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International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA
International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA)
International Environment House 2
7 chemin de Balexert CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)
Tel: 
(+41 22) 797 41 57
Fax: 
(+41 22) 320 88 57
Contact: 

Vessela Monta, Email: vessela@irha-h2o.org

Description

The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) was created during the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in response to the continued water crisis facing the 1.2 billion people without access to safe drinking water. The Alliance’s mission is to promote rainwater harvesting within the context of integrated water resources management, linking local social and economic development with the protection of ecosystems. IRHA’s members are international rainwater networks, national associations, other NGOs working in the fields of water, development and the environment, research centres, small and medium enterprises, and individuals who support the cause.

Organization: 
Non-governmental and business organizations
Established: 
2002
Effectifs: 
3
Chief/Director: 
Director: Vessela Monta
Activities: 

IRHA works to unify different actors involved in water management working at the local, national, regional and international levels. The Alliance promotes the merits of rainwater harvesting, aiming to influence development agendas and to ensure the inclusion of rainwater harvesting in these agendas.

IRHA is involved in the implementation of projects in the field which aim to exchange knowledge between members, to raise awareness about rainwater and to build a worldwide network of rainwater harvesters. IRHA activities cover the use of rainwater in households, in the technology cycles of small and medium enterprises (in both the industrial and farming sectors), in watershed development, in aquifer recharge and in disaster prevention and reconstruction.

Cooperation: 

with UNEP, UN-HABITAT, WHO, WSSCC, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the State of Geneva and the WMO.

Publications: 

bRAINstorming, the IRHA Newsletter.

Keywords: 
health
desertification
agriculture & fisheries
consumption
disasters
mountains
technology
trade & environment
reconstruction
land & landuse
indigenous peoples
human settlements
freshwater
public awareness
agenda 21
capacity building
business & environment
poverty
wetlands
production
biological diversity
education
population
deforestation