The Kingdom of Morocco and United Nation's Steering Committee for the Council of the Parties recently awarded Agua International Water Relief the (COP) 22 Label for our work in partnership with the Afghanistan Environmental Society on:
Green Afghanistan Clean Afghanistan
Green Afghanistan Clean Afghanistan is a national action program comprised of learning, research, education, celebrations, and community service projects being carried out by the Afghanistan Environmental Society (AES), Agua International Water Relief (AIWR), and affiliate civil service organizations.
The projects of Green Afghanistan Clean Afghanistan are:
1) An information campaign (research, knowledge transfer, inter-organizational, inter-generational cooperation, and education)
2) World Environment Day City Cleanup (mobilization, mitigation, and community engagement)
3) Tree planting (mobilization, adaptation, and community engagement)
All three projects are designed to build on and support the learning from the others. For example, the information campaign conducted at Kabul University with students, faculty, and industry professionals covered topics like "watershed protection", "climate change mitigation", "technology transfer", and "innovations in water resource management for disaster prevention" which are subsequently addressed in the follow on projects through simple community engagement exercises such as "trash clean up" and "planting trees".
All project elements were designed with an international component, social media components, mobilization components, and promoted both genders equal opportunities in a very complex cultural environment. Public visibility of community engagement projects sends a very strong message about the importance each and every one of us plays in the fight against climate change.
Many environmental champions participated in order to make these efforts successful including Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.R.H Prince Mostapha Zaher, Director General of the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), members of Parliament, municipal chairman and students, and representatives of environmental and civil society organizations.
Forest and Climate
Capacity building and know-how transfer
Innovation and Technology Transfer
Mitigation / Adaptation