Local perspectives and case studies

The aim of the local perspectives and case studies feature is to learn about gaps in water resource management from affected individuals, communities, civil society, professionals, researchers or organisations in the field to identify needs or potential solutions that space technologies could contribute to.

Because of the very diverse nature of water-related problems, the Office has decided to collect information in different thematic calls, which address a specific target groups at a time. The ultimate purpose is to collect and synthesize these needs (in the form of perspectives expressed by civil society, or case studies) and to explore ways of matchmaking needs and solutions to inspire stakeholders of the Space4Water Portal to apply existing or develop new solutions to the problems addressed.

Local Perspectives address a specific water resource management or ecological issue in a certain locality. Local perspectives will be collected, screened, and categorised by UNOOSA. Depending on the target audience of the call, some of the collected perspectives (detailed and clear descriptions / case studies with technical parameters to be provided) will be publicly shared on the Space4Water Portal so that solution providers can learn about user needs, others will be collected and published in a curated format, maybe with more user interaction possibilities than a traditional case study.

Theme of the current call

#WASH #ServiceProviders 

The theme of the current call within the Local Perspectives feature is WASH service provision and is aimed at utilities / small entrepreneurs / public sector / charities / researchers / individuals working in WASH service provision. We welcome anyone who is consulting on / designing / implementing / monitoring / maintaining WASH services on the ground. Whether you construct water infrastructure, maintain sanitation facilities, work with communities in WASH behaviour change or anything in-between we welcome your response. 

SDG 6: To ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030 is critical to sustainable development. Access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene services at every level and in every nation is fundamental to human health and wellbeing and is key to improving nutrition and education levels and preventing disease. From domestic needs to health facilities, schools, agriculture, and industry, access to WASH services is of paramount importance. 

Despite its importance, in 2017, 2.2 billion people worldwide still lacked safely managed drinking water service, whilst 4.2 billion lacked safely managed sanitation services.

Research shows that space technologies and space data can help to address multiple WASH-related challenges in order to close this apparent gap in access. UNOOSA thus wants to give a voice to WASH service providers within the Local Perspectives and Case Studies feature to learn about the challenges on the ground, alongside implemented and potential solutions (both space and non-space related). 

Dear WASH service providers, you are invited to participate. We would like to learn from you to be able to better identify technical space-based solutions, through our network of stakeholders, for aiding in WASH service delivery.