Stockholm World Water Week 2018
Tuesday, 29th August 2018
Industry´s role in Ecosystem and Watershed management. Stories from the Field: addressing water, ecosystems and human development challenges.
Organizers: Stockholm International Water Institute, ICMM, WWF.
- Carlos Toro, Colombia National Cleaner Production Center, Colombia
- Scott Miller, Newmont, United States
- Ruth Thomas, Global Agribusiness Alliance, United Kingdon
- Li Gang, Sinopec Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Company, China
- Arnaud Penverne, Veolia, China
- Sekhar Rayaprolu, Western Coalfields Limited, India
- Dr. Paola Vasquez, Autonoma de Occidente University, Colombia
Sustainability challenges require collaboration, partnerships and innovation to deliver solutions that are beneficial to people, business and the landscapes they operate in. One of the stories from the field discussed during the session was El Agua Nos Une, a public private partnership that seeks to accelerate the implementation of corporate water stewardship (CWS) in Latin America. The initiative is promoted by the Swiss Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with companies, institutions, industry associations, NGOs and consultancy firms, and it aims at: 1) Assessing and reducing water risks and impacts of production sites and value chains; 2) Implementing collective actions for watershed management; 3) Knowledge development and sharing. Methodologies and case studies, for example, good practices and technologies published in the Water Action Hub (UN Global Compact)
From the 45 business cases in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Mexico and Brazil that are being developed, the case from the partner COLCAFE, Coffee production, was selected because of the direct engagement with the value chain, being 612 small coffee farms. The impacts assessment showed the removal of coffee pulp as a hot spot of water withdrawal and water pollution. The traditional small-scale systems didn’t provide water treatment. As a solution, a collective system was built by Colcafe and the Andes farmers’ association: to process 1.800 Ton coffee (DPC)/year. Water consumption was reduced from an average of 30 lt /Kg DPC to 6,3 lt /kg DPC. A water treatment system was also put in place. This collective action increases farmer’s income and reduce time of payment from harvesting to selling.
Contacts: Carlos Toro. email@example.com ; Diana Rojas firstname.lastname@example.org