Malawi Safe Water Supply Project


The Malawi Safe Water Supply Project is an initiative aimed at addressing the critical need for safe drinking water in Malawi. This Gold Standard certified carbon offset project targets communities that have been reliant on boiling water as their primary means of purification, a practice that not only demands substantial firewood but also contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions due to combustion.

By focusing on the repair of damaged boreholes and the drilling of new ones, the project provides a sustainable and reliable source of safe drinking water, eliminating the need for boiling and thus reducing firewood consumption. This intervention is expected to lead to a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with global efforts towards climate change mitigation and environmental preservation.

Impacts and Achievements:

Environmental Impact: Each year, the project generates 245,000 tCO2e of carbon reductions, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by cutting down on the need for firewood used in boiling water. This effort aligns with global climate change mitigation strategies.

Community Benefit: The rehabilitation of a borehole now serves 1,320 individuals, offering a clear improvement in health and access to potable water. This crucial step forward for the community highlights the project's role in providing essential services to those most in need.

Economic and Social Benefits: By reducing the time and resources spent on water collection, the project enables individuals to devote more energy to productive endeavors such as business and agriculture. This reallocation of time supports local economic growth and enhances the quality of life within the community.

Sustainable Solutions: The application of carbon funds for borehole maintenance ensures the project's durability and reliability. This approach guarantees that communities continue to benefit from clean water access, reflecting a commitment to sustainable practices and infrastructure.

The Malawi Safe Water Supply Project demonstrates a practical approach to improving water access while contributing to environmental goals. It underscores the importance of community-focused solutions in addressing global challenges, marking a significant step toward enhancing living conditions in Malawi through sustainable development practices.


Communications materials - United Nations Sustainable Development

Project Details

Project Type

Energy Efficiency / Conservation


Gold Standard



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