Swiss Pavilion Participants | World Water Forum 2018 | Brasilia

More Coffee with less Water

Nestlé and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will share their experiences from the public-private development partnership in Vietnam on “more coffee with less water” and look together with the audience a little further into the future and discuss challenges and opportunities ahead. The project empowers coffee farmers on practices that can lead up to 60% water savings and 30% cost savings in coffee production. The partnership is a concrete model featuring the subject of water efficiency in an international policy debate and aims at sensitizing relevant policy makers through its results.

Read more about the Project HERE


More Coffee with less Water

21th March 2018 | 13:00 | Swiss Pavilion E15 | Expo Hall

Swiss Pavilion Participants | World Water Forum 2018 | Brasilia

SDC Nicaragua

Nicaragua achieved by 2015 the goal of halving the number of its population without access to potable water. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has worked hand in hand with the sectoral authorities of this country since 1980. The joint work with the national government and the municipalities has resulted in a sustainable model of rural water supply. Hundreds of rural communities served decades ago continue to enjoy the service permanently. This model with its approaches and strategies emerged within the AGUASAN program and is now the basis of a national policy based on participation and shared responsibility between the citizens who self manage the potable water service and the authorities in their role as duty bearers for the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. The session will present the good practices that lead to this great success.


How Rural Citizens got to Self-Manage their Water Supply in Nicaragua: Good Practices and Learnings from 36 Years Working on WASH in Central America

19th March | 14:00 | Swiss Pavilion E15 | Expo Hall


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Swiss Pavilion Participants | World Water Forum 2018 | Brasilia

SDC Bolivia

The project “Disaster risk reduction” in Bolivia has been developed since 2005 to integrate the “risk prevention approach in the planning and investment for development” together municipalities and rural producers, as well as with authorities and technicians of the governments and ministries at the national level. The initiatives are developed in the sectors of agricultural production and water to support sustainable and resilient investments. On the other hand, the integral water management project promotes since 2003 the development of integrated watershed management approach in the water sector in the country.

In the framework of knowledge management two high quality videos were developed to show both process (Author Martin Moll, Swiss filmmaker). For more information see event below.


Water and Risk’s Management for the Development | Film Screening

22 March | 12:45 | Swiss Pavilion E15 |Expo Hall World Water Forum |

Swiss Pavilion Participants | World Water Forum 2018 | Brasilia


El Agua nos Une – SuizAgua is a partnership among the Swiss cooperation and national government institutions, business associations and companies in Colombia, Peru and Chile, which focuses on increasing companies’ awareness on water related risks to take action to manage and reduce impacts on water in their production sites, value chains and to lead compromise with water governance at the watershed level. SuizAgua has 8 years of experience and developed around 40 cases with main companies from different sectors (food and beverage, cement, paper, electricity, agroindustry, chemicals, among others) facing challenges to achieve the global water goal (SDG 6), while articulating with national policies and initiatives.

Video: Valuing Water


What we do

Partner companies advance on their corporate water stewardship journey by assessing their internal and external water risks and impacts (water footprint) along the value chain. They prioritize and invest in reducing the impacts of their own production process. Each company also engages with a strategic value chain stakeholder, either a supplier or a client, to move from optimizing single processes to a systemic approach. Furthermore, the company identifies a relevant action to work with water basing stakeholders to jointly improve water management and ecosystem’s restoration. Methologies and good practices are shared through a Latin American community of practice.

Lines of action:

  1. Evaluation, monitoring and reduction of water footprint in the production of goods and services (based on the ISO 14046); is at the forefront of the application of the standard ISO 14046 on water footprint
  2. Motivate and steer companies actions on watershed management and engaging with other partners on the ground; and
  • Development of an active Latin American community of practice.

Thematic expertise

  • Integrated Water Resources Management
    • Bottom-up inclusive water resources management
    • Water footprint & Payment for ecosystem services
  • Sustainable and effective water use
    • Wastewater treatment & water pollution control
    • Water saving technologies

Where we work

Colombia, Peru, Chile. Latin America


Event: 21 March 2018 | 10:45 | Swiss Pavilion | Topic: Water and Industry: Colombia, Peru and Chile – Corporate Water Stewardship

This event will show results from a public-private partnership
aiming at putting into practice corporate water
stewardship to strengthen water governance and business