Increasing the supply of drinking water for households in Madagascar and contributing to sustainable development

    Certifications

  • Gold Standard

CO2 Emissions

+85.000 tCO2/year

Beneficiaries

+65,000 people

Location

Madagascar

Madagascar, due to its extreme vulnerability to climatic impacts and weather shocks, as evidenced by the increasing number of cyclones that have hit the country in the last two years, is facing a decades-long water crisis. It still ranks at the bottom of the World Bank rankings for access to basic sanitation, with only 54% of the population having access to basic water services.

The project aims to increase the supply of safe, clean drinking water for families living around Tulear, one of Madagascar’s poorest towns, located in the Atsimo – Andreafana region. The construction of a network of safe drinking water systems and wells started in 2018 in two villages and to date more than 65,000 people have had access to clean water thanks to the project’s activities. To ensure the quality of the water supplied, targeted maintenance and thorough cleaning of the technologies are carried out three times a month.

One of the main objectives of the project is to educate the local population in the proper and safe management of water resources, developing a greater awareness of hygiene practices and thus contributing to sustainable development. Periodic hygiene awareness campaigns are organised in the villages to illustrate the importance of drinking water, techniques for safe water storage and proper hand washing. The project helps prevent water-borne diseases and those related to poor water quality, improving the lives of local populations. As communities no longer need to burn biomass to purify and make water drinkable, the project results in a significant reduction in atmospheric emissions, thus contributing to climate change mitigation. From a socio-economic point of view, the project also invests funds in improving local primary education and strengthening school systems around Tulear.

    Environmental benefits

  • Drastic emission reduction and tangible contribution to climate change mitigation;
  • Reduction of deforestation and safeguarding of local biodiversity.
  • Raising awareness of environmental issues

    Social and economic benefits

  • Women's emancipation due to less time spent collecting wood, allowing women to devote themselves to other activities or to their families;
  • Sensitisation of the local population to a correct and safe management of water resources;
  • Improved sanitation and reduced prevalence of diseases related to poor water quality;
  • Improving basic education and strengthening the school system.
  • No Poverty
  • Good Health and Well-being
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Life on Land