Optimising rainwater (which is currently not strategically managed) is an efficient and innovative response to the challenges of water scarcity, droughts and floods and to strengthen the resilience of communities and local ecosystems to natural disasters and climate change.
Rainwater harvesting can thus serve domestic, agricultural and even industrial needs, and thus relieve the growing pressure on groundwater and freshwater resources. Rainwater enhances the resilience of rural communities to climate change.
Rainwater harvesting provides a triple gain, by mitigating the risks of a) the devastating effects of floods, b) having a water resource to cope with periods of drought, c) optimising the management of available resources.
The development of industrialised countries has been designed on the basis of short-termist logic, disrespectful of the balance and ecosystems. This is the case with the use of brutal extractive logics with little consideration for the environment. The quest for this water resource at any price has serious consequences for aquifers and creates lasting vulnerabilities for future generations.