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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SDC Education Fund

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

As part of its increased commitment for Education and of the implementation of SDC’s Education Strategy, the SDC launches an Education Fund in order to incentivize innovation and the application of new approaches in basic education/vocational skills development and through educational activities across sectors. Innovation can have a catalytic effect on the effectiveness of programmes in and through education. Education is a core enabler for sustainable development and is an important lever in Switzerland’s commitment to promote human and economic development, peace and stability. 


Ethiopia, UNICEF, Emergency WASH Response for the Reduction of Hunger in Borena Zone, Oromia Region

01.12.2018 - 30.11.2020

The Borena Zone (Oromia Region) hosts one third of Oromia's conflict Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) between Oromo and Somali groups. Water is a priority for conflict IDP sites and local populations. UNICEF, as the lead agency for the WASH sector in development and humanitarian settings, proposes targeted interventions to respond to immediate life-saving needs by improving access to clean and safe drinking water, and support the recovery phase for both IDPs and host communities.


Global Alliance on Health and Pollution

01.12.2018 - 31.12.2023

Pollution causes more than 9 million premature deaths a year of which 92% occur in low and middleincome countries. Toxic pollution impedes economic and social development, costing countries around 2% of annual Gross Domestic Product. The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), assists these countries to address pollution-related issues by generating scientific evidence for raising awareness and tracking progress and by providing concrete technical and financial support.


National Water Resources Management Tajikistan

01.12.2018 - 30.11.2022

The National Water Resources Management Project-11 in the Tajik part of Syr Darya river basin is about fighting poverty and aims at improving rural livelihoods through an efficient and integrated management of water resources. The latter shall allow farmers to increase lastingly their production, hence their incomes and thanks to efficient and sustainable irrigation and agricultural practices.


WaSH Support for Rohingya Refugees and Vulnerable Local Communities in Cox’s Bazar District

25.11.2018 - 30.11.2022

Basic services such as infrastructure, health, water, forest and land resources that were available prior to the Rohingya influx in Cox’s Bazar are under strain due to the massive increase in people in the area. The HYSAWA Fund will address the needs and gaps of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, targeting vulnerable host communities and refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar by enhancing capacity of Local Government Institutions. It will apply tools developed in previous Swiss programmes to improve state-citizen relations and relationships between refugees and the host communities.


UNDP – Disaster Risk Management in Cox’s Bazar District

01.11.2018 - 31.10.2020

The location, climate and topography of Cox’s Bazar District makes it vulnerable to tropical cyclones and associated storm surges, flash flooding, and landslides. The influx of the Rohingya refugees have raised the population of an already poor, disaster prone-district to 3.5 million people, requiring significant upgrading of disaster risk management capacities. The project supports a comprehensive approach to developing local capacities and enables risk informed-decision making.


Water Efficiency in Rice and Cotton

01.11.2018 - 31.12.2022

The public-private-partnership project aims at enhancing smallholder farmers’ income and water productivity in cotton and rice production through improved technologies (PUSH), increased demand of sustainable products by the private sector (PULL) and water stewardship plans (POLICY).
SDC supports a consortium with 20 partners coordinated by HELVETAS in the implementation of the PUSH-PULL-POLICY approach in India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Madagascar.


Blue Peace Index

01.11.2018 - 31.12.2023

Financial investment in sustainable forms of water cooperation remains limited. Switzerland’s expertise on transboundary water management combined with the Economist Intelligence Unit’s understanding of financial investment bear the unique potential to trigger the change by developing a Blue Peace Index. The aim of such an Index is to increase the awareness on the benefits of cooperation and attracting financial resources for sustainable and resilient investment forms for water cooperation ultimately contributing to a more peaceful and stable society.


Public Private Development Partnership to improved Plumbing Education in Ukraine

01.10.2018 - 28.02.2023

The mismatch of skills and qualifications with the needs of the economy remains an important cause of low productivity in Ukraine. This Public Private Development Partnership aims at improving the quality and relevance of vocational education and training for plumbers. Improved skills and knowledge tailored to the needs of the market will contribute to increase employability and incomes of young people.


lntegrated Water Resource Management in Kosovo

01.10.2018 - 30.04.2024

The Integrated Water Resource Management project supports different stakeholders in Kosovo at the national, regional and local level for establishing an integrated water resources management approach. This approach will address issues such as pollution, rising demand for water for farming, industry and growing urban areas, and will help mitigate the impact of climate change.

 


Blue Peace Financing: transboundary, multisectoral and transgenerational investments

01.10.2018 - 30.06.2023

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals government efforts do not suffice, additional private capital deployed towards sustainable development are needed. Blue Peace advocates for investments to be re-directed to two levels: transboundary entities and to municipalities. This will have a transformative impact. As a door opener, Switzerland through its partnership with UNCDF contributes to the development of innovative financial products that enable transboundary, multisectoral and transgenerational investments leading to sustainable development and peace.


Contribution Earth Security Initiative (ESI)

01.09.2018 - 31.03.2024

The ESI is an independent think tank which aims at catalyzing the global financial and industry sectors to define and leverage global finance innovations that contribute directly to cooperation for sustainable water management and poverty alleviation. This SDC contribution will promote the development of new financial mechanisms that are aligned with sustainable development policy objectives and priorities of developing countries to the benefit of society and natural resources.

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