Our Tenants' Views: Excellent Development on Global Climate Strike Week
Why is the Climate Strike and/or action on climate change important to your organisation?
Climate change is exacerbating environmental degradation and desertification in drylands (arid, semi-arid or dry sub-humid regions), with estimations that this could lead to a reduction of global food production by up to 12% (resulting in a 30% increase in world food prices) over the next 25 years. As drylands support 74% of the world's poor, is it they who will be most impacted by the ever growing effects of climate change. That is where the work of Excellent Development comes in.
How is your organisation tackling climate change?
Since 2002, Excellent has supported rural, dryland communities in 9 countries to build over 1,100 sand dams. A sand dam is a cost-effective rainwater harvesting technique; a concrete wall built across a sandy riverbed that can capture up to 40 million litres of water, replenishing every rainy season. That water is stored safe from disease and evaporation within sand and easily extractable via pipework connected to hand-pumps and taps, with one sand dam providing enough year-round water for over 1,000 people.
What changes are you making or have you made?
These sand dam projects (as well as other rainwater harvesting solutions Excellent supports, including rock catchments and school water tanks) have enabled over 1 million people to access clean water for life. And they are usually coupled with climate-smart agriculture training and activities; for example, Excellent has supported beneficiaries to grow drought-resistant crops and over 1.1 million trees. This has provided communities with the kick-start to work their way out of poverty with dignity, mitigating the effects of climate change by ‘re-greening’ areas, transforming lives and land forever.