban Water Cycles
The Sustainable Urban Water Cycle approach is a holistic, integrated water and waste management approach implemented city-wide.
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