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    Off-grid desalination using only the sea, sun and earth for a private property on the British Virgin Islands

    Small Island Developing States such as the British Virgin Islands face a challenge to secure sufficient fresh water supplies due to a limited number of fresh water sources, which are under increasing pressure due to climate change. By harnessing the infinite supply of resources from the sea, sun and earth, Elemental Water Makers developed an off-grid, solar-powered desalination solution that offers a sustainable and affordable drinking water supply for a private property on the British Virgin Islands. Where water quality was previously unreliable and quantity was irregular due to power outages, the property now produces water using 100% renewable energy (gravity and solar power) and adopts energy recovery principles, making it completely self-reliant. This desalination solution has lead to a cost reduction of 63% and prevents production of 25 tons of CO2 per year, all while producing 12.5 m3 of high-quality drinking water per day, both during the day and night time. Moreover, marine pollution is minimized as brine water discharge is only slightly more salty (6%) than the surrounding sea water, thereby mitigating ecological damage.
    Moving from water scarcity to abundance through solar-powered desalination on the Philippines

    Fresh water is a prerequisite for sustainable development anywhere across the globe, making it a fundamental challenge that deserves global attention. While certain regions are fortunate to enjoy considerable time before current freshwater resources become scarce, other geographies such as remote coastal regions and SIDS are on the verge of critical levels of freshwater scarcity, limiting viability of livelihoods, let alone sustainable (economic) development. For the population of La Union, Luzon in the Philippines, the above challenges were significantly mitigated due to an innovative, renewables driven, decentralized solar desalination solutions provided by Elemental Water Makers and a local partner. The rural population, previously dependent on unsustainable and expensive ($6/m3) water sources of questionable quality, are now able to access high-quality drinking water at highly market-competitive rate of (1.3$/m3) while also reducing CO2 emission by 43%, equivalent to savings 11 tons of CO2/year. Apart from mitigating the direct pressure on fresh water resources, additional benefits arose out of the fact local populace took ownership of a water kiosk. The water kiosk is a symbol for the newly gained economic and ecological resilience, which was acquired through independent economic exploitation of a water kiosk, offering opportunities related to economic development and consequently that of self-development, especially for women and children. Through close collaboration with a local partner organization, local ownership was fostered, project implementation was done according to local governance and compliances, access to local resources was facilitated and ultimately operation and management remains in hands of the local population. The above impacts have made the water kiosk project a success, provides evidence for the promise and potential of renewable decentralized desalination solutions for remote/rural communities and provides inspiration for future ‘glocal’ partnerships promoting freshwater resources.
    Efficient off-grid desalination on the remote Gladden Island

    Gladden Island is one of the world's most private islands and is situated in the Caribbean. This private get-away implemented an efficient desalination solution based on reverse osmosis. This solution was installed to guarantee a fresh water supply in the dry periods during which the existing desalination and rain catchment systems proved insufficient. By integrating an innovative energy recovery device that re-uses the pressure remaining in the brine effluent of the reverse osmosis process, this fresh water solution produces 5 m3 fresh water per day while using only 17.5 kWh. As a result this water supply mitigates 10 tonnes of CO2/year in comparison to the former water solution.
    Elemental Water Makers

    Already today, two thirds of the world population face water shortages. This means 4 billion people that are affected by the shortage of water. As a result of increasing fresh water scarcity and the limited availability and negative consequences of fossil fuels, Elemental Water Makers was founded in 2012 as a spin-off of the University of Technology Delft in the Netherlands. The company develops solutions to ensure fresh water today without limiting tomorrow by desalinating sea water using solar energy. Elemental Water Makers is determined to solve fresh water scarcity, using only the sea, sun, earth & wind With technological proof, Elemental Water Makers has searched for regions and beneficiaries which could gain most from this solution. Regions relying on desalination with high electricity prices or currently lacking access to sustainable fresh water resources were identified as potential beneficiaries. This boiled down to rural coastal regions and islands, specifically small island developing states (SIDs). Potential end-users of the system are communities, municipalities, resorts and private islands. Elemental Water Makers has successfully designed and installed 10+ fresh water solutions across 7 different countries due to the efforts of its team (3 full time employees). In 2017, the company received the 1st prize of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award, out of 138 organizations active in the field of desalination. Do you know coastal locations that face droughts and water scarcity? Join us in solving fresh water scarcity, using only the sea, sun, earth & wind.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Youth Club – The WASH Club

