UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/15/L.14, September 30, 2010
22 March 2011
The UN Human Rights Council affirms the human right to safe drinking water.1 Now is the time for the world’s governments to contribute to the provision of a regular supply of safe, accessible and affordable drinking water in sufficient quantity for 884 million more people.
On World Water Day 2011, the undersigned organizations wish to strongly advocate for the use of rainwater: it must be considered as an important tool in efforts to minimize the water related problems that already exist.
• Rainwater is a valuable resource that is underutilized. Its capture and use can alleviate challenges related to potable, non-potable, storm water and energy.
• Local rainwater harvesting solutions enhance water security and provide important relief to households and communities. All around the world, rainwater infiltration, collection and storage
offers benefits for the environment, wildlife and humans, and improves water availability for industry and agriculture.
• It is time for rainwater catchment to be included in the development plans of all governmental agencies as part of their integrated water resource management strategies.
• Introduction of the concept of rainwater management – maximizing rain’s benefits as a vital resource while minimizing potential rain hazards – to curricula of technical schools and universities will bring future benefits to urban planning, architectural and agricultural projects.
American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) www.arcsa.org
International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) www.irha-h2o.org
International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (IRCSA) www.ircsa.org
Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SearNet) http://worldagroforestry.org/projects/searnet
Ingénieurs du Monde www.ingenieursdumonde.org
Safe Water International www.safewaterintl.org
Consortium Across the Community to Harvest Water
University of Arizona www.arizona.edu
Watershed Organisation Trust www.wotr.org
Rain Harvesting Pty Ltd www.rainharvesting.com.au
INTEWA GmbH www.intewa.de
Association pour un environnement CONstruit VIvant et VErt www.convive.org
Rain for All www.rainforall.org
Integrated Rainwater Management Systems Project for the Ethiopian Highlands
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association www.horttrades.com
Dundee UNESCO Centre, University of Dundee www.dundee.ac.uk/water
Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association www.GardenMinnesota.com
NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation www.ngoforum.net
Rainwater Harvesting Implementation Network www.rainfoundation.org
Groupements pour la Promotion et l’Exploitation des Ressources de l’Environnement (GROPERE)
DEMON of ECOLOGY-AVGI
Kenya Rainwater Association www.gharainwater.org/kra_about.html
Combined Harvesters Ltd. www.combinedharvesters.co.uk
Watershed Management Group www.watershedmg.org
Ontario Parks Association http://www.ontarioparksassociation.memberlodge.com/
The Cabell Brand Center www.cabellbrandcenter.org
FAKT GmbH www.fakt-consult.de
RainWater Harvesting Ltd. www.rainwaterharvesting.co.uk
Rainwater Services http://rainwaterservices.com
Conseil de gouvernance de l’eau des bassins versants de la rivière Saint-François www.cogesaf.qc.ca
Europe Rainwater Catchment Association www.rainwaterconference.org
Save Our Life – Ghana Foundation
Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad and Tobago http://ttnrwp.net/
Green Cross International http://www.gci.ch/
Oasis Aquatic Gardens www.oasisaquaticgardens-ky.net
Rainwater Club www.rainwaterclub.org
iMAP Africa www.imapafrica.com
Rainwater Collection Solutions, Inc ~ The Original Rainwater Pillow www.rainwaterpillow.com
IWA Rainwater Harvesting and Management Specialist Group http://www.iwahq.org/Home/Networks/Specialist_groups/List_of_groups/Rainwater_Harvesting_and_Management/
BUILDINGGREENER LLC – www.therainsaver.com