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The Resilient Water Accelerator

As part of his Sustainable Markets Initiative, HRH The Prince of Wales has launched the Resilient Water Accelerator, which aims to reach 50 million people in water-stressed areas with reliable and sustainable water sources by 2030. This will mean people having access to essential and dependable water services that will protect them in the face of future threats such as disease or the impact of climate change.

The launch of this initiative follows a pledge at the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Roundtable on Water in London, at WaterAid’s Water & Climate Summit, to work towards boosting available finance for climate-resilient water programmes. Over the last year, the Sustainable Markets Initiatives’ Water & Climate Taskforce has been working to turn this pledge into a reality.

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"The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the need to ensure access to clean water services around the world. Since the first meeting in March of last year, the Water and Climate Finance Initiative Task Force has worked steadfastly towards achieving this, by boosting climate funding for comprehensive scalable resilient water programmes.

I am delighted that the Resilient Water Accelerator is launching today, which will work to provide reliable and sustainable water sources in countries that are battling the devastating effects of the climate crisis.

I look forward to seeing further cross-sector collaboration and I hope that the Task Force continues to foster a diverse range of partners and proposals to find the ambitious solutions that are all too vital."

HRH The Prince of Wales
HRH portrait by Chris Jackson 2019

Letter of Intent

Faced with a cascading crises of a global pandemic, accelerated climate change and ecosystem collapse a coalition of organisations led by WaterAid, that includes the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, World Bank, World Resources Institute, International Water Management Institute, Sanitation and Water for All, Government of Bangladesh, Government of Burkina-Faso, Government of Nigeria, Government of the Netherlands, city of Maputo, Deloitte, Arup and CDC Group, commits to build the Resilient Water Accelerator, with the aim of:

Increasing the pipeline of high quality programmes for water infrastructure and services to reach by 2030 at least 50 million vulnerable people in water stressed areas in low – to middle-income countries to promote climate-resilient development.

Specifically, this will entail taking concrete steps to develop and support the most effective design approach for climate resilient water programmes, including for fast-growing areas, such as secondary cities in Africa and South East Asia, in a way that they can deliver comprehensive water security for people and businesses, and with a view for them to be able to access available climate finance (using millions to access billions). The coalition will work next to identify the 6 locations where the programmes will run in this first stage; mobilize the required funding for the programme design and work with investors to make available large-scale funding for the implementation of the pilots. The coalition is targeting location finalization by September 2021, with work on the ground set to begin in January 2022.

The launch of this initiative follows a pledge at the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Roundtable on Water in London, at WaterAid’s Water & Climate Summit, to work towards boosting available finance for climate-resilient water programmes. Since then, the taskforce has been working together to design the programme being launched today.

"As the world hopes to emerge from the dark cloud of Covid 19, we have a real chance to seize the even bigger challenge of climate change. Without a reliable source of safe water, people cannot protect themselves, not just against disease but also the devastating vagaries of changing weather patterns.

Climate change means more floods, more droughts and more severe storms and dramatically increases the risks to communities that already do not know from one day to the next whether they will get enough clean water for their basic needs. This initiative aims to reach 50 million people, in some of the world’s most marginalised communities, with reliable and sustainable water services.

As we head into the crucial climate negotiations at COP in Glasgow later this year, this work will show that practical solutions to the water and climate crisis exist.”

Tim Wainwright, WaterAid’s Chief Executive
Tim Wainwright portrait

Further information

For roundtable and taskforce enquiries please contact, Joe Murphy, Chief Industry Officer, Sustainable Markets Initiative:

Email: j.murphy@sustainable-markets.org

For media enquiries please contact Laura Round, Communications Director, Sustainable Markets Initiative:

Email: l.round@sustainable-markets.org

Telephone: +44 7 543 759 844