International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) is a Swiss non-governmental organisation based in Geneva since 2002. IRHA's mandate is to promote rainwater as a sustainable solution to water scarcity, natural disasters that undermine ecosystems and communities.

 

Our work is based on the implementation of rainwater management projects in developing countries where access to clean water and vulnerability to climate change are daily problems, directly and negatively impacting the lives of thousands of people.

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2 Billion

of people do NOT have access to safe water supplies.

 

Programmes

 

Programme 1

Rainwater for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Access to safe water and sanitation, as well as appropriate hygiene, is a human right and can prevent a significant proportion of water-related diseases.

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Programme 2

Rainfed Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Rainfed agriculture represents more than 85% of family farming today. Ongoing climate change is impacting on the harvests and food sovereignty of farming communities.

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Programme 3

Disaster risk management and ecosystem restoration

The weakening of forest, mangrove and wetland ecosystems, which helps reduce exposure to major risks, increases the vulnerability of communities to the effects of climate change.

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Programme 4

Urban Rainwater

Storm rain, flooding, creating islands of coolness, rainwater management in the city has emerged in recent years as a nature-based solution (NbS) that cannot be ignored in managing a sustainable city.

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Programme 5

Alliance

Alliance of partner organisations involved in the implementation of sustainable rainwater management solutions on all continents.

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Countries of Operations

IRHA develops projects in areas where the needs are felt, where the conditions for long-term work exist and where we have local partners, who are solidly anchored locally and capable of ensuring the sustainability of investments.

IRHA has developed strong relationships with a network of national rainwater organisations (Alliance) with whom we maintain close links, particularly for advocacy and policy making.


Countries

 

News

Image Identification of suitable sites for traditional pokhari water harvesting in mountain rural communities of the Himalaya
4 November 2022

Storing runoff during the monsoon season in Himalayan hills is crucial to have enough water to cope with the dry season, especially considering that climate change is changing rainfall intensity...

Image Associação Brasileira de Captação e Manejo de Água de Chuva ABCMAC (Brazil) joins IRHA
30 September 2022

IRHA participated in the 11th Symposium on Rainwater Harvesting and Management. This meeting mobilised a large number of actors active in this sector (NGOs, private sector, local authorities) in...

Image Rest in peace Prakash
20 September 2022

The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance IRHA is saddened to learn of the untimely demise in Kathmandu last Friday September 16 of our good friend Prakash Amatya.

During the last 25 years...

Image The boulis - An island of greenery in Sahel
15 September 2022
In Senegal, but more globally in the entire Sahelian region, water problems are increasingly worrying for populations and ecosystems. Indeed, this region is subject to a rainfall regime of only...

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Name: IRHA
Account: 17-198970-3
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