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The Ecological Management Foundation (EMF) finances incubating and innovative projects and works closely together with the Land and Water Team within Aidenvironment.

Selected projects

The following selection of projects initiated by EMF since 1990 offers an idea of the range of our activities:

  • Promotion of new accessible seawater desalination technologies ecologically and economically superior to conventional technologies, both on a large and small scale
  • International promotion of the Integrated Water Resource Management Concept, including desalinated brackish water and seawater
  • Promotion of horticulture in the Caribbean area through desalination of brackish water and seawater
  • Initiation and coordination of a Business and Industry CEO Panel on water, involving 13 major multinationals at the World Water Fora in The Hague in 2000 and in Kyoto in 2003
  • Building three water treatment units in Bangladesh, removing Arseen and Salt
  • Support of and assistance with the initiative of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) with respect to the sustainable management of natural resources
  • Regular contributions to professional magazines and books on the subject of corporate social responsibility in sustainability issues


Sanitation 2.0 re-using pee and poo
Rising to the challenge of water scarcity
Working on water together
Opening up the oceans with desalination
When water hits your bottom line


Investment Funds for Water and Sanitation: Y/N?

Social impact investing is on the rim to become main streamed, this will take another 3-5 years, but the trend is clear: more and more high net worth individuals prefer to invest instead of donate, taking a more business wise approach. Investing in Micro Finance Institutions (MFI) is a clear example impact investing pays off, from a financial point of view. However the social and environmental impact of commercial operating MFIs' is not a given fact of their business. Most of these institutes realize they have to improve, so why don't MFIs' invest in water and sanitation?

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