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Our ambition in Belgium
Our consumption patterns have an impact on global water challenges and determine the extent to which people in developing countries have access to water. That is why Join For Water is working to raise awareness in Flanders of the local and global importance of sustainable water use and a reduced water footprint.
Join For Water is involved in the implementation of SDG6 for drinking water and sanitation and keeps this topic on the political agenda.
Our activities in Belgium
‘Project W’ (W for water) is the flagship of Join For Water in Belgium. This project involves 6 municipalities and their schools. Sustainable water use is at the centre and is in line with the objectives of sustainable development and the water footprint.
We explain the water footprint with Superette Wa(l)ter. Our mini-market is open during workshops, fairs, events... so that each "customer" can measure his water footprint. Everyone can thus reflect on their indirect use of water, but also on the solutions that can be found here to meet the global water challenges.
‘Think global, act local’ is what we do also in schools and municipalities. Together, we are reducing the water footprint by raising awareness of the importance of sustainable water use in six key areas: food, paper, clothing, transport, electricity and direct water. We encourage public servants, employees, teachers and students to make sustainable choices: purchasing recycled paper, offering vegetarian food during events, exchanging sports uniforms, more digital communication... We professionalize teachers to incorporate sustainable development in their lessons.
The water footprint is also at the centre of our annual ‘World Water Day at School’ day of action. On the occasion of World Water Day, 22 March, Flemish schools are taking action to draw attention to the global importance of sustainable water use.
Our partners in Belgium
- Municipality of Bierbeek
- City of Kortrijk
- City of Roeselare
- Municipality of Evergem
- Municipality of Merelbeke
- Municipality of Brasschaat
Financing and support
- DGD - Directorate-general Development Cooperation
- Province of West Flanders
- National Lottery