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Progress to Date: 530000 m3 annually Reduce water consumption per tonne
Services Needed: Stakeholder engagement & facilitation
Desired Partner: Investor
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jan. 2020  »  Dec. 2023
Project Website: www.theheinekencompany.com/our-sustainability-story/our-prog...
Contextual Condition(s): PHYSICAL: Unsustainable land use
Additional Benefits: Raised awareness of challenges among water users
Beneficiaries: Agricultural growers
Planning & Implementation Time: 1-3 years
Financial Resources: More than $500,000 USD
Primary Funding Source: pool
Project Challenges: RESOURCES: Not enough participants
Project Source: CEO Water Mandate
Profile Completion: 85%

Project Overview

Egypt is one of the countries that has the lowest water availability per capita worldwide. Millions of people rely on the Nile River for their water supply, however it is under threat due to the rising sea level and exponential population growth over the last six decades. Our operating company, Al Ahram Beverages Company (ABC), operates all its plants in water stressed areas. In line with Every Drop strategy to protect watershed health, ABC worked hand in hand with the loca…

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Egypt is one of the countries that has the lowest water availability per capita worldwide. Millions of people rely on the Nile River for their water supply, however it is under threat due to the rising sea level and exponential population growth over the last six decades. Our operating company, Al Ahram Beverages Company (ABC), operates all its plants in water stressed areas. In line with Every Drop strategy to protect watershed health, ABC worked hand in hand with the local stakeholders ranging from government authorities, technical organizations and farmers since 2015 to return water used in our beverage production back to the environment through nature based solution and infrastructure improvement projects. ABC uses locally grown barley to produce its beverages, which needs irrigation to grow. The team has been working with farmers, Agriculture Research Center (ARC) Egypt, Field Crop Research Institute and other experts since 2015 to develop and adopt sustainable farming practices. They have developed best practices and guidelines for sustainable barley cultivation. By increasing crop yields and reducing the need for irrigation, the water demand per hectare has decreased by close to 530,000 m3 annually as accounted using the World Resources InstituteÕs Volumetric Benefit Water Accounting method. The benefits are far reaching and include improved water supply reliability, increased crop yield, optimised fertilizer application and an associated reduction in pollution. ABC has also worked with the local government, Beheira Water and Drainage Company and Deutsche Gesellschaft fŸr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a technical partner to improve ageing water infrastructure to reduce leakages. Flowmeters were installed to identify and repair leaks, and to improve pressure management in 2018 and 2019. The project has reduced water losses from leaking pipes by around 29% reduction in volume, equivalent to 670,000 m3 water balanced and saving approximately Û70,000 a year.

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Basin and/or Contextual Conditions: PHYSICAL: Unsustainable land use
Project Benefits: Raised awareness of challenges among water users
Indirect or Direct Beneficiaries: Agricultural growers
Months & Implementing: 1-3 years
Financial Resources: More than $500,000 USD
Primary Funding Source: Pool funding (i.e., joint funding of several partners)
Challenges: RESOURCES: Not enough participants

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HEINEKEN is the world's most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. Led by the Heineken® brand, the Group has a powerful portfolio of more than 250 international, regional, local and specialty … Learn More

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