Intensificare gli sforzi internazionali per una gestione sostenibile dell’acqua

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Presentazione del rapporto conclusivo del Panel mondiale di alto livello sull’acqua e la pace a Ginevra. © Presenza Svizzera DFAE

La DSC si impegna affinché l’obiettivo riguardante le risorse idriche dell’Agenda 2030 per uno sviluppo sostenibile sia attuato rapidamente e venga dato maggior peso al tema dell’acqua nel dibattito internazionale. Sulla base delle proprie esperienze, la Svizzera è fermamente convinta che la gestione sostenibile delle risorse idriche sia indispensabile per lo sviluppo sociale, economico ed ecologico e per il mantenimento della pace mondiale.

Obiettivi principali della DSC

Gli sforzi a livello internazionale si sono già tradotti in miglioramenti sostanziali, in particolare per quanto concerne l’accesso all’acqua potabile e ai servizi igienico-sanitari. I risultati non possono però ancora dirsi soddisfacenti. Tuttora 844 milioni di persone non dispongono di un accesso sicuro all’acqua pulita. Inoltre, un terzo della popolazione mondiale non dispone di servizi igienici adeguati.

La DSC si impegna a rafforzare l’attuazione dell’obiettivo riguardante le risorse idriche dell’Agenda 2030 per uno sviluppo sostenibile. Insieme a un gruppo di paesi, sostiene il dialogo politico a livello globale nell’intento di esigere il rispetto degli impegni internazionali e lanciare attività mirate per il raggiungimento dell’obiettivo. Grazie alla sua esperienza di lungo corso nella gestione dell’acqua, la Svizzera fornisce un notevole contributo nell’ottica dell’individuazione di soluzioni transfrontaliere integrate. La DSC dà inoltre voce ai giovani, quali potenziali futuri specialisti delle risorse idriche, nel dibattito politico a livello regionale e globale.

La gestione dell’acqua è un tema particolarmente complesso che riguarda la comunità internazionale. La Svizzera vanta una vasta esperienza in questo campo. Grazie al Reno e al Rodano, i grandi fiumi europei che la attraversano, e ai laghi che segnano alcune delle sue frontiere, la Svizzera ha un’esperienza di lunga data nella gestione transfrontaliera delle acque e può quindi offrire un prezioso contributo nella ricerca di soluzioni per altre regioni del mondo.

Contesto

L’acqua: un obiettivo a pieno titolo dell’Agenda 2030 per uno sviluppo sostenibile

Sotto la guida della DSC, la Svizzera si è impegnata con successo in una coalizione di Paesi affinché l’acqua diventasse un obiettivo idrico indipendente nell’Agenda 2030 per uno sviluppo sostenibile. L’obiettivo 6, oltre all’accesso all’acqua potabile e ai servizi igienico-sanitari, comprende ulteriori sotto-obiettivi per la protezione e la riabilitazione di ecosistemi legati all’acqua. Prevede inoltre di incentivare la cooperazione transfrontaliera al fine di pervenire a una gestione integrata delle risorse idriche che coinvolge tutti gli utilizzatori a tutti i livelli.

L’acqua e lo sviluppo umano

Garantendo un approvvigionamento di acqua potabile e un accesso a servizi igienico-sanitari adeguati, la salute della popolazione migliora, le spese mediche si riducono e il tasso di assenteismo scolastico cala poiché i bambini sono più sani. Punti di approvvigionamento idrico situati in prossimità delle abitazioni permettono di guadagnare tempo prezioso impiegato per il trasporto dell’acqua, incombenza che generalmente spetta alle donne e ai bambini.

L’acqua è inoltre essenziale per assicurare i mezzi di sussistenza nelle zone rurali, per produrre cibo ed energia e per lo sviluppo dei settori dell’industria e dei servizi.

La scarsità d’acqua provoca, viceversa, tensioni o addirittura conflitti. Sono 153 gli Stati che condividono fiumi, riserve idriche sotterranee o laghi con uno o più Paesi limitrofi. Le rivalità riguardo alle risorse hanno quindi ripercussioni dirette sulla pace e sulla sicurezza. Una gestione comune e pacifica favorisce invece la pace e la stabilità.

Documenti

Progetti attuali

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Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership to achieve a water-secure world for all

01.07.2026 - 31.12.2030

The Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) of the World Bank Water Global Practice is a global partnership with the objective to address the water and sanitation challenge in an integrated manner, as set out by the Global Sustainable Development Goal 6. This SDC support will promote innovative global knowledge production and exchange, dialogue and partnerships, as well as country-level support across regions at global scale.


