Latin American Water Funds Partnership

The partnership is a mechanism that allows to provide technical and financial assistance for the creation and strengthening of Water Funds. It provides support to local stakeholders to implement them, contributing to establish the management structure for each fund.

It also provides advice and technical expertise that can strengthen the operation of the funds, and also facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices among Water Funds and other stakeholders.

Water Funds

Water Funds is an innovative model of long-term conservation that operates through investments that are focused on a single fund. The resources generated are assigned to preserve the essential lands above watersheds through conservation actions.

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

It is the leader environmental organization in the world, with more tan 10 years of work in Water Funds. The foundation of its work is scientific and it has been working over 60 years for conservation.

RESULTS AND IMPACTS 2015

The Latin-American water funds Alliance objective is the creation and strengthen of 40 water funds all along the region. At this moment, it counts with 18 water funds in operating stage and other 25 in different stages as: pre-feasibility, design, creation, operation and consolidation.

OPERATING FUNDS WATER MAP

http://fondosdeagua.org/en/where-we-work

IMPACTS OF WATER FUNDS

IMPACTS OF WATER FUNDS IN POPULATION

FINANCIAL SUPPORT - US´000

REVENUE BY PROGRAM

Acronyms Locar Program

  • NASCA - Northern Andes & South Central America
  • AFCS -  Atlantic Forest & Central Savannas
  • MNCA- Mexico & Northern Central America
  • SANDES - Southern Andes 
  • Caribbean

RESULTS AND IMPACTS 2015

The Latin-American water funds Alliance objective is the creation and strengthen of 32 water funds all along the region. At this moment, it counts with 17 water funds in operating stage and other 23 in different stages as: pre-feasibility, design, creation, operation and consolidation.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Water funds are a joint effort result from public, private, academic and civil society sectors, sharing future’s same vision: protecting fund waters for people, contributing to its development and sustainable well-being.

FUNDS STABLISHMENT 

FINANCIAL PROGRESS FROM EACH WATER FUND

Financial part is fundamental for funds water sustainability. Therefore, Latin-American Funds Water Alliance in the regional and local level are permanently executing strategies to attract resources and promoting the inclusion of new allies.

COUNTRIES WITH THE GREATEST PROGRESS CONCERNING CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES INPLEMENTATION

Each water fund finds a different developing stage. At the moment, the countries that register more implementation in this matter are:

Number of intervened hectares and activities achieved  

Each fund water implement traditional conservation activities (as reforesting, ground restoration, fence construction, etc.), