Posted on August 31, 2021 by Lillian Holmes
|Authoring Organizations:||CEO Water Mandate|
|Consulting Organizations:||Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)|
|Last Updated||Sep 17, 2021|
Where possible, work with existing industry associations groups to engage a greater number of partners while benefiting from existing trust, relationships, and networks. Industry groups may include companies who are already highly engaged on water issues. Additionally, gaining the trust of an industry group will speed the project vetting process.
El Agua nos Une is a partnership led by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) with partners in local governments, the private sector, and civil society. El Agua nos Une has benefitted from close collaboration with a business association of paper producers in Colombia. The partnership will continue to engage with industry-specific groups in Mexico, Peru and Brazil in industries as diverse as food and beverages, chemicals, and agriculture. The partnership finds that engaging industry groups builds momentum and is key to identifying the most pressing water challenges and the best opportunities for addressing them (e.g. good practices, technologies, reuse).
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This lesson learned reflects the beliefs and experiences of the author, not necessarily the Pacific Institute, CEO Water Mandate, or UN Global Compact.