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10th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater International 2001"
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001

Section 2: Rainwater Catchment in Humid and Arid Regions

Paper 2.27

Rainwater Harvesting for the Poor - Project Management

Sebastian Haury


Some of the results of the 9th Rainwater Conference in Petrolina, Brazil (1997) and other studies in relation to project management for Rainwater Catchment Systems have been:

  • Participation of the beneficiaries from the beginning is essential 
  • Top-down management usually does not work out 
  • The applied technique ought to be accessible to the participants of the project 
  • There is a necessity of affordable Rainwater Catchment Systems for the poor

Learning from past experiences this paper aims to demonstrate the possibility and the outcomes of realising these calls for application of accessible technology, community participation/management, and affordability. Basis for this case study is the author's experience with a project for the construction of cisterns in Northeast-Brazil.

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