Mercy Corps, ITT Champion Fresh Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction

Aug. 22, 2011

Funding by ITT Watermark supports six new programs underway in Colombia, China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal and Tajikistan

The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps and ITT Corp. announced the next stage of their multi-year partnership, which includes risk reduction programs in six developing countries where people are particularly vulnerable to water-related disasters. The leaders of this initiative will convene at World Water Week, an annual gathering that takes place this week in Stockholm, Sweden.

On Tuesday, project managers for the six water-related risk reduction programs will take part in a project launch workshop to discuss innovations in the field and their individual activities. A summary of key findings will be prepared for public release. The programs, currently underway in Colombia, China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal and Tajikistan, will be completed by December 2012 and are expected to benefit approximately 500,000 people.

World Water Week is the annual meeting place to discuss the planet's most urgent water related issues. Organized by the Stockholm Intl. Water Institute, it brings together 2,500 experts, practitioners, decision makers and business innovators from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions.

Source: Mercy Corps; ITT Corp.

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