    The WASH Club is a youth club in Ghana, Cape Coast to be precise which provides voluntary services in the Water and Sanitation sector to public in the country. The club was started in 2016 and is made up of a team of talented and motivated students who work towards the betterment and the improvement of livelihoods of the populace.
    WASH4Schools

    The WASH4Shools project is intended to educate students in the basic schools, Junior and Senior high schools on the proper management of water, good sanitation and hygiene practices. This is to increase their knowledge in WASH and to help prevent WASH-related diseases to promote development. Good hygiene practices is vital to a healthy life style
    WASH Webinar Series

    The Wash and Technologies working group within the water youth network has, for the past 6 months, been focused on capacity building as their main activity. As part of this, the group strives to hold monthly webinars on topics which are of interest to group members. The webinars are open to anyone and are published externally on Water Youth Network communication channels (website, facebook etc).
    Global Water Partnership Armenia

    The Country Water Partnership was established as the partner of Global Water Partnership (GWP) in Armenia. The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) established the Global Water Partnership Network still in 1996. Country Water Partnership (CWP) in Armenia was founded in 2005 as a network of interested organization. We are working for accurate the access to information and influence in the public politics. We articulate people working in water organizations or investigations to generate a strong compromise to change the actual way to manage the water.
    Red Agua EC

    We are a young professionals alliance and we promote the access to information related with water and work to success the integrated water resources management. We are working for accurate the access to information and influence in the public politics. We articulate people working in water organizations or investigations to generate a strong compromise to change the actual way to manage the water. Screen reader support enabled.
    Réseau Béninois du Parlement Mondial de la Jeunesse pour l’Eau (RB/PMJE)

    Our mission is to coordinate the actions of youth and water advocacy in Benin, guarantee the recognition of young people as a key player in the water sector, raise awareness of youth issues related to water, and encourage the capacities of young people to act for water.

    Project Categories

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    Water-Use Efficiency

     

    Integrated Water Resources Management

     

    Protect & Restore Water Related Ecosystems

     

    Expand International Cooperation & Capacity-Building

     

    Disaster Risk Reduction

     

    About

    YouKnoW! is a virtual space for collaboration founded on collective wisdom towards today’s water challenges. It’s an online centralized dynamic database where youth-led organizations are able to connect with a vibrant community. Just with the click of a mouse on our interactive world map, you will have access to knowledge from projects aimed at solving water issue & sharing of successful and innovative water practices.

    If you want to learn more about YouKnoW! please read our Community Guide.

