dws-solidaridad-ganges-ceremony-770px-1Three Dutch organisations, together with a number of Indian partners, launched a partnership to introduce a new, more environmental friendly, production process for the leather industry in India. 

The aim of the partnership is to reduce the effluent water discharged by at least 40 percent, contributing to a cleaner Ganges river. The three Dutch organisations are non-governmental organisation Solidaridad, leather processing product supplier Stahl and senior experts organisation PUM. The five-year project was launched in Kanpur on 13 November (see top photo).

dws-solidfaridad-stahl-tannery-kampur-350px The aim is to reduce the effluent water discharge of the tanneries in Kanpur with 40 percent.

Overall water use
The project seeks to make the Kanpur Leather Cluster more sustainable by implementing new working methods and state-of-the-art technologies with a lower environmental impact.

It will address the overall water use and pollution from the Kanpur leather cluster, which is partly responsible for pollution loads in the Ganges.

Stahl will be established to demonstrate more sustainable technologies. In addition, there are activities for downstream communities about efficient water use for irrigation and livestock farming.

More sustainable tanneries
‘Solidaridad sees cooperation with tanneries and governments as the key to a cleaner Ganges’, says Gert van der Bijl, International Programme Manager Livestock & Leather at Solidaridad.

dws-solidaridad-ganges-go-leather-free-350pxProtests against pollution of the Ganges river, made the Indian governement to start the Clean Ganga project.

‘Together we work on sustainable work practices for these tanneries. Solidaridad will introduce new technologies, business processes and trainings at all levels to diminish water use and pollution. Improving working conditions is an important focus’, Van der Bijl adds.

Complex water issues
According to Stahl the Kanpur leather cluster faces complex water issues. ‘Some 400 tanneries discharge 50 million liters of waste water each day’, explains Michael Costello, Director Sustainability at Stahl.

‘We alone cannot change the situation, so we have joined forces with industry partners and local authorities to contribute to the clean-up already underway of this iconic and sacred river,” says Costello.

The project is supported by The Sustainable Water Fund programme (FDW), a public-private partnership facility of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This news item was originally published on the websites of Solidaridad, Stahl and PUM.

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