The programme aims at developing the capacities of governmental institutions to regulate the use of water resources and provide advisory services to the sector, e.g. by showcasing the economic benefits of water efficiency measures for companies. In doing so, the efficient use of water resources of the textile industry is enhanced and resilience to climate-induced water scarcity strengthened.
A key aspect of the programme is to support the government translating the federal action plan for reducing climate change-induced water risks into specific measures to increase water efficiency in the textile and garment industry. Therefore, dialogues are used strengthen a culture of collaboration between the involved stakeholder – governmental institutions, private sector associations and companies. The partners are supported in setting up a stable cooperation system required for implementing the action plan on a provincial level, focusing on establishing communication structures among partners.
Piloting in Companies
With the textile sector transforming very quickly, it is crucial to keep up the pace with change. GIZ follows the idea that collaboration and sharing knowledge builds a culture of continuous learning to race with the intensity of the changing business environment. A key aspect of the programme approach is to increase water efficiency of selected companies to showcase the economic viability of investments into water efficiency. Dialogue as a guiding principle is also a basis for the cooperation with factories: By establishing dialogue structures within the company, the company staff identifies problems jointly, defines targets and develops common solutions. The purpose is to frame challenges collectively, and thus to enhance problem-solving skills within the company. The approach offers solutions to the textile producers to improve their capacities on water efficiency and treatment. It helps to build a learning culture, enhanced through coaching and mentoring for the factory’s management and workers.
Unplanned industrialisation often goes along with ecological stress. Regarding resource efficiency, industrial areas are predestined to generate high saving potentials. The aim of GIZ is to support the development of good practices on sustainable industrial parks for joint water use and wastewater disposal. For exchange, networking mechanisms and for knowledge sharing between relevant partners suitable tools will be developed, e.g. an e-learning system, to give public authorities and private associations the opportunity to strengthen their capacities in terms of water resource and wastewater management. Based on this, the partners are supported in developing guidelines for the management of eco-industrial parks.