In the past 30 years the aquifers in the semi-arid North China
Plain have been greatly overexploited. Climate change is increasing
the drought problem. The project assesses measures to establish a
long-term balanced regional water budget by water imports and water
saving and applies complementary use of precipitation, surface water
and groundwater. The system is based on real-time monitoring of
groundwater tables and pumping rates and controlling pumping wells
via a quota system. The insights of this project can be applied also
in other countries.
Poor governance is the key bottleneck in the Moldovan water sector,
which jeopardizes long-term sustainability of past investments, and
hinders new Investments to extend access to drinking water for all.
With this project, SDC will improve the steering and management of
the sector as well as the performance of key sector institutions,
through working directly with the national institutions on sector
capacity development, integrated water resource management, and a
comprehensive water information system.
The effects of climate change on the Yangtze River are crucial for
the economy, food production, livelihood safety and ecosystems of
about one third of China’s population. The present project studies
the Jinsha River Basin in the upper Yangtze, where glacier and
climatic variability greatly influence the water regimes, and
measures are needed for a sustainable, integrated water management,
catering for hazard and water management, hydroelectricity and
agricultural production, as well as biodiversity and human
wellbeing, in the coming years.
Incidence of poverty in irrigated areas of Nepal is half that in
rain-fed areas and access to irrigation water contributes thus to
mitigate poverty. Since the marginal lands are better accessible
through small irrigation schemes, reducing poverty of smallholder
farmers through small irrigation systems
 are more effective than medium-sized or large
systems. SIP will not only help increase their agricultural
productivity but will also enhance the capacity of national and local
government so that they can respond to these needs.
 Small-scale irrigation, defined by the GoN's irrigation policy as
command areas smaller than 25 ha in the hills and mountains and 200 ha
Access to affordable productive water technologies disseminated by
International Development Enterprises (IDE) through setting up
sustainable local supply chains have proven to impact incomes and
water productivity of over 300'000 small farmers so far. The project
in phase 2 will make the regional programs sustainable and allow
them to grow further, building strong linkages with financial
services. It will develop and disseminate tools to use water in an
efficient and sustainable way, and make suitable technologies and
dissemination approaches available for replication globally.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was engaged
in the Fergana valley both in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with the
Regional Rural Water Supply and Sanitation project since 2007. Due
to difficulties in implementing regional projects in Central Asia,
SDC decided in 2012 to develop two separate country projects with a
regional view. The overall objective of the project is to improve
the rural population’s health and livelihood with sustainable safe
drinking water and sanitation facilities as well as with the
development of training for better household hygienic behavior.
The "Dry Corridor" of Honduras has a “climate risk index”
rating that is among the world’s highest. The population suffers from
repeated drought and other extreme meteorological events. Rural
families depend on natural resources and are the most affected. One
critically important adaptation to climate change is integral water
management. Using a community-driven approach, through dialogue and
territorial governance mechanisms, the program will improve the
resilience of the poor in the trans-border watershed of the Goascorán River.
Since 2005, the Swiss Rural Water and Sanitation Support Programme
has provided access to safe drinking water and sanitation to more
than 150,000 people living in rural area. The programme is building
infrastructure, strengthening managing capacity, and developing the
sector framework conditions. It is expected that by 2017, 320,000
people will benefit and that the Regional Water Companies maintain
effectively the water networks.
L’élevage pastoral est l’activité économique dominante et le mode
de vie principal des régions sahélo-sahariennes du Tchad. Il est un
facteur essentiel de stabilité socioéconomique et de sécurité. Il
est confronté à des difficultés croissantes, liées notamment au
changement climatique. La DDC entend renforcer l’élevage pastoral
dans trois régions au bénéfice direct de 700'000 personnes, par la
réalisation de 100 puits pastoraux et 10 mares, le balisage de 500
km de couloirs de transhumance, et par le soutien aux services à
l’élevage et aux organisations pastorales
The population in rural areas and small towns of poor regions in
Nicaragua still widely lacks sustainable water and sanitation
services. The programme aims at improving living conditions of the
population by providing water and sanitation infrastructure. State
institutions at national and municipal levels will be strengthened.
Community participation in the design, implementation and operation
of the water infrastructure will be enhanced, thus contributing to
the sustainability of service delivery.
This project in the north of Tajikistan has been developed upon the
request of the Government of Tajikistan to address the
transformation of the Tajik Water Management. The project builds on
Switzerland’s expertise and long-term presence in the water
management in Central Asia. Specifically, the project will
strengthen the capacities of the irrigation water providers and the
local communities in effective water resource management, in order
to support the ongoing Water Sector Reform process. Concurrently,
the project will support the rehabilitation of key irrigation
infrastructure and reduce the impact of natural disasters to sustain
the achievements of the project.