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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Developing water solutions within a Climate Changing World is not only urgent, it is paramount.

Waterlution - A Water Learning Experience (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    Waterlution - a federally registered Canadian non-profit founded in 2003 – has successfully established itself as an internationally recognized water-focused organization offering distinctive capacity building, leadership and facilitation training to spark and mentor innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs in the water and climate change space. While engaging communities through place-based workshops and activities that together evolve our collective relationship to, understanding of, and innovative responses toward, solving complex water challenges, Waterlution intentionally works with underrepresented peoples, particularly women and Indigenous peoples. 

    Expected Impact

    1. Equip youth and young professionals to create and lead the future of water security and climate change adaptation, particularly women, Indigenous, and other underrepresented peoples 2. Facilitate and energize inclusive global water and climate change collaboration, solution-making and innovation 3. Deepen local communities water appreciation and resilience in the face of climate change 4. Enhance global water and climate change knowledge mobilization 5. Engage artistic process as a water and climate change learning approach 6. Support the global community to advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals related to water security, climate and equity 7. Become a global “go-to” organization for innovative thinking, boundary-breaking youth solutions for water and climate change


    Global Water Partnership (GWP)
    Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
    MEOPAR CEWAS - member of UN Sanitation and Water Entrepreneurship Pact
    Purificadores EUROPA

    Goal 5

    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

    Goal 5


    End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere


    Whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non‑discrimination on the basis of sex


    Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

    Proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by form of violence and by age


    Proportion of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to sexual violence by persons other than an intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by age and place of occurrence


    Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

    Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18


    Proportion of girls and women aged 15-49 years who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting, by age


    Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate


    Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location


    Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life


    Proportion of seats held by women in (a) national parliaments and (b) local governments


    Proportion of women in managerial positions


    Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences


    Proportion of women aged 15-49 years who make their own informed decisions regarding sexual relations, contraceptive use and reproductive health care


    Number of countries with laws and regulations that guarantee full and equal access to women and men aged 15 years and older to sexual and reproductive health care, information and education


    Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws


    (a) Proportion of total agricultural population with ownership or secure rights over agricultural land, by sex; and (b) share of women among owners or rights-bearers of agricultural land, by type of tenure


    Proportion of countries where the legal framework (including customary law) guarantees women’s equal rights to land ownership and/or control


    Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

    Proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex


    Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels


    Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Goal 13

    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

    Goal 13


    Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries


    Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population


    Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030


    Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies


    Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning


    Number of countries with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


    Total greenhouse gas emissions per year


    Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment


    Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible


    Amounts provided and mobilized in United States dollars per year in relation to the continued existing collective mobilization goal of the $100 billion commitment through to 2025


    Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities



    Number of least developed countries and small island developing States with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    Goal 14

    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

    Goal 14


    By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution


    (a) Index of coastal eutrophication; and (b) plastic debris density


    By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans


    Number of countries using ecosystem-based approaches to managing marine areas


    Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

    Average marine acidity (pH) measured at agreed suite of representative sampling stations


    By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

    Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels


    By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information

    Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas


    By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation


    Degree of implementation of international instruments aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing


    By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism


    Sustainable fisheries as a proportion of GDP in small island developing States, least developed countries and all countries


    Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries

    Proportion of total research budget allocated to research in the field of marine technology


    Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets


    Degree of application of a legal/regulatory/policy/institutional framework which recognizes and protects access rights for small‐scale fisheries


    Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of "The future we want"


    Number of countries making progress in ratifying, accepting and implementing through legal, policy and institutional frameworks, ocean-related instruments that implement international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources

    Name Description
    14.2 <p>By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans</p>
    14.3 <p>Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels</p>

    Water Innovation Lab Tanzania

    Innovation solutions and approaches towards Natural Resources Resilience  in Tanzania: Human-Wildlife Coexistence within a Changing Climate.   It brings the first Water  Innovation Lab to East Africa to explore the water security issues that the natural resources are facing  with a growing population and climate change impacts.   Key to Waterlution’s process is local-based learning which will showcase agricultural, social, and wildlife related challenges within the context of Tanzania’s complex historical, social, political, economic and environmental terrain. WIL Tanzania is a  project for co-creation of innovative solutions (technological, policy, social) by local communities and leaders to address these challenges through a gender and diversity lens.

    World Water Journey, a knowledge-sharing platform sharing the water story of different communities.

    As part of Waterlution’s Strategic Plan “Agenda 2030”, the World Water Journey is an interactive and immersive platform that will serve and add value for the global water community by enabling global and regional collaboration between emerging young professionals, developing water leaders, transforming researchers, vulnerable communities, market leaders and emerging innovators. It is a platform with which to: learn, listen, make change and enable collaboration. Hyper local by design and global in reach, each map location has six, unifying “windows” – “Go Deep”, “Voices”, WaveMakers”, “Immerse”, “Engage” and “Go Further” – that open into the water story of each place, providing a multi-media visual engagement interface that showcases diverse resources, perspectives and voices to create a rich scientific, technical, social, cultural, historical and artistic water learning journey. The World Water Journey is intended to serve those working to change, shift and shape our global relationship with water: the changemakers, the action-takers, the creators, the implementers and the mobilizers – from youth to leading water and climate experts around the globe.

    Waterlution BRK Acelera - Water/Sanitation Sector Acceleration Program in Brazil

    Waterlution partnered with BRK and CESAR to launch a new startup accelerator program for the sanitation sector “Waterlution BRK Acelera”.

    The program leveraged business with innovative solutions in the sanitation sector. Its goal was to connect startups in the sector with BRK, Waterlution and its partners, to accelerate the development of solutions, or adapt solutions from other utilities sectors, to the sanitation context. 6 themes: 

        New sources of water
        Efficiency in the production and distribution of water
        Sewage collection and treatment
        Operational efficiency
        Connection to the clients
        Data digitalisation

    Adolescent Girl Empowerment through Capacity Building and Water Innovation in Northern Mozambique.

    A gender equality and WASH capacity building programme focusing on the principles of permaculture, leadership in adolescent girls and community engagement in Bairro Marrere, Nampula, Northern Mozambique. The interlinkages of water, health, gender, innovation and education were investigated, building a resilient and inclusive school environment that ensures safe learning atmosphere for students (particularly girls, ages 12-15) in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

    Unity is a 3-year, youth-led project that unites Indigenous and settler emerging artists with K-12 students in the process of dialogue, creation, and community engagement.

    Forming a relationship with water; the artists will create a platform combining contemporary art practices, with maker experiences, that seek to introduce, deepen and unify Indigenous and settler cultures and communities.  Prioritizing schools with significant or uniquely indigenous populations, UNITY’s goal is to nurture dialogue and cultivate opportunities to connect to local water bodies from an individual, social and community perspective. Ultimately building an understanding on how we perceive our natural and cultural connection to water.

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    10 June 2020 (start date)
    10 June 2030 (date of completion)
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    United Republic of Tanzania
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    Contact Information

    Igor Fellipe, Waterlution Brazil Program Coordinator