Maputo, Mozambique, 21 July 2016

UNESCO-IHE together with Maputo Water Company – Aguas da Regiao de Maputo (AdeM) organized the inception workshop of the project “Enabling the assessment of alternative water supply systems to promote urban water security in the Global South” (AltWater). Some thirty representatives from the partners from the project cities of Maputo, Beira (in Mozambique) and Surabaya, Gresik (in Indonesia) attended the meeting. Mr. Carlos Cossa, Technical Advisor for Administration, AdeM and the focal point for the project in Mozambique, put effort to coordinate and host this event. UNESCO-IHE was represented by Dr. Janez Sušnik (Project leader) and Dr. Assela Pathirana.

 AltWater investigates ways to increase the self-reliance and sustainability of cities in the global South with regard to water supply by relieving pressure on traditional sources through the implementation of alternative water systems (for example rainwater harvesting, wastewater reuse, desalination). With partner cities in Mozambique and Indonesia, this project will develop a tailor-made approach in each city to evaluate the potential of alternative systems to contribute to urban water supply and security. Assessment of site-specific aspects of potential systems, including yield (water volume) and reliability, cost, institutional and socio-environmental factors across the city area will be carried out.

AltWater adopts a novel “Leader-Follower” City approach whereby Maputo and Surabaya are designated as leader cities. These two cities will then become primarily responsible for developing and training capacity in the Follower City (Beira and Gresik respectively). Local partners will gain knowledge and expertise in alternative supply assessment and planning through participation in the research. Collaboration and knowledge exchange between partners will be strengthened, increasing capacity and networks.

The meeting was opened with a welcome by the Chairman of AdeM Mr. José Ferrete. There were presentations from the cities of Maputo, Beira, Surabaya, and Gresik describing their water supply system.  Dr. Janez Sušnik presented a detailed overview of the project, describing its deliverables, planning, milestones, etc. The event concluded with a round-table discussion among project partners discussing different aspects of the project and expectations of each of the partners.

The four year project is funded by DUPC2 (programmatic cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNESCO-IHE) – with a subsidy of EUR 542,600. The project partners will contribute with co-funding worth of EUR 153,200.


AltWater Project has six activities spanning over a period of four years.

AltWater Project has six activities spanning over a period of four years.