Boreholes in Africa
This offsetting project helps to build, renovate, and maintain boreholes in Africa. The aim is to improve people’s accessibility to clean drinking water, particularly in rural areas. The initiative operates in Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, and Eritrea. Here, like anywhere else in the world, clean drinking water is vitally important.
Update 2019, November 7th
This Borehole Safe Water project in Uganda is the first project ever to apply the full Gold Standard Gender Equality Requirements. As part of the ‘additional’ certification process to verify the gender impacts, a comprehensive gender analysis to establish a gender baseline has been conducted. This involved a gender baseline survey as well as supplementary gender-focused local stakeholder meetings.
Next year, more of our projects will be verified according to the new Gold Standard for Global Goals (GS4GG), in which the projects will be extensively tested for their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals, in addition to compliance with SDG 13, climate. Gold Standard was originally set up to have extra benefits for the local population / community in addition to the climate benefits, through CO2 reduction or avoidance. With GS4GG, Gold Standard reaches the next step by guaranteeing the claim on relevant additional SDGs.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 1.5 million people die per year as a result of water related diseases, including many children. Most African rural households don’t have access to clean drinking water. By providing much-needed water access, the project saves lives and reduces the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Boreholes that produce clean drinking water reduce the need to boil water over an open fire to kill bacteria and viruses. One-third of the global population still relies on open fire cooking, which often takes place indoors. The smoke these fires produce is dangerous to people’s health and curb climate change and deforestation.
This project provides access to clean drinking water to rural households in Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, and Eritrea. Over the past few years, local communities have dug various boreholes.
Many of these, however, are in a state of disrepair as they haven’t been maintained properly. Carbon finance has renovated and reinvigorated many of these abandoned wells by local contractors. Local villagers received training and have been appointed to maintain their wells. If needed, these wells can be repaired by local plumbers and artisans. Offsetting 1 tonne of CO2 translates into 1.405 litres of clean drinking water for rural households.
Climate Neutral Group contributes to the construction and maintenance of boreholes in Africa through the purchase of carbon credits. Local entrepreneurs are trained to become builders and maintenance specialists. The project carries a Gold Standard certification.
Climate and environment
- Fights climate change by reducing the emission of CO2.
- Improves the quality of air.
- Cuts the use of firewood to boil water, fighting deforestation.
- Boosts the region’s biodiversity.
Social and economic
- Women, who are often responsible for fetching water, don’t have to walk further than 500m to access clean drinking water.
- Communities use less firewood, saving them time in firewood collection and safeguards their safety.
- Local water boards responsible for the maintenance and management of boreholes have become a fundamental part of communities. It is a prerequisite to have at least one woman on each board. This promotes gender equality and the overall social development of women.
- Boosts employment and skills training among local contractors and plumbers.
- People spend less on firewood to boil water, boosting disposable incomes. Savings can be spent on education, food, and healthcare.
- Fewer deaths due to dirty drinking water.
- Fewer fatalities due to less smoke caused by an open fire to boil water.
- Fewer neck and back problems because people don’t have to carry as much wood and water as before.
- Better hygiene due to improved hand washing practices and more information about basic hygiene.