"Water and Jobs" - Green Cross activities at the heart of the World Water Day theme for 2016
the 22nd of March is World Water Day, a celebration of one of Green Cross' core areas of interest: the importance of Water to the environment, development, and peace. In addition, this day marks a particularly important year. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 has given rise to a new set of priorities for the international development agenda.
One of the goals, SDG 6, is devoted to water. Green Cross projects will contribute directly to fulfilling its objectives, such as: reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials; substantially increasing water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensuring sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater; implementing integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation; and protecting water-related ecosystems.
On this World Water Day, Green Cross is pleased to share examples of how we are supporting Water and Jobs in communities around the world.
Sustainable agriculture project in Senegal complete, harvest expected in late-May
Green Cross' pioneering FREDDAS project provides an excellent example of how providing water to communities can be combined with livelihood support, clean energy and promotion of gender equality to enable sustainable and inclusive development. It demonstrates the enormous potential of Green Cross' holistic approach to reducing the vulnerability of marginalized people and groups, and provides a model that can be applied more widely.
Green Cross and Giorgio Armani partnership expands water activities to Brazil in 2016
Communities in environmentally-sensitive regions of Bolivia, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal will benefit from Green Cross and Giorgio Armani’s Acqua for Life project in 2016.
In this, the sixth year of their partnership, Green Cross and Giorgio Armani will also extend the Acqua for Life project to Brazil for the first time. The project will initially target a subdistrict of Mariana, which still suffers the catastrophic consequences of the Bento Rodriguez Dam rupture on 5 November 2015. On that day, 60 million cubic metres of iron waste and contaminated water were released into the Doce River. Some 200 villages, with a total of 280,000 people, had their access to water cut off in the aftermath of the catastrophe. Additional activities will be carried out in disadvantaged regions of the country later in the year.