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    • Lombok floods: living with and managing flood...
      James cook University
      2017/01/01
      Recently started
      This project aims to train local youth to interview various stakeholders involved in flood disasters in East Lombok to understand flood response behavior and...
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    • Young Peacebuilders for Climate Action (YPCA)
      ASEAN Peace Project
      2017/07
      Finished
      This project aims to strengthen the role of young people in promoting sustainable environmental development in peace-building processes, enhance awareness and develop the potentials...
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    • Water Satellite
      Water satellite Africa
      2016/02/10
      Ongoing
      Water Satellite program is carried out in the following ways: An interactive participatory software application that helps our target group to study about WASH...
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    • Biopori Holes Project
      IGAF-Indonesia green action
      2016/07/01
      Finished
      n Indonesia, flooding and drought are mostly an interlinked anthrophogenic disasters, resulting from resettlement expansion of human beings so that limited spaces of water...
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    • Love The Tucunduba: Expedition on the Tucundu...
      AME
      2017/04
      Ongoing
      Is a social project with the objective of reconnecting the young people who live in the favela Belém with the Tucunduba urban hydrographic basins....
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    • ECO-Enterprises Project in Hoima, Uganda
      Umoja East Africa Fund Uganda
      2017/06/01
      Finished
      Umoja East Africa Fund (UEAF) is currently promoting an Eco-enterprise Project. The project is promoting energy saving cooking technology to facilitate energy efficiency and...
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    • Enhancing Women’s Participation in Portable W...
      Pontianak State of Polytechnic (Polnep
      2014/09/01
      Finished
      The role of Indonesia’s women in the management of water resources is very low due to lack of knowledge, skills, education, capital, and health...
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    • River Detective Program
      ECO-Enterprises Project in Hoima,
      Not given
      Finished
      This project involves youth to participate in water pollution monitoring and give pressure to government to strengthen industrial water pollution control in Brantas River...
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    • Conscientious and responsible consumption of ...
      Gaia Pacha Foundation
      2016/11/01
      Ongoing
      This project aims to strengthen conscientious and responsible consumption of resources. It works in the universities of the city to be able to work...
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    • Safe Water Enterprise
      Siemens Stiftung
      2010/01/30
      Ongoing
      With Safe Water Enterprises, Siemens Stiftung is committed to a sustainable supply of safe drinking water in rural regions in Kenya. Small kiosks are...
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    • WASH Map and Campaign
      IGAF- Indonesian Green Action Forum
      2016/10/17
      Ongoing
      Education of university students to be more aware about the importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene by means of mapping and campaigning.
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    • Rwanda: Water For All
      Zam Zam Water
      2017/06/01
      Completed
      Providing a clean, sustainable water source by constructing a 15,000L underground water tank utilizing rainwater from a rain-catchment system. Furthermore, planting dozens of vegetable...
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    • Flash flood early warning system for Egypt
      Nile Forecast Center
      2017/08/01
      Ongoing
      Egypt is one of the vulnerable countries which is affected by the changing of the climate due to global warming. Various effects including seawater...
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    • School of Farmers
      School of Farmers
      2016/01/01
      Ongoing
      Illiteracy is the curse of any country. If it's sustained in a large part of a country’s population, for example farmers who simultaneously are...
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    • Multifuctionality of Constructed wetlands
      UNU
      2017/01/01
      Ongoing
      This project seeks to develop a methodology for optimal design and criteria of constructed wetlands. By analysing a properly designed and operated constructed wetlands,...
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    • Sustainable Water Sector Capacity Development...
      SHUKALB
      2015/07/01
      Completed
      The project contributes to SHUKALB’s complete inventory of training courses that are maintained and delivered by SHUKALB for the benefit of the staff of...
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    • Point-of-use arsenic removal using sand-based...
      RISE (Rural International Student Exchange)
      2014/01/11
      Ongoing
      RISE is a student-run organization empowering students to rise up and apply their knowledge in solving environmental problems in Rural China. Through the collaboration...
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    • International Student Conference of Civil Eng...
      Polytechnic University of Tirana
      2018/05/01
      Completed
      The International Student Conference of Civil Engineering ISCCE 2018 was the first student conference in Faculty of Civil Engineering, organized by the student council....
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    • YouthNet for Climate Justice - Phases 1 to 3
      Barisal division, Bangladesh
      2017/06/01
      Completed
      Goal: Develop people oriented early warning system to save lives in affected communities. Such improvements in communication to the key actors in the field...
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    • Water for Life
      CWS
      2008/01/08
      Completed
      The CWS Water for Life program has had transformative impacts in East Africa. Water for Life has benefitted 182 communities across the drylands of...
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    • Umoja East Africa Fund Uganda
      Umoja East Africa Fund Uganda
      N/A
      N/A
      Umoja East Africa Fund (UEAF) is currently promoting an Eco-enterprise Project. The project is promoting energy saving cooking technology to facilitate energy efficiency and...
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    • Gaia Pacha Foundation
      Gaia Pacha Foundation
      N/A
      N/A
      Gaia Pacha is a Non-Profit Organization that reflects the conviction and life philosophy of qualified women and men who are committed to the care...
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    • Réseau Béninois du Parlement Mondial de la Je...
      (RB/PMJE)
      2015/01/11
      Completed
      Our mission is to coordinate the actions of youth and water advocacy in Benin, guarantee the recognition of young people as a key player...
      Read More
    • Red Agua EC
      Red Agua EC
      N/A
      Ongoing
      We are a young professionals alliance and we promote the access to information related with water and work to success the integrated water resources...
      Read More
    • Global Water Partnership Armenia
      Global Water Partnership Armenia
      N/A
      N/A
      The Country Water Partnership was established as the partner of Global Water Partnership (GWP) in Armenia. The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program...
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    • WASH Webinar Series
      Water Youth Network
      2018/09/01
      Ongoing
      The Wash and Technologies working group within the water youth network has, for the past 6 months, been focused on capacity building as their...
      Read More
    • WASH4Schools
      WASH4Schools
      2018/07/01
      Ongoing
      The WASH4Shools project is intended to educate students in the basic schools, Junior and Senior high schools on the proper management of water, good...
      Read More
    • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Youth Club - Th...
      Water, Sanitation & Hygiene YC- The WASH Club
      2016
      Ongoing
      The WASH Club is a youth club in Ghana, Cape Coast to be precise which provides voluntary services in the Water and Sanitation sector...
      Read More
    • Elemental Water Makers
      Elemental Water Makers
      2012
      Ongoing
      Already today, two thirds of the world population face water shortages. This means 4 billion people that are affected by the shortage of water....
      Read More
    • Efficient off-grid desalination on the remote...
      Elemental Water Makers
      2017/04/01
      Completed
      Gladden Island is one of the world's most private islands and is situated in the Caribbean. This private get-away implemented an efficient desalination solution...
      Read More
    • Moving from water scarcity to abundance throu...
      Elemental Water Makers
      2017/07/01
      Completed
      Fresh water is a prerequisite for sustainable development anywhere across the globe, making it a fundamental challenge that deserves global attention. While certain regions...
      Read More
    • Off-grid desalination using only the sea, sun...
      Elemental Water Makers
      2015/02/01
      Completed
      Small Island Developing States such as the British Virgin Islands face a challenge to secure sufficient fresh water supplies due to a limited number...
      Read More
    • Proyecto Agua Segura
      We have worked on community approaches to survey the vast Argentine territory. Understanding each place, its culture, its language and work in an articulated...
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    Organisations

