Two WBC Pilot Projects Launched During India Visit
From the 26th of February through the 3rd of March, representatives from First Climate’s water team flew to Hyderabad, India to view the activities of two water projects that will be among the first to generate WBCs using the Water Benefit Certificate Standard (WBCS). Both projects are based on a business model that provides services to low-income communities, but focus on two very different aspects of water benefits.
The first project is being developed by WaterHealth India (WHIN), a wholly owned subsidiary of WaterHealth International. WHIN is a company that aims to provide scalable, safe drinking water solutions to underserved areas in India through advanced technology and self-sustaining business models based on WaterHealth Centers. These centers are modular structures that house water purification equipment to treat locally available water. Each WHC produces World Health Organization (WHO) quality water that is available, for a nominal usage fee that is determined appropriate and affordable in partnership with communities.
The second project is being developed by AgSri, a company with an ambition to innovate, package, implement and scale farm-based technologies that are inherently farmer friendly and ecologically sustainable. One of these innovations is a set of methods named the Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI).
AgSri’s main contribution is its interaction with farmers by providing training and support to apply SSI methods. By identifying the potential for water savings during the entire sugarcane cultivation cycle, SSI allows farmers to save a significant amount of water while also increasing their output. For example, by standardizing the growth of seedlings for direct planting by farmers, SSI can conserve up to 90% of the water normally used during germination in the field.
Through the revenues they earn from the sale of WBCs, both projects aim to expand the number of target communities they reach and spread their sustainable models in India.
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