UN-Water: Strengthening the Global Water Architecture for the effective achievement of the 2030 Agenda

01.01.2026 - 31.12.2030

UN-Water has now firmly established itself as a major actor in water and in coordinating UN agencies to speak as one voice for water. SDC’s support to UN-Water’s core budget is crucial to ensure that the political ambition of the 2030 Agenda for water and its related targets has an efficient institutional setting allowing an integrated monitoring and an efficient follow-up and review and strong coordination between UN agencies. UN-Water will be key to bring a more effective, integrated and coordinated approach to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda with regards to water and sanitation and to review progress.


Solar Irrigation for Agriculture Resilience (SoLAR)

01.07.2024 - 31.07.2027

To adapt to climate change farmers rely increasingly on irrigation, ultimately depleting groundwater resources and raising energy demand. The project aims to address these challenges by promoting solar irrigation, water efficient agriculture and groundwater governance. The project will harness Swiss expertise on hydrogeology and technical innovations to contribute to climate resilient agriculture and facilitate knowledge sharing in South Asia and at the global level.


Sustainable water management for food security and nutrition in agriculture and food systems

01.07.2023 - 31.03.2027

Agriculture accounts globally for 70% freshwater use. Inefficient water use, water pollution, climate change and increasing global water demand puts agriculture under pressure, as well for smallholders. SDC can build on successful experiences in this domain and will support projects in Africa in ecologically sustainable water management in smallholder agriculture and food systems, improve smallholders’ economic and social situation and increase the resilience of their livelihoods.


Blue Peace: Unlocking the value of transboundary, multisectoral and transgenerational investments

01.07.2023 - 31.12.2029

In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals government efforts do not suffice, large private capitals deployed towards development are needed. Switzerland has a comparative advantage as innovative finance hub. Building on this, SDC contributes to the development of innovative financial products that enable transboundary, multisectoral and transgenerational investments with aim to contribute to sustainable development and peace.


JOR Sanitation Solutions for Underserved Communities in Jordan

01.01.2023 - 31.12.2028

In Jordan water supply from conventional water sources has come to its limits. Appropriate sanitation solutions will minimize the risks for public health and reduce the hazards of environmental pollution. Additionally these will cut the costs for sanitation operations and free resources for other purposes. Thus the project will contribute to the much needed decoupling of population and economic growth from resource consumption and pollution of the environment.


Sustainable Natural Resources Management (NRM) for Enhanced Pastoralist Food Security in the Borana Zone, Ethiopia.

01.10.2022 - 31.12.2027

Natural resources, particularly water and pasture, are among the key determinants of pastoralist livelihoods’ sustainability. The proposed Project contributes to the outcomes of the SDC’s Food Security Domain as stipulated in the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Horn of Africa. It aims at improving pastoralist food security and adaptive capacities in the lowlands of Borana Zone, Southern Ethiopia, through enhancing the sustainable management of natural resources.


Research for action

01.08.2022 - 31.12.2030

The 2017 Joint Monitoring Report, published in July, states that serious efforts have been made since the Millennium Development Goals to improve access to safe water and sanitation around the world. However, disparities remain, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and for the rural poor, more drastic for sanitation. This project aims to reduce this gap, by supporting applied research, transformative innovations, capacity development and networking, which will answer to the needs and requirements of the targeted population.


Research for action: Water, Behavior Change and Envi-ronmental Sanitation: Sustainable Solutions to Research, Knowledge and Professionalization (WABES)

01.08.2022 - 31.12.2026

Equitable access to safe water and sanitation facilities and services is by far not achieved and a stronger push on multiple levels will be necessary over the next decade to reach SDG 6.  This includes developing and using innovative technologies, based on applied research, to foster affordable and sustainable solutions for increased access to safe water and adequate sanitation. To this aim, the SDC continues its fruitful collaboration with the Swiss Research Institute Eawag.


Phase 1 Solidarit'Eau Suisse 2022-2027

16.07.2022 - 15.07.2027

Access to safe water and sanitation affordable for all by 2030 according to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 is substantially off track. The so-called SDG 6 Acceleration Framework adopted in 2020 by the UN, calls for fast results through increased efforts at all levels and by all relevant actors. Solidarit’Eau Suisse helps in mobilizing support from Swiss municipalities and other water-related public actors to implement Swiss projects in the water sector of the Global South.


Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP)

01.07.2022 - 30.06.2026

The Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) of the World Bank Water Global Practice is a global partnership on water and sanitation security as set out in the global water goal (SDG 6). This SDC support will advance innovative global knowledge production and exchange as well as building capacity through country-level support with a focus on the population excluded most from water investments and services.


Potable Water Management Programme (PWMP) in Upper Egypt Phase 2

01.05.2022 - 31.12.2025

Egypt has critical needs in better managing water resources and reducing water losses as well as consumption, especially in Upper Egypt (climate change impact, lack of infrastructure, high poverty level). Switzerland provides innovative solutions for improved potable water management and service provision to the vulnerable population. The mixed approach based on strengthening capacities of the water company, improving the infrastructure for potable water provision and on engaging the communities will serve as model for nationwide replication.

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