In the last century the world’s population has tripled and the water use has increased six-fold. Also, as a result of climate change projections suggest that one in two people will live in water-stressed areas by 2030.
In this scenario, the project led by SDC and implemented and coordinated by Fundación Chile called Andina SuizAgua Chile. It is an initiative that seeks that the Chilean private sector reduces the water footprint of companies with social, environmental and economic benefits.
The water footprint is an indicator that defines the total volume of freshwater consumed to produce a good or service. Meanwhile, the “SuizAgua Andina Chile” project has a duration of three years and seeks, in addition to the measurement of the indicator, to implement CSR activities focused on better water management (RseAgua), creating new knowledge about the water use, which will be broadcasted in the region and the world.
The assistant manager of Water Management of Fundación Chile, Ulrike Broschek explains, “This year we have the challenge of generating a collective involvement, allowing businesses and communities work together to evaluate projects on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) needed to implement to occur a positive impact on the environment. We are already working with private companies. “
Similarly, Broschek adds that “one of the innovative topics having the initiative is that we are working under the RseAgua concept, so that the CSR cannot be random, but must be directed to the sustainability of water resources.”
Meanwhile, SuizAgua Andina Chile joins other actors in the search for a collective solution. “There cannot be a single solution to water issues within a watershed because it is essential to involve many actors to have a positive impact around water resources,” says Axel Dourojeanni, International Senior Water Management Expert of Fundación Chile.
The executive added that “This gives reason to the project to be released, because it do not seek the solution of a single company, but the sum of efforts between institutions, government and civil organizations, therefore, the only way to obtain greater water security is making a collective effort. “
Furthermore, the contribution of private enterprises in RseAguase projects may reflect actions monitoring water quality in aquifers and in the strengthening joints of users in the areas of influence. They can contribute to the efficient use of education to basic and mass water level.
Note that although the project has a duration of three years, many of the initiatives that are underway in the Corporate Social Responsibility of Water, must endure long term. “One of the complexities of the initiative is the need to establish bases that are sustainable over time. Meaning that such a company should always maintain a system for monitoring water or fluctuations in the phreatic zone. Therefore, the alliance between business, state, and community is vital,” emphasizes Axel Dourojeanni, International Senior Water Management Expert of Fundación Chile.