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 in whom we have confidence, 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.


Countries

 

News

Image 2021 Annual Report is OUT
6 May 2022

New programmes on ecosystem restoration, Food sovereignty , water resilient peasant agriculture, watershed management, but above all new Alliance partnerships, the year 2021 has been rich in new...

Image Here we go with Blue School#11 in Tobang (Nepal)
8 April 2022

Let's go for Blue School#11! (Tobang, Nepal). The Kanchan Nepal team met with the local authorities and the school of Janapriya to launch the project.

This initiative will help in enabling an...

Image The solution runs off ... then evaporates
6 April 2022

Can you see anything? We do...

Within the framework of the project "the forest of the sea", the IRHA, APAF Sn and Océanium Dakar intend to rehabilitate several lowland areas in the region of...

Image Pumpkin shaped Sri Lanka - Nepal Cooperation
2 December 2021

In December 2021, Malkanthi a sri lankan mason went to Nepal to train the masons of Kanchan Nepal to build a pumpkin-shaped rainwater harvesting tank.

Malkanthi is a native of Athiliwewa Monaragala...

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IRHA

International Environment House 2
Chemin de Balexert, 9
CH-1219 Châtelaine

Tel. : +41 22 797 41 57
E-mail : secretariat@irha-h2o.org