Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rainwater Harvesting Implementation Network (RAIN)

Location: Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Senegal
Years: 2003-Present
Founder: Plan Netherlands and AIDEnvironment

Rainwater Harvesting Implementation Network (RAIN) has supported projects in Nepal, 375 projects were for drinking while 200 projects werefor agriculture, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Ethiopia, and is hoping to expand in Senegal where contaminated or inaccessible groundwater make rain-water harvesting an attractive option for the community. RAIN itself is not a resistance oriented organization but rather a larger, umbrella foundation for fundraising and awareness about the potential of rainwater harvesting. However, in addition to standard efforts to provide clean water to developing communities, it supports radical implementations of rainwater harvesting as well. One of its most recent projects: Be Buffered has an attitude of resistance to installing its Recharge, Retention, and Reuse strategy.

The 3RBook explores best practices and radical practices in rainwater capture implemented around the globe. The group has used riverbank infiltration, artificial groundwater recharge, and sand storage dams. Be Buffered wants to tackle those water situations that have been deemed too difficult or challenging for ordinary means and provide an excess water buffer in times of drought.

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