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Joint planning workshop with a local women's association on sustainable water management in the oasis

Oasis agriculture in Morocco

The climate in the region around the Tidrhest Oasis near Ouarzazate is already characterised by drought and low, very irregular rainfall. The lack of available water is gradually depriving local farmers of the means to make a living. Nevertheless, just recently the number of young people wanting to start farming in the oasis again has been growing. That is why the BMZ, together with two engineering bureaus, is supporting a village initiative for sustainable water management. more


Training of technicians in the sampling of waste water in Guatemala

Sustainable water management in Guatemala

There is enough water in Guatemala. The country gets on average four times as much rain as Germany. However, whilst in Germany the rain is distributed fairly equally across the year, the people in the arid zone of Guatemala must try to get by with little or no rainfall from November to the beginning of May. Therefore, there needs to be a holistic approach to managing water catchment areas. more


Children at a well

The International Water Stewardship Programme

Ensuring the fair and sustainable use of water is a challenging task which involves coordinating a number of different interests. That is why the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK are supporting the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP, formerly the African Water Stewardship Initiative). Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, plus Grenada, Saint Lucia and Pakistan are currently participating in the programme. more


Wastewater treatment plant in Madaba, Jordan

Water issues in Jordan: Finding alternatives, boosting efficiency

The rapid economic growth and swiftly expanding populations of past decades have had an adverse impact on water resources in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East. These problems are particularly acute in Jordan. The influx of refugees from Syria and the impacts of climate change have added to the pressure on water resources in Jordan. Well over half the water consumed is used in the agriculture sector. German development experts are therefore advising Jordan on ways to reduce water losses and tap alternative sources of water for farmers to use. more


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