“Cultivating Good Water” wins
the 2015 United Nations 'Water for Life' Award
Published at: 1/04/2015
The “Cultivating Good Water” (Cultivando Água Boa) program, created by Itaipu Binacional, won the United Nations Water for Life Award in 2015, for best water management practices. This is the first time that Brazil has won this international award, which was conferred at a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on March 30, 2015. Multicurso Good Water (Multicurso Água Boa), an initiative of the Roberto Marinho Foundation that provides training to watershed managers, is part of the program.
Seven hundred environmental agents, community leaders and teachers from 29 municipalities from the Paraná 3 watershed have participated in the Multicurso Good Water program, which aims to promote conservation of water resources. Participants diagnosed the most pressing problems of micro-watersheds and created action plans to address the problems.
The focus of the fifth edition of the United Nations Water for Life Award was water for sustainable development. Cultivando Água Boa was one of seven projects from Brazil that competed against 40 initiatives from around the world, with most entries coming from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The award promotes efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water related issues by 2015, and targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.