    Check out our organisations, filter by category and get inspired to submit your own organisation!

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    • Water Youth Network

      The Water Youth Network is a global connector in the water sector, made up of a vibrant community of students and young professionals and...

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    • United Nations University (UNU)

      The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation headquartered in Japan. The mission of the UN University is...

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    • Nile Forecast Center

      The Nile Forecast Center NFC was established as part of the planning Sector of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in 1992.
      The...

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    • School of Farmers

      To give the light of education to farmers so that they can contribute in the agriculture sector to a country’s development and keep pace...

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    • Zam Zam Water

      Zam Zam is a humanitarian organization devoted to playing a vital role in eradicating poverty by providing clean, sustainable water, access to quality education,...

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    • Red Peruana de Jóvenes por el Água

      The vision of the “Red Peruana de Jóvenes por el Água” is to be the leading youth network that promotes Integrated Water Resources Management...

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    • Parlamento Nacional da Juventude pela Água

      The main idea is to engage young people with regard to water resources, conducting training and actions involving young people.

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    • YESS (Young Earth System Scientists)

      YESS, the Young Earth System Scientists community, unifies international and multidisciplinary early career researchers in a powerful network, providing a voice and leverage for...

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    • Civil Engineering Program (PEC)

      The main objective of the Civil Engineering Program (PEC)/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro is to develop high level research, graduating masters and doctors...

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    • Waterlution

      For over 14 years, Waterlution’s dedication to promoting water awareness and opportunities for collaboration has been a catalyst in creating sustainable and innovative water...

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    • RISE (Rural International Student Exchange)

      RISE is a student-run organization empowering students to rise up and apply their knowledge in solving environmental problems in Rural China. Through the collaboration...

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    • Preparing our Home

      “Preparing our Home” is a community-based resilience planning program. The program enables Indigenous youth to reach their potential in becoming emergency preparedness leaders in...

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    • Pontianak State of Polytechnic (Polnep)

      Pontianak State of Polytechnic (Polnep) is one of higher education institutions in West Borneo, Indonesia to employ a professional learning system with emphasizes on...

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    • James Cook University

      James Cook University is an educational institution which also engages in research in tropical environments and societies in Australia and in the region.

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    • SHUKALB

      Advocates the collective interests of professionals in the water sector in Albania. Serves as a leading resource for knowledge, professional development, and networking. Invests...

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    • Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

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    • Umoja East Africa Fund Uganda

      Umoja East Africa Fund (UEAF) is currently promoting an Eco-enterprise Project. The project is promoting energy saving cooking technology to facilitate energy efficiency and...

