International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance IRHA

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The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) is an international NGO created in Geneva in November 2002 following recommendations formulated during the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg two months earlier. The IRHA mission is to promote Rainwater Harvesting as a tool for climate change adaptation and rainwater, as a precious water resource which should be better managed into the framework of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).


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Geneva Rainwater WeekMonday, 21. March 2016 to Friday, 25. March 2016

Thematic expertise

Water for people

  • Rural/ semi-urban water supply and sanitation
  • Urban water supply and sanitation
  • Water technologies (water supply and treatment)
  • Sanitation technologies
  • Hygiene promotion and behavior changes
  • Operation and maintenance, monitoring (soft aspects)

Water for nature

(DRR (flood management/ drought)

Water and climate change

  • Adaptation

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Vessela Monta -


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  • Four Blue Schools Plus in Kaski region (Nepal)

    The IRHA Blue Schools Plus programme is specially tailored for mountainous regions. It changes the entire water, hygiene and sanitation conditions in schools, but also targets the local population living in a very difficult geographical and economical context. The project took place in four schools located in the Kaski district of Nepal. They either had […]
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    The project was carried out in the two schools of Kahone 1 and Fass Kahone, located in the Kahone municipality, region of Kaolack, Senegal. The general objective of this project is to create healthy conditions in two schools in Senegal, to raise children’s environmental awareness and to prepare them to face the predicted impacts of […]
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