A Day for Water and Water for Sustainable Development

On the occasion of the 22nd World Water Day, find out why water-related issues are a major concern for the AXA Group and how it supports research in this area. ALL NEWS  |  Climate
Mar 20, 2015

Since 1993, World Water Day is marked on March 22nd, shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. In 2015, the theme is "Water and Sustainable Development". It's about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.

Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.

What about AXA's commitment?

As a responsible corporate citizen, AXA strives to play a positive role in society, by building a culture that promotes employee volunteering to support the communities in which it operates. AXA is also committed to sharing its business expertise by helping to build better understanding of the risks faced by individuals and society at large.

Risk Prevention: Access to clean water in Senegal

AXA's Mediterranean and Latin American Region (MedLA) launched an initiative called "Water for All in Senegal" to install a water treatment station in the Senegalese village of Syer. The objective: give access to clean water to the villagers to prevent them from drinking unsanitary water from a lake nearby, leading to severe illnesses ; and also raise awareness in the area on the use of the water station.

A few months later, a second "Water For All" edition was launched linked to the tenth anniversary of the region. It was the first Corporate Responsibility common action involving all MedLA entities. Each country held fund raising actions run by employee volunteers to fund a second water station in a neighboring village, Guidick.

Risk Education - Partnership with CARE

AXA Group has joined with CARE, the international humanitarian NGO, to help vulnerable populations to better prepare for climate-related risks, in particular through Climate Change Adaptation projects based on the international research program "Where the Rain Falls".

In Benin for example, the program has two objectives:

  • Prevent risks of water-borne diseases and reduce infant mortality linked to the poor supplying rates of water and basic hygiene services
  • Improve access to drinking water and basic hygiene facilities in the districts or Borgou and Oueme where the country's drinking water supply is at its lowest

Overall, eighty villages have been trained on good hygiene practices and CARE teams have helped the villagers to use and maintain the 122 new wells built thanks to this program. The project should reduce water-borne diseases by 10% while increasing the water supply by at least twenty liters per person per day. More than 54 000 people will benefit from the project over five years.

Risk Research: AXA Research Fund at the forefront of academic knowledge on water in all its forms

The risks around water, whether they deal with its availability, scarcity and the related extreme events will undoubtedly be some of the greatest challenges ahead, impacting our societies and ecosystems. In keeping with the belief that today's science will help provide better protection tomorrow, the AXA Research Fund, the science philanthropy initiative of AXA, aims to boost independent academic progress and discoveries on environmental, life and socio-economic risks. Discover the work carried out by six young scientists about water related issues.

Esther Delbourg, France
Looking at 'water wars' and 'virtual water'

Dr Luciano Raso, France
Ensuring water security under climate change on the Seine River

Dr Emiliano Renzi, Ireland
How can we prevent coastal flood risks?

Ted McCormack, Ireland
Risk assessment for groundwater flooding in Ireland

Dr Steven Weijs, Switzerland
Optimal risk-based decisions by maximizing extraction of environmental information for streamflow forecasts

Dr Xingxing Kuang, Hong Kong
Impact of ice melting due to global warming in Qinghai-Tibetan plateau on groundwater flow systems in Asia