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    • A membership based largest youth led organization patronized by Barisal Division commissioner office, Department of Environment & UNICEF Bangladesh office. Considering the vulnerable situation...

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    • Gaia Pacha Foundation

      Gaia Pacha is a Non-Profit Organization that reflects the conviction and life philosophy of qualified women and men who are committed to the care...

      Read More
    • (RB/PMJE)

      Our mission is to coordinate the actions of youth and water advocacy in Benin, guarantee the recognition of young people as a key player...

      Read More
    • Red Agua EC

      We are a young professionals alliance and we promote the access to information related with water and work to success the integrated water resources...

      Read More
    • Global Water Partnership Armenia

      The Country Water Partnership was established as the partner of Global Water Partnership (GWP) in Armenia. The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program...

      Read More
    • Water Youth Network

      The Wash and Technologies working group within the water youth network has, for the past 6 months, been focused on capacity building as their...

      Read More
    • WASH4Schools

      The WASH4Shools project is intended to educate students in the basic schools, Junior and Senior high schools on the proper management of water, good...

      Read More
    • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene YC- The WASH Club

      The WASH Club is a youth club in Ghana, Cape Coast to be precise which provides voluntary services in the Water and Sanitation sector...

      Read More
    • Elemental Water Makers

      Already today, two thirds of the world population face water shortages. This means 4 billion people that are affected by the shortage of water....

      Read More
    • We have worked on community approaches to survey the vast Argentine territory. Understanding each place, its culture, its language and work in an articulated...

      Read More

    News

    Youth look to the future in Albania

    From total oppression to student organizing international conferences in one generation: How Albania youth are more international than ever. By: Hector Nava (h.nava@wateryouthnetwork.org) In the small and not so well-known country of Albania, engineering students...

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    The Magic of a water pump

    GOING TO SCHOOL IS EASIER FOR LETICIA “I had to go every morning and fetch water before going to school..." That is what Leticia, Eleventh grade student at ‘’College Aquaben” a school located in Libreville town, Gabon, told us and went on "...My parents noticed that...

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    Relaunch in Stockholm

    What you see above is the new design of the YouKnoW! map - which we are incredibly proud of! The YouKnoW! platform in it's new and shiny format has been relaunched at Stockholm World Water Week 2018. For that we started with an introductory talk by Philip Kruse about...

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    Water Saving Awareness

    Spreading water saving tips across Cape Town is tremendously important in times like these! Cape{Town} etc. has produced a Youtube-Video to support people living in Cape Town to save water. Find this interesting and short video here. Why not give him a thumbs up? Do...

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    If you have not had the chance to attend our Webinar: “Active Youth during COP24: Practice and Experience” this is your opportunity! 🤩

    You can watch the recorded version of the event here: goo.gl/D3ScwC

    #YouKnoW #ClimateAction #Water #WaterandClimate
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    #DidYouKnoW by 2030 the water demand for food and energy production is likely to rise by 50% and 35% respectively?

    Water efficient practices must be applied to all sectors to help meet the growing water demand without degrading the ecosystems.

    Data: UN Water
    #water #sdg6 #waterefficiency #agriculture #waterandagriculture #accesstowater
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    Are you attending #GPDRR2019 in Geneva? We are looking for you to be considered as participant or organiser for a session focused on #youth, #technology and #DRR https://t.co/6lo5DYL5TY

    Are you #creative and want to get more involved in #WorldWaterDay? 🌐 Then check out the #OHCHR Human Rights #Youth Challenge!

    Do you know about exciting work by youth in transboundary water cooperation? Tell us! https://t.co/wb7ewQccNP Your insights help to identify young participants and content for the spring 2019 workshop, and further research!
    @ihedelft @DUPC_2 @IHEWCD @InternSecrWater @GWPnews

    Are you passionate about #WASH? Would you like to know more about #WASHsystems strengthening? #Allsystemsgo! is looking for volunteers. Contribute your time in exchange for a chance to attend some of our dynamic sessions. Email jabbar@ircwash.org for more information 📧

    Last december @Trejo_Miguel and I joined COP24 through the @WaterYouthNet. Our blog on #Water and #Youth at #COP24 is online now!
    https://t.co/X3SVXGuLHV

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