To restore the Jiaquan watershed in the Southern Chinese province of Guangdon, the Longmen project created public-private partnerships providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for local people, maintaining a healthy ecosystem and promoting sustainable watershed management.
The quality and volume of water in the Jiaquan Watershed in Guangdon Province, South China, was at risk. The water was seriously polluted with chemicals and general household waste. In addition, the environment and long-term livelihoods were under threat from large and expanding tree plantations which were insufficiently managed so there was little protection and restoration of the spring core area and secondary forests. Mineral water, meanwhile, had to meet very strict quality standards for purity, composition, stability and nitrate levels, and Danone needed to safeguard water quality at its Longmen plant. With support from Danone Ecosystem Fund, Danone Waters China and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Longmen pilot took place on a total of 10 hectares of green mandarin and alternate crops. The project aimed to restore 43 hectares of secondary forest while setting up a water training school focusing on waste water and drinking water management. All these initiatives were delivered through farmers’ self-help groups and community associations.
The project improved farmers’ incomes through alternative sustainable livelihood opportunities, building capacity among farmers in skills of sustainable agriculture techniques and water use for both agricultural and household use. Environmental protection and water safety are still two important subjects in China and the project rose awareness about these issues, as well as strengthening Danone Waters China’s credibility and reputation by contributing to watershed conservation and environmental protection.
Farmers benefiting from equipment
Farmers who benefited from training to plant green rice