Improving lives & preventing deforestation through clean water access

When communities do not have access to clean water they boil water by using wood or charcoal with general deforestation as a consequence.

The context

A project for the people of Rwanda with the people of Rwanda

Spadel, Water Access Rwanda, CO2logic and mkaarbon safari develop this climate project to provide safe drinking water to communities in the districts of Rusizi, Ngoma, Rwamagana and Bugesera (Rwanda). By providing boreholes, by restoring non-functional boreholes and wells households have access to clean water.

This reduces the need for wood & charcoal (deforestation) the main energy source used when households need to boil water as a means of purification.

The Program

The Water For Climate project addresses daily challenges on different levels

Environmental benefits

Reducing firewood/charcoal consumption for boiling water.

Preserving forests and biodiversity

Avoiding soil erosion and water run-off

Social benefits

Saving time for women and children since no fuelwood for water purification has to be collected and boiling of water is not needed anymore. This frees up time for e.g. income generating activities and education.

Reducing the incidence of water borne diseases like e.g. cholera, diarrhea, typhoid fever or Hepatitis A/E.

Avoiding indoor pollution coming from smoke and particulate matters when boiling water, hence benefiting mostly women being the ones in the kitchen

Economic benefits

Provides employment in the rehabilitation, maintenance and monitoring of the boreholes/wells

Decreasing fuel costs allows households to spend more money on e.g. health care, nutrition, education



The Water For Climate project contributes to many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as No Poverty, Good Health & Well-Being, Clean Water & Sanitation, Decent work & Economic growth, Sustainable Cities & Communities, Responsible Consumption & Production, Climate Action, Life on land & Partnerships for the goals.

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Facts & Figures

The partners

Philantropist: SPADEL

Sustainability is in our DNA. The 1st protected water extraction area in Europe was set up in Spa in 1889, to ensure the original purity and quality of the natural mineral water for future generations. If we protect the water, the water protects us. This is not only a vision, it also finds true expression in the company each day.

Project developer: CO2logic

CO2logic is an international & independent climate advisory organisation. CO2logic is specialised in calculating, reducing and offsetting CO2 emissions in order to reach CO2-Neutrality. It develops climate & environmental restoration projects & helps organisations in their transition to the low carbon & added value economy.


Local NGO: Water Access Rwanda

We are a social enterprise committed to increasing access to clean water for all Rwandan people. Through a set of unique solutions designed for households, communities, private businesses and farms; we make sure getting water is simple, affordable and durable


Project participant: mkaarbon safari

mkaarbon safari is a project development and consulting firm based in Munich area, Germany, that provides services to organizations seeking to increase their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals imperative. mkaarbon safari works with organisations to help them recognise and mitigate any activities that may be contributing to climate change and environmental degradation. mkaarbon safari has extensive experience in providing services to both the public and private sectors.


Certification body: Gold Standard

We are a standard and certification body that stands for the best that can be achieved in climate and development projects.

Established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered on the dual mandate to foster sustainable development. Gold Standard now has more than 80 NGO supporters and 1400+ projects in over 80 countries, creating billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide.

And with the launch of our new standard, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, we now certify a range of independently-verified UN SDG impacts in addition to our flagship carbon credits.

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