Every Drop Matters Sri Lanka (EDM Sri Lanka)
EDM is an innovative multi-stakeholder participatory initiative to protect environment using "water as the central theme" to engage stakeholder communities. It focuses on "empowering communities" to maintain water quality in surface water bodies such as Kelani River by minimizing the pontential pollution. EDM promotes knowledge and awareness on water quality and quantity and related health issues while promoting appropriate technologies and best practices among communities, schools and Local Authorities.
Every Drop Matters is designed as a multi regional partnership initiative in the countries of Europe, CIS, Middle East and Asia-Pacific countries aiming at increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and promote responsible water resource management by outreach and awareness raising activities
Water is a source of life and a natural resource that sustains our environment and supports livelihoods – but it is also a source of risk and vulnerability. At least 1.2 billion people currently lack access to safe drinking water and water resources are becoming scarce day by day. In adopting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the countries of the world pledged to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015, and to stop the unsustainable exploitation of water resources.
Impacts of EDM can be elaborated as stakeholder identification and revitalizing national clean river programme using Kelani river as the first pilot. Engaged 14 local authorities, 10,000 school children forming 60 school volunteers and 10,000 households forming 100 volunteers.