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11 “There used to be conflicts between farmers and the sluice keeper, or arguments because the farmers further down the canal got less water. Now we can measure who uses how much water, and we know how to use the water more sparingly.” Mahamam Hakimova, 47, a farmer in Tepe-Korgon, Osh province, Kyrgyzstan
of the water used in agriculture is lost on its way to crops. Source: FAO
people gained access to clean drinking water and/or sanitation in 2016 thanks to Helvetas.
ADVISORY SERVICES: PRIVATE COMPANIES FOR DRINKING WATER Worldwide investment in the water sector must triple if the drinking water target in the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to be met. Some of the investment required in Madagascar needs to come from the private sector. Helvetas is working with local companies, who take on ten per cent of the investment costs and maintain and manage the jointly financed water supply systems on behalf of the local council. Since their investment is only secure if the infrastructure is properly built and well maintained, the companies set great store on sustainability. Which are the factors that guarantee the viability of this promising model? And how can water users keep tabs on the company? Lucien Blaser has been studying these questions with the local Helvetas team.
people gained better access to schools, hospitals and regional markets in 2016 thanks to Helvetas bridge-building projects. Lucien Blaser gained a BSc in Geosciences and Environment from the University of Lausanne and then did an MSc in Development Studies at the IHEID in Geneva. After an internship with SDC ’s Global Water Programme Division, Lucien Blaser joined Helvetas as an adviser on drinking water and basic sanitation, and coordinates the Swiss Water Partnership.
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