Wasser – Eine lebenswichtige Ressource in Gefahr


Weltweit erhöht sich der Druck auf die Wasserressourcen: Der Bedarf nimmt spektakulär zu, die Verfügbarkeit ist jedoch begrenzt. Eine der Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts ist, diese lebenswichtige Ressource zu schonen und für eine gerechte und entwicklungsfördernde Verteilung zu sorgen. Als Wasserschloss Europas verfügt die Schweiz über ausgewiesene Kompetenzen im schonenden Umgang mit Wasser, was ihr in der Internationalen Zusammenarbeit eine hohe Glaubwürdigkeit gibt.

Bevölkerungswachstum, Verstädterung, Klimawandel, Umweltverschmutzung, Landnutzungsänderungen und Wirtschaftswachstum wirken sich unmittelbar auf die Wasserressourcen aus. Im Jahr 2025 werden zwei Drittel aller Menschen in Gebieten mit Wasserknappheit leben. Es ist von zentraler Bedeutung für die Entwicklung, dass bei der Verteilung von Wasser soziale Gleichberechtigung, wirtschaftliche Effizienz und Umweltverträglichkeit gewährleistet werden. Die DEZA ist seit mehr als drei Jahrzehnten im Wasserbereich tätig und deckt folgende Aspekte ab: Soziales, Umwelt, Wirtschaft, Gouvernanz, Innovations- und Technologieförderung, Wissenstransfer und Politikdialog sowie Wasser und Frieden (Blue Peace).

Nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung

Die DEZA fördert effiziente Wassernutzung in der Wirtschaft und eine friedliche Zusammenarbeit von Ländern in grenzüberschreitenden Einzugsgebieten

Internationale Priorität

Die DEZA setzt sich dafür ein, dass das Wasserziel der Agenda 2030 für Nachhaltige Entwicklung rasch umgesetzt und dass der nachhaltige Umgang mit Wasser international stärker thematisiert wird

Recht auf Zugang

Die DEZA setzt sich mit konkreten Projekten und im Politikdialog dafür ein, dass die Menschenrechte auf Wasser und auf Sanitärversorgung umgesetzt werden

Blue Peace: Wasser als Instrument für den Frieden

Die Schweiz reagiert mit den Aktionslinien zum Thema Wasser und Sicherheit, der Swiss Toolbox für Blue Peace, auf die Herausforderung des weltweit ansteigenden Wasserbedarfs

Wasser in der Krise

Der Schutz des Wassers gehört heute zu den grössten Herausforderungen: Weltweit steigt der Bedarf, doch die Verfügbarkeit stagniert. Die Schweiz engagiert sich für den Zugang zu Trinkwasser, sichere Sanitäranlagen und eine gerechte Verteilung.

Fachwebsite der DEZA zum Thema Wasser

Fachinformationen (News, Dokumente, Instrumente, Methoden) zum Wissensaustausch und zur Zusammenarbeit mit Partner und Fachleuten


Aktuelle Projekte

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Community Driven Watershed Management for Climate Change Adaptation in Nicaragua

01.01.2016 - 30.06.2020

Environmental degradation and climate change are reducing the capacity of the Dipilto River watershed to provide ecosystem services (water, forest) to the population, increasing their vulnerability and deepening poverty. The program will strengthen dialogue among stakeholders, empower communities and provide economic incentives for restoring the hydrologic and environmental equilibrium of the watershed, increasing the resilience of its 27 thousand inhabitants.

SuizAgua América Latina - El Agua nos Une

Fabricato - industrielle Wasseraufbereitungs- und Wiederverwertungsanlage

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020

Water management being one of the main challenges of the 21st century, the generation of knowledge to make decisions and collaboration between different sectors; are the axis of the present and future well-being of humanity. The initiative “El Agua Nos Une” articulates the work of public institutions, business associations and research organisations. It aims at: i) scaling corporate water stewardship in Colombia; ii) strengthening knowledge on water uses, particularly in the agricultural sector; iii) contributing to the national water quality and quantity monitoring program; iv) developing an investment scheme in ecosystem services; and; v) facilitating a community of practice on water footprint and corporate water management in Latin America

Reduce vulnerability in Jordan in the context of water scarcity and increasing food/energy demand

01.12.2015 - 30.04.2020

The rationale of this project is to reduce vulnerability of rural Jordanian and other disadvantaged communities in the context of water scarcity for agriculture, increased demand for food and livelihood provision from growing populations, and rising energy demand. To this end, the project pilots a three-pronged, community­ based approach, combining water harvesting, conjunctive use of groundwater, and solar power for lifting irrigation water.

