Haiti Clean Water Project

Project Type: Greenhouse Gas-Reducing Water Purification
Location: Ouest, Sud-Est, Nord, Centre and Nord-Ouest Departments, Haiti
Year: 2017
Standard: The Gold Standard
Climate Impact: 80,000 tonnes CO2e
Clean Water: 250 million liters
Beneficiaries: 2,580 families

In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the country of Haiti, resulting in an estimated 300,000 deaths and over $8 billion dollars in damage. Since then, millions in Haiti still lack clean water and sanitation. To address the need for clean water, Native is using The Gold Standard’s established carbon reduction protocol to implement, monitor, and verify a 10-year project that will deliver clean water while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, we will be monitoring progress toward the achievement of four UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG3 Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG6 Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG13 Climate Action

Project Description

Native, in partnership with Pure Water for the World, is providing clean drinking water to communities in need in Haiti. The Hydraid water filters provide a simple, safe and effective household water filter that will operate for 10 years or longer. It uses centuries-old slow sand technology to remove up to 99% of waterborne pathogens. With safe drinking water, communities reduce time absent from school or work due to illness and save money on medical expenses. This project presents a new solution to the challenges of extreme poverty, poor health, and the increasing carbon dioxide emissions associated with burning wood to boil water for drinking.

The project combines carbon finance and long-term community benefits with the rigor and accountability of a verified carbon project.

Impacts & Benefits

Avoided deforestation helps preserve habitats and biodiversity, and access to clean drinking water means families contract fewer illnesses. Avoided burning of wood indoors for boiling water means less household and ambient air pollution, which improves health and well-being for families. Both cleaner water and cleaner indoor air are particularly important for the health of children under the age of five. Families are also able to save money they would previously have spent on wood and charcoal, which enables them to purchase household resources such as food and farm supplies, and to pay school fees.

The project is monitored annually and verified to the Gold Standard, a leading independent standard for voluntary carbon reduction projects. Among other parameters, the usage rate of the filters, the quality of the filtered water, and the amount of water consumed by the households are monitored, as well as the reduction in the burning of wood.

Project Participants

This project is a collaborative effort with Native and Pure Water for the World.

Validation & Verification

The Haiti Clean Water Project is designed to follow the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) protocol for low greenhouse gas emitting water purification systems. The project has been independently validated as a Gold Standard Microscale Project, and will be verified annually over the ten-year project life.