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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 18, February 2009
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The Rain-City Formation Project: Solving the Global Water Shortage

February 26, 2009

At the MOU signing ceremony, Suwon made a pledge to actively participate in the Rainwater Partnership project, supported by the UNEP-SNU Rain Research Center (USR), to help solve the global water shortage.


By signing the MOU Suwon has committed to make the city a "Mecca of Rainwater Management”, adopting an international standard to manage rainwater and enhance its international status through systematic implementation of the ICLEI Water Campaign principles.

Collaboration with the World Water Council

USR also agreed to support research and development, technological counsel and global promotion for Suwon to advance as an international rain city through collaboration with the World Water Council (WWC).

With technical aid from USR, Suwon, which has already incorporated sustainable water cycle formation into its municipal agenda, is anticipated to become a leader in the Green Growth Initiative while offering innovative solutions to help solve the global water shortage.

‘Rain City’

There is also talk of re-branding Suwon as 'Rain City,' highlighting its practices of efficient rainwater management.


In line with the MOU, Suwon will implement the Rain-City Formation Project in earnest between 2009 to 2012 with a budget of 12.1 billion KRW (approx. 8 million USD), launching 5 major programs to:

  1. Promote Suwon as a tourism-friendly city with a theme of rainwater as a tool for cultivating low carbon and green growth industries, and pursuing environmental and economical efficiency;
  2. Set-up a 'Water Cycle Plan' to transform Suwon into a ‘Rain-city’;
  3. Formulate administrative fundamentals for maximizing rain management;
  4. Establish rainwater-utilizing facilities; and
  5. Develop underground water for securing sustainable water resources.


Suwon also delivered a plan to invest 10.4 billion KRW (6.8 million USD) to establish 8 rainwater-utilizing facilities, establishing 2 per year until 2012.