Patronage within Labaronne-Citaf
“SMALL STREAMS MAKE BIG RIVERS…”
BE ABLE TO SUPPORT – EACH YEAR – A PROJECT OF GENERAL INTEREST,
THIS IS THE CHALLENGE THAT LABARONNE-CITAF IS TAKING UP.
“Four out of ten people in the world suffer from water shortages” according to the United Nations, which predicts a probable deterioration in the future as a result of climate change.
Aware of this state of emergency, Labaronne-Citaf wishes to contribute to the preservation of water, which is becoming the Earth’s rarest and most precious resource.
An act of solidarity in line with Labaronne-Citaf’s DNA
Despite the many alerts issued over the past few years, awareness is still insufficient. This is why, in addition to supplying NGOs with storage solutions for more than 30 years, Labaronne-Citaf wants to make its contribution by offering to finance projects that are concerned about and invested in this approach.
To this end, all the Labaronne-Citaf staff members have decided to launch a sponsorship operation in 2019 on the occasion of its 60th anniversary.
«”Indeed, we wish to contribute to a battle that particularly affects us and which was the leitmotiv of our founder, André Labaronne: bringing water to the most arid regions of the planet”, underlines Benoît Balandras, our President. “The aim of these sponsorship actions is to get involved in a tangible way with one of our partners, by financing projects invested in water preservation”.
This is why we hope to renew each year a partnership action, by supporting various organisations in their fight for the preservation of resources and sustainable water management.
Drinking water, a historic conquest
The quest for drinking water has always been a challenge, but over the decades it has become a major issue of the 21st century. According to the WHO (World Health Organization):
“A minimum of 20 liters of water per person per day is recommended to meet basic needs for hydration and personal hygiene.”
Of the 4.5 billion people (60% of the world’s population) who do not have access to fully secure sanitation services, 2.3 billion people still lack basic sanitation facilities. Yet water is a basic hygiene need to prevent the spread of disease.
Drought, aridity, water scarcity, water stress, rural exodus… In all four corners of the world, water scarcity is increasingly affecting lifestyles, production and tensions between countries. But this does not only concern the African continent, the Middle East, or India: developed countries are not to be outdone and remain potentially exposed to the consequences of climate change, whether it be rising water levels on their coastlines or the maintenance of their agriculture.
After gold and oil, “blue gold” has become the most sought-after resource on the planet.
Access to safe drinking water in the world
The United Nations has been working for many years to overcome the problems caused by water shortages and to ensure that clean and accessible water can be provided to meet the needs of people, trade and agriculture. In fact, water is in 6th place in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This objective aims to guarantee access to water and sanitation for all and to ensure sustainable management of water resources. It covers all aspects of the water cycle, including health, education, economy and environment.
NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) are active in two very different fields of activity:
Emergency interventions: direct interventions that aim to provide rapid assistance to populations that are most often in extreme situations of poverty and precariousness, following crises. These actions intervene in the short term and are qualified as humanitarian.
Development actions: long-term actions, which combine awareness raising, training and the development of a sustainable settlement.
The problems related to water, hygiene and sanitation constitute a very large part of their actions. To do so, they use various means.
For example, the main water transport and distribution solutions used by NGOs: self-supporting closed flexible tanks, open basins (self-supporting or on frames). These solutions allow humanitarian organizations to create mobile units, to set up relay or buffer storage facilities for water purification and decanting systems.
A collective adventure that is being built every day
The original mission of our company was from the beginning to “bring water where there was none”. As a result, Labaronne-Citaf has always been involved with humanitarian organizations, providing them with reliable products adapted to the field. More than just a supplier, Labaronne-Citaf has always been a trusted partner that its customers choose as much for its experience as for its commitments.
But we now have the ambition to make all our stakeholders aware of this issue of general interest, both internationally and locally.
This mobilization around our most involved partners, as well as the many actions we are carrying out in parallel to make our contribution (donation to the Restos du Cœur de l’Isère, to associations to water their shared gardens, etc.) are proof of this.
According to some studies, more than half of the large metropolitan areas could run out of water and suffer disruptions in its supply as early as 2050.
The real challenge is to invest today in countries in great difficulty in order to better understand our needs and manage our water resources in the near future.
By choosing Labaronne-Citaf, our customers are choosing a committed manufacturer, who donates a part of its sales to save water, to make it safe and accessible to all. In doing so, they become players in sustainable development. It is through small acts that major causes triumph!
So, wishing to contribute to the preservation of the water resources of our beloved blue planet?