By 2025, at least two-thirds of the world’s population will likely be living in water-stressed areas. Nature plays a key role towards improving the water security of urban areas. Water Funds have proven to be effective mechanisms that convene governments, civil society and the private sector to collectively work to improve water security through investments in green infrastructure throughout Latin America.
The III Biennial of Water Fundsd, organized by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), FEMSA Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), will count with the participation of Water Funds representatives and more than 200 participants from different sectors. They will share experiences and innovative ideas on how to contribute to water security through natural infrastructure, and establish commitments to promote solutions for water and sustainable development in the region.
In 2011, TNC, together with the FEMSA Foundation, the IADB and the GEF, launched the Latin American Water Funds Partnership to promote the creation of new Water Funds and strengthen existing ones.
After five years spreading the Water Fund concept, the Partnership found that the five elements that make Water Funds successful (inclusion, scalability, fundability, adaptability, and stackability) enable multi-stakeholder collaboration in a way that allows to go beyond conservation and pursue a more compelling objective: watershed sustainability.
The 3rd Biennial Water Funds Summit will take place in Bogota, Colombia from June 15th to 17th, 2016. It will be a three day event with a combination of capacity building (CB), educational (E) and informative (I) sessions on science, cohesion, decision and action mechanisms, business, public policy, management, and communication.
This year’s Biennial will bring together more than 200 conservation and wáter management professionals, decision-makers from Water Funds, government authorities from the national, regional and local levels, decision makers from the private sector, representatives from the development community and multilateralagencies, academia and civil society.