RAIN raises Stakes on 3R Concept for Sustainable Water Supply

Five years ago RAIN and its 3R partners launched the integrated “3R” – Recharge, Retention and Reuse – approach. Today the concept is fast gaining popularity and RAIN is more than ever convinced that integrated water resource management is the way forward to achieving water security.


For the fourth year running, the consortium RAIN, Acacia Water, Aqua for All, BGR, MetaMeta, UN-Habitat, GIZ and UFZ held a seminar on 3R at the Stockholm Water Week. To mark the event they also released a new free booklet Transforming Landscapes on sustainable land management based on the integrated 3R approach.


Co-organized by RAIN, the Stockholm seminar Integrated Management of Urban Water Buffering: From Research to Implementation addressed integrated concepts for urban water and sanitation planning and their implementation in emerging and developing countries. The focus was on improving water buffer management of urban dwellers who are dependent on in-situ self-help supply such as private wells and rainwater harvesting.


Urban water supply systems often do not serve the entire city. Water recharge, retention and re-use solutions are a practical way of securing a safe water supply as well as mitigating flooding in urban environments.


RAIN, a core member of the consortium, also convened a number of side meetings in Stockholm, with the German and Dutch government as well as with major private sector players. The purpose of these was to discuss the potential of water recharge, retention and re-use. The response from participants was so enthusiastic that potential collaboration was discussed as to how to move 3R up on the political agenda and incorporate it in large-scale programs and projects.


The new 3R booklet Transforming Landscapes was snapped up, with more than 150 copies handed out. The publication is a contribution to the debate on the green economy. It voices the belief that investment in natural resource management makes good business sense. The main message is that large-scale environmental degradation is not necessary and can be reversed. This also applies to investment in land, water and vegetative cover.


Its social impact is also important: investing in sustainable land and water buffers will transform lives and economies. A buffer provides a sense of security and the reassurance that, come what may, one’s livelihood is secured.


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