LEB Direct Action - contribution to improved access to water and sanitation services in Bekaa Valley

01.10.2015 - 31.03.2020

The delivery of Water and Sanitation services by the Bekaa Water Establishment (BWE) has been partly disrupted since the massive arrival of refugees from Syria, due to a high demand on an establishment whose structure and daily operation procedures are inefficient. SDC intends to support the much needed development of the BWE to improve the quality of its services to all, Lebanese host communities as well as refugee populations.

Cartographie des Ressources en Eau

01.09.2015 - 30.09.2021

Une vaste partie du territoire tchadien souffre d’une pénurie chronique d’eau, alors que le pays dispose d’importantes ressources souterraines et de surface. Cette situation est due à un manque de connaissances des ressources et à l’absence d’une politique de l’eau au Tchad. Dans ce contexte, la DDC veut soutenir l’amélioration des connaissances sur les ressources en eau et renforcer les capacités des acteurs clés à établir une gestion active, durable et souveraine des ressources en eau au Tchad.

Kenya resilient arid lands partnerships for integrated development (Kenya RAPID)

01.08.2015 - 31.08.2020

Pastoralism is a millennia old livelihood strategy adapted to the marginal and harsh environments of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL). This programme supports the historically marginalized pastoralist communities of Northern Kenya, bordering Somalia and Ethiopia, with improved access to water (for both livestock and domestic use) and improved rangelands management through water infrastructure, strengthened public and private institutions and policy frameworks.

Handicap International: Comprehensive action against Antipersonnel Mines (APM) and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in three departments of Colombia.

01.08.2015 - 31.05.2017

The five decades running armed conflict in Colombia continues to cause humanitarian needs such as internal displacement, landmine contamination and the recruitment of minors by armed groups. Departments of Nariño, Cauca and Cordoba, by geography serve as strategic corridor to the Pacific and Caribe for the cultivation, production and trafficking of drugs, weapons and illegal mining among others, becoming scenario of social conflicts and armed confrontation. Rural communities in those departments are among the most affected by antipersonnel mines (APM) and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) which generate victims with poor access to physical and psychosocial services, as well as option for social, economic and educational inclusion.

Sustainable Natural Resources Management (NRM) for Enhanced Pastoralist Food Security in the Borana Zone, Ethiopia.

01.06.2015 - 31.12.2027

Natural resources, particularly water and pasture, are among the key determinants of pastoralist livelihoods’ sustainability. The proposed Project contributes to the outcomes of the SDC’s Food Security Domain as stipulated in the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Horn of Africa. It aims at improving pastoralist food security and adaptive capacities in the lowlands of Borana Zone, Southern Ethiopia, through enhancing the sustainable management of natural resources.

Rethinking Sanitation Systems: Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse (RR&R)

01.05.2015 - 31.03.2020

Building on the research results of the first phase, this project will directly address the combined challenges of making resource recovery and reuse a viable business opportunity and implementing Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse (RR&R) businesses in Kampala and Lima. At the same time the project will reduce public health and environmental risks associated with reuse and pave the way for scaling up Sanitation Safety Planning (SSP) at the global level.

Municipal Development Programme Mozambique - PRODEM

01.01.2015 - 30.06.2020

In the framework of the ongoing decentralization process in Mozambique, 53 municipalities have been established since 1998. The programme aims to contribute to urban poverty reduction and a sustainable development of 26 municipalities. This shall be achieved through improvements in municipal government’s administration with a focus on service delivery and resilience to climate change impact complemented by enhanced citizen’s participation and social accountability.

Restoration of the Strumica River Basin

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2022

As a continuation of the support to the Macedonian water and nature sector, Switzerland developed a group of projects that will assist the country to have cleaner water and a healthier environment, as well as to move forward in meeting its obligations towards the EU. Through this project, Citizens and farmers in the Strumica river basin will benefit from improved economic wellbeing as a result of a better ecological status of the river basin and reduced flooding hazards.

Strengthening the Institutional Framework in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Moldova

01.03.2014 - 31.08.2020

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.

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