Mosaic Marks World Water Day with $1.7 Million in Water Funding
Water is an essential input in our operations and across the agricultural value chain. It is also a critical resource for society, including the communities and ecosystems in which we operate. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation are honoring World Water Day by recognizing new and continued partners leading water-based projects and efforts across the globe that supports habitat conservation, nutrient stewardship, and watershed restoration.
“In 2021, we’ve already committed $1.7 million plus in-kind support to water-focused initiatives,” said Ben Pratt, SVP- Government and Public Affairs. “Our total water investments are nearly $29 million, with over 189 partnerships globally.”
In Florida, two projects are receiving a combined over $100,000 in funding this week:
|Restore America’s Estuaries||Supporting the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund to restore and conserve the Tampa Bay watershed with a focus on wetland habitat and water quality restoration|
|Coastal Conservation Association||Restoring coastal oyster reef in Charlotte Harbor’s Turtle Bay|
In Canada, Mosaic is extending partnership agreements totaling more than $400,000 with:
|Nature Conservancy of Canada||Funding supports habitat conservation in Saskatchewan|
|Nature Saskatchewan||Directly supporting the Stewards of Saskatchewan habitat conservation program|
|Safe Drinking Water Foundation||Sending water education kits for classroom learning in Saskatchewan|
|Ottawa Riverkeepers||River monitoring efforts and annual events|
|Wascana & Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility||Supporting citizen water monitoring kits|
Mosaic and the Mosaic Company Foundation will further their work with multi-year partners in 2021 including:
|Ducks Unlimited Canada||Wrapping up a decade of support to restore over 500 wetland acres in Saskatchewan|
|The Nature Conservancy||Furthering North America Agriculture Programs|
|Audubon Florida||Funding for Conserving bird habitat in Florida|
|Tampa Bay Watch||Supporting community-based Tampa Bay water quality and reef restoration efforts|
|Nutrient Stewardship Council||Provides 4R Nutrient Stewardship certification program outreach|
|The Florida Aquarium||Providing multiple in-kind deliveries of salt water using Mosaic barges|
For Mosaic, water isn’t just a critical resource in North America, it’s a global initiative. In South America, Mosaic Fertilizantes recently launched its annual water bidding initiative: Edital de Água. Organized by The Mosaic Institute, this program selects projects from civil society organizations and higher education institutions aimed at valuing and encouraging good water resource management practices to ensure quality water for future generations. This year, the program plans to expand to include 15 projects in up to 32 municipalities in Brazil.
In 2019, Edital de Água was recognized in two categories by the Global Compact of the United Nations (UN) for its contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) six, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
“Water is part of our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy. We aim to contribute to a 20% reduction in freshwater consumption by 2025. From a social point of view, we want to encourage good management practices for our water resources, mobilizing and investing in institutions that have projects ready to be implemented. We want to see entities and the community mobilizing to find local solutions and thereby help in the socioeconomic development of cities,” explained Paulo Eduardo Batista, Director of Social Performance at Mosaic Fertilizantes.
Learn more about Mosaic’s approach to Acting Responsibly, including our focus areas in supporting the environment and communities everywhere we operate.