Water for the World building water cooperations
Since its launch in 2007, Water for the World has actively supported water projects around the world, reaching directly 300,000 people and indirectly around 1 Million people, whilst building a strong platform for partnerships with stakeholders from the plastics industry, renowned organisations, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and agencies.
Water for the World cooperates to provide access to water
Since its launch, Water for the World is partner of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a partnership organisation uniting the private sector, civil society and academia bringing together skills and expertise from all three sectors. Members next to Borealis & Borouge are WaterAid, Unilever, Halcrow, CARE, WWF, Thames Water, IWA and Cranfield University. Currently, WSUP works in seven countries – Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Mali and since their existence they have managed to reach 1 million people through their valuable work.
In Asia, Water for the World founding member Borouge has supported several projects in India, Vietnam, Nepal, China and Pakistan, bringing together local NGOs and pipe customers. In Pakistan for example, Borouge supported Pakistan non- governmental organisation (NGO) HEED to install new water supply systems to four villages in the Neelum valley region. In the summer of 2011, the partners agreed to provide new water systems to four additional villages bringing the total number of people served to 5,200. Recently, HEED has been declared winner of the British Expertise International Award 'Outstanding International Development Project in a Fragile State' for this project Rehabilitating Flood Damaged Water Supply Systems in Northern Pakistan.
Water for the World cooperates to preserve water resources
Running a total of 2,870 km from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube River water is shared by different needs and users: It is a crucial transportation route and source of drinking water, hydraulic power, industrial cooling water employment and recreation for the 81 million people living in the 19 countries that make up the Danube River basin. To ensure sustainable management of the River Basin, in 1994 the Danube River Protection Convention (DRPC) was signed by 14 countries.
In May 2009, Borealis has joined the Business Friends of the Danube partnership, an initiative to raise awareness and to help preserving the uniqueness of the River and its resources.
Water for the World cooperates to advance best practices
Borealis is also member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) where Borealis Chief Executive Mark Garrett co-chairs the WBCSD Water Group. The WBCSD is a global organisation of 200 forward-thinking companies across 37 countries and 22 sectors that work together with scientific bodies and governmental organisations to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Since 2012, Borealis is leading the WBCSD work group on "Business Action for Access to Water and Sanitation".
Borealis has also worked closely together with the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, the Water Footprint Network and pipe customer Uponor to advance the methodology of assessing the water footprint of plastics.
Since 2012, Borealis is partner of the Water Benefit Partners, an initiative that works to establish a methodology to quantify water benefits of projects to then issue certificates that can be sold, thereby installing a financing mechanism for water efficiency improvement projects that otherwise would lack financial support.
Great achievements – but much more to do
We are proud of our Water for the World achievements during the past 5 years. However, there is still much to do. The United Nations has designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, an excellent occasion to further build our partnership approach with Water for the World. Watch out for more news about Water for the World Cooperations around the World Water Week 2013.