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 Roman Cisterns in Cartagena de Murcia
26 January 2023

Murcia is a Province in the southeast of Spain with a long history of Mediterranean exchanges among sailors, religions, slavery and different occupations.

Since the Fenicians in the II century b.c...

Image Florian's feedback - Senegal 2022
26 January 2023

November 2022 was the occasion for IRHA to carry out a field visit to Senegal in order to follow the evolution of the activities implemented by IRHA and its partners: APAF SN, Océanium de Dakar...

Image Partners meeting in Senegal
29 November 2022

During the days of November 17 and 18 was held a meeting between the various partners of the IRHA in Senegal. In addition to the IRHA team, we could count on the presence of APAF Senegal, Oceanium...

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...

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Name: IRHA
Account: 17-198970-3
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BIC: POFICHBEXXX

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