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ACTION PLAN:

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

 

Report from Implementation Conference Discussion

25 and 26 August 2002

 

1. Introduction

The group, representative of all continents, met to discuss a proposed initiative to establish a global collective.  A list of the participants is attached.  The proposal initially considered by the group aimed to specifically focus on:

Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting using community buildings; and,

Surface Rainwater Harvesting for groundwater recharge.

While the group saw merit in the proposal, it reached the conclusion that it would be more appropriate to establish a broader initiative.  Certain individual members of the group gave their support to the original proposal.

The group agreed to establish the Global Rainwater Harvesting Partnership.  It would be a global network for all with an interest in the field of Rainwater Harvesting.  The Partnership would initially use the Internet as a basis for communication, although its activities would develop beyond this over time

 

2. Higher Order Purpose

The group agreed that the Partnership would have the higher order purpose of serving:

The right to water for people and ecosystems;

The interests of poor communities; and,

Gender equity.

 

3. Objectives

The Partnership would aim:

To focus on all aspects of Rainwater Harvesting;

To promote Rainwater Harvesting;

To raise the issue on the sustainable development agenda;

To exchange ideas and experience;

To influence policy at the international, national and local levels;

To provide a vehicle for creating partnerships; and,

To promote a globally representative approach, allowing regional and other variety.

 

4. Initial Participants

A list of initial participants in the partnership were identified. This is attached as an annexure to this document.

 

5. Facilitators

The group identified facilitators for the group who would facilitate the initial establishment activities of the network as set out in this document.  The facilitators are:

Geoffrey Smith of Australia; and,

Margarita Pacheco of Colombia/Switzerland.

 

6. Seed Funding

Blue Planet Run, a US-based NGO, undertook to provide initial seed funding of $ 50 000 on condition that an appropriate budget was provided for it.  The facilitators will prepare a draft budget for the set-up activities and circulate this to group members for comment and approval.

 

7. Internet Communication

The facilitators will establish an email and web site based communication mechanism for the use of participants.

 

8. Structuring

The Partnership would be incorporated in Australia.

The facilitators will prepare a proposal on matters related to the structure of the Partnership and conduct a process of seeking consensus on it among the proposed participants.  The following matters will be addressed in this way:

Name;

The precise focus;

Constitution;

Legal Status;

Governance;

Roles and Responsibilities;

Membership Criteria and Procedures;

Accounting and Reporting Procedures; and

Branding and Identity.

The process of considering these matters will be concluded by the end of 2002 with the intention that the Partnership be formally incorporated and its first members formally signing up within this period.

 

9. Activities and Budget

Detail regarding the ongoing activities and budget of the Partnership will be determined through the implementation of the following steps:

A call will be made for proposed activities and associated budgets;

The proposals received will be circulated to participants for debate and prioritisation through an internet-based consensus seeking process; and,

A draft budget will consequently be prepared for fundraising purposes.

 

 

Annexures

One:  Participants in the Group Discussion

Two:  Proposed Initial Participants for the Partnership

 

Annex 1: Participants. Working group on Rainwater Harvesting

First Name

Last Name

Organization

Country

Danford

Banda

Copperbelt University

Zambia

Maria

Branco

Fundação Joaquim Nabuco

Brazil

Mark

Brantingham

The Australian Association of YOGA in daily life

Australia

Jason

Connelly

The Australian Association of YOGA in daily life

Australia

Derick

Du Toit

AWARD

South Africa

Ahmed

Farah

CIDRI

Kenya

Elizabeth Sita

Fletcher

The Australian Association of YOGA in daily life

Australia

Surjeer

Kaur Chahal

SHRG Sikh Human Rights Group

UK

Crispino

Lobo

Watershed Organisation Trust

India

Bancy

Mati

Kenya Rainwater Association

Kenya

Sorssa Natea

Merga

DCG / CARE

Ethiopia

Jethro

Monareng

AWARD

South Africa

Ravi

Narayanan

WaterAid

UK

Ekron

Nyoni

Dabane Trust

Zimbabwe

Margarita

Pacheco-Montes

New Synergies in Development

Switzerland

Sharon

Pollard

AWARD

South Africa

Bunker

Roy

Barefoot College

India

Mathew

Santosh

LEAD India

India

Laxman

Singh

Barefoot College

India

Geoffrey

Smith

The Australian Association of YOGA in daily life

Australia

Shiney

Varghese

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

US

Mario

Vasconez

Centro de Investigaciones "CIUDAD"

Ecuador

Jin

Zidell

Blue Planet Run Foundation

US

 

 

Annex 2: Proposed initial Participants in the Partnership

AWARD

Barefoot College

Blue Planet Run

CIC

CIDRI

Colegia Verde de Villa de Leiva

Colombian Confederation of NGOs

CSE

Dabane Trust

DCG/CARE

Gender and Water Alliance

Gift Economy Network

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

International Secretariat for Water

Joacim Nabuco Foundation

LEAD

New Synergies in Development

OzGreen

Research Programme on Sustainable Solid Waste Management and Sanitation

SHRG

Southern and Eastern African Rainwater Network, including organisations representing the following countries: Botswana; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; [Somaliland]; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe

WOTR

YIDL

Water Aid

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