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The Ecological Management Foundation (EMF) has extensive expertise in 2 main areas: developing and promoting large and small scale ecologically sound desalination technologies, and combatting world water scarcity through appropriate technical, commercial, financial and social innovation in both developed and developing countries.
In addition EMF has long-standing experience with activities that support these: in networking and cooperation with international partner organisations, and in the making of documentaries and other promotional media and instruments.

  • Desalination technology

    Ecological Management Foundation believes that within the next 10 years, desalination installations will increasingly and substantially deliver high quality water in a manner economically and ecologically superior to that delivered by further conventional investments.


  • Combatting world water scarcity

    The world's water supplies are under increasing pressure in both developed and developing countries, while millions of people worldwide remain excluded from sufficient safe drinking water and sanitation. Ecological Management Foundation addresses these issues by pioneering and promotiong appropriate technical, commercial, financial and social innovations in developed and developing countries. Much of EMF's work is in partnership with organisations around the world dedicated to the same cause.


  • International partnerships

    Besides being a source of inspiration, EMF's close cooperation with numerous international partner organisations has proved invaluable to the successful outcome of its projects. Over the past 20 years EMF has built an extensive, authoritative and active network, and has good connections with the private sector. In addition, EMF has long-standing experience with networking and bringing matching partners together.


  • Documentaries

    EMF started making documentaries in 1999 as a supporting activity, to raise public awareness to the issues it addressed. Since then EMF has continued to explore and initiate documentaries in the field of water, poverty and microfinance, in cooperation with professional filmmakers.



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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