Demonstrating concrete examples in the field
The water compensation concept developed by Aquasis Solutions aims at reducing the water footprint dependencies of companies and consumers from water stressed countries.
Aquasis Solution acted proactively by proposing Coop to implement the first water compensation projects in the retail sector in Switzerland. The project aims at mitigating the impacts, on the environment and on the local communities, caused by the use of groundwater by Coop suppliers, in the Souss Massa Draa region in Morocco. The Region of Souss Massa Draa near Agadir is positioned as the agricultural powerhouse of Morocco. However, groundwater is used excessively regarding natural replenishment rate and “exported” together with the fruits and vegetables.
Through the compensation project, the “invisible water” needed to grow fruit and vegetable, coming from Morocco to Switzerland will be indirectly reduced. The groundwater used to grow vegetables or fruits by local farmers in the Argan watershed will be partially substituted by rainwater. In this regard, rainwater harvesting systems, innovative irrigation, and ecosystem-based solutions for natural disaster (e.g. reservoirs in agricultural areas which can store flood water during flood events) will be built to secure subsistence farming for the benefit of the population of Arazane, who are suffering water scarcity.
The project aims to generate knowledge-based solutions about water saving techniques in agriculture to contribute to long-term sustainability of the aquifer in the Souss Massa Draa region.
Participatory meetings with different stakeholders and local population.
Conceptualization and explanation of the techniques (rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, stormwater collection to be built at Arazane).
Integrating the water footprint project to local initiatives, projects, national development plans and thus creating ownership of the project by local population.