Public Awareness and Water Conservation


Jump to: navigation, search
edit  ·  ToolkitWater Conflict and Cooperation
History of Humanity and Water | Shared Waters and Ethics | Legal and Institutional Approaches | Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms
Emerging Trends | Public Participation | Indicators | Means and Tools | Basin Management | Lessons Learned
Organisations and Projects | Publications | Glossary | Bibliography
Case Studies: Incomati | Nile | Columbia | Lempa | Lake Titicaca | Mekong | Aral Sea | Rhine | Jordan I | Jordan II
Events | Contacts

Project ID

Project Title

Public Awareness and Water Conservation


Water Cooperation Initiative

Focus Areas

Awareness and education: water conservation, IWRM

Geographic Scope

Lead Organization(s)

US Geological Survey (USGS)

Project Partners





Project website(s)




The Multilateral Working Group on Water Resources established the Public Awareness and Water Conservation Project in 1996, which was managed by the US.

The first activity completed by the regional participants was the design and preparation of a video aimed at youth that highlights the importance of water issues from a regional perspective.

The second major activity, known as WaterCare, was the preparation of a student resource book, teacher’s guide and complimentary webpage focused on water conservation issues that are regional in concept, scope and content. The materials were prepared jointly by educational writers from each of the regional participants and written for students between 12 and 15 years. Major topics addressed by the materials include water resources, water use, water pollution and life/health, water management for conservation and water care for the future, all from a regional perspective.

The third major activity was the RainCatcher project. RainCatcher was a pilot project that provided students a chance to ‘learn by doing’. It should increase awareness of rain harvesting as an important component in water conservation and offer a unique opportunity for regional collaboration on water conservation issues. Students from the three core parties helped design and monitor a rain harvesting system designed specifically for their school and participated in various related assignments and experiments.

Level of involvement: Youth

Expected Outcomes

Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication


See also

External Resources


9555 Rating: 2.7/5 (19 votes cast)