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The Partnership goals for 2020 are:

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  • Create and strengthen 40 Water Funds to contribute to water security for cities across Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Generate positive impacts for 4 million hectares of natural ecosystems.
  • Benefit approximately 80 million people that get supplies of water from the basins where the Water Funds operate.
  • Leverage more than 500 million from public and private sectors.

Natural Infrastructure Could Help Solve Brazilian Cities’ Water Crises

Serious water crises have plagued Brazil’s major cities in recent years. Severe pollution in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay is jeopardizing sailing and other water sports at the upcoming Olympic Games.


Alpacas trump sheep in bid for Andean water security

TEPIC, Mexico, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - High on Ecuador's Andean plains, the Comuna Espejo co-operative is counting on a recent delivery of 20 woolly alpacas to keep its moist grasslands in better shape than the sheep that normally graze there - and in turn help secure water supplies to the nearby capital city of Quito.

“Little by little, we're going to see the impact the alpacas have, but they're easier to manage than sheep and the degradation is less,” said Henry Carrera, vice president of Comuna Espejo, now home to 18 female and two male alpacas.


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Improving Water Security Through Nature-Based Solutions

Arlington, Va. USA, January 12, 2017 — As demand continues to increase for clean and reliable water around the world, protecting the land surrounding our water sources is vital.


Private Sector Biodiversity Commitments Leveraged by CBD COP13

Biodiversity was high on the agenda in Mexico when the country hosted the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) last month. The event did much more than confirm existing commitments for biodiversity preservation and foster some exciting new commitments.


The most important achievements of the Partnership from 2011 to 2016

The most important achievements of the Partnership from 2011 to 2016 include:

  • 19 Water Funds created or strengthened throughout the region, which includes Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.
  • Almost 200 thousand hectares of critical areas in watersheds with conservation activities;
  • More than 200 public and private organizations participating directly in Latin American Water Funds.
  • More than 120 million dollars raised to support the initiative.

Four reasons to invest in green infrastructure

Forests, wetlands, and other natural ecosystems have the ability to filter, store and regulate water flow, enabling proper functioning of the water basins. That is green infrastructure. Added to the gray infrastructure, these natural ecosystems can play a key role in ensuring water security and resilience of our urban areas.


With an initial investment of $ 1,000 million, a public-private alliance launches the Fondo de Agua de Cartagena (Cartagena Water Fund)

  • The Cartagena Water Fund will promote the conservation of the ecosystems of the water provider system in order to help reduce the environmental and social risks of water supply in the city of Cartagena.

  • For the first year of operation, the investment resources will be invested on updating studies and implementing actions in four priority areas: the Correa, Boca Cerrada, Puerto Badel and Rocha townships where more than 1,300 families live.


Colombia, home of the 3rd Water Funds Biennial

  • The public and private sectors along with civil society members signed a commitment to generate positive impacts on 4 million hectares of watersheds that are the source of water for more than 80 million people leveraging $500 million dollars by 2020 in Latin American cities.

  • More than 200 international experts and representatives of Water Funds in Latin America, the Caribbean and the world gathered to work for the water security of cities through conservation.


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