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FDW promotes sustainable leather technologies in India

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Published on: 13 February 2020 | Changed on: 21 February 2020

On 7 February 2020, Stahl opened its Center of Excellence in Kanpur, India. It is a result of a public-private partnership between business, non-profit organisations and a local government. The Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) co-funded this initiative. In the state Uttar Pradesh, the partnership promotes water efficiency technologies, waste water reduction and safe working conditions in the local leather sector. Between 2020 and 2025 it will kick-start various activities.

The Ganges river flows between the towns of Unnao and Kanpur, where the Center of Excellence is located. This river provides water to around 40% of India's population. The local leather industry uses this river for both the processing as well as the disposal of waste water.

A cleaner industry and river

The opening of the Center of Excellence is an important milestone in the partnership. It creates the opportunity to demonstrate new technologies, and train tannery staff to apply more sustainable practices. And thus work together on a cleaner Ganges. In the state-of-the-art Center of Excellence for sustainable leather technologies, local tanneries can work together with experts to gain experience in the use of new technologies, with a particular focus on reducing water pollution in the nearby tannery clusters. In this way, water consumption can be reduced by 40% and standards for waste water qualtity can be met.

Public and private parties join hands

The Center of Excellence is part of a 5-year public-private partnership between the company Stahl, the tannery associations, local players the Indian Pollution Control Board, and non-profit organisations Solidaridad (NGO) and PUM Netherlands senior experts.

The current partnership contributes to key FDW programme goals: efficient and sustainable water use, and safe deltas and improved river basins. With its positive impact on the local leather industry, the Center of Excellence will ultimately contribute towards stimulating sustainable economic growth, self-sufficiency and poverty reduction.

Water partnerships around the world

The Sustainable Water Fund has helped to set up over 40 partnerships around the world. From water service delivery models in Mali, safe sanitation in Kenya, coastal protection in Indonesia, to water allocation planning and pricing in Ethiopia. Governmental bodies, business, NGOs and knowledge institutes are working together to improve water safety and water security.

To find out more about the FDW programme, visit our information page and and read about the FDW projects and showcases.