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World Water Week focuses on Water and Food Security

Claudia Wendland, sanitation coordinator at WECF, contributes to the workshop "Towards a Green Economy - The Water-Food-Energy Nexus" with case studies from Georgia and Kyrgyzstan

21.08.2012 |Claudia Wendland

Man selling apricots in Kyrgyzstan

Claudia Wendland, sanitation coordinator at WECF, contributes to the workshop "Towards a Green Economy - The Water-Food-Energy Nexus" with two case studies from Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, please see her poster "Linking Water & Sanitation to Agriculture and Energy – Two Case Studies from Georgia and Kyrgyzstan"

Georgia and Kyrgyzstan are two post‐Soviet countries where the infrastructure, especially water supply, adequate sanitation and wastewater management have been deteriorating increasingly during the last 20 years. The situation in rural areas is dramatic and the people are left alone with insufficient support from the local authorities to ensure their infrastructure. Households in rural and peri‐urban communities largely suffer from energy poverty. They rarely have enough energy to produce heating and warm water in their homes. The lack of fuel has caused localized environmental problems such as deforestation for fuel, cutting of windbreaks, Kyrgyzstan burning dung instead of using it for fertilizer, resulting in soil degradation.

There is a high rate of unemployment and people lack of ideas for business and marketing, and alternatives solutions for sustaining livelihoods. WECF, RCDA and KAWS have been working together for 5 years to improve the living conditions of the population and to bridge the gap between urban and rural areas

See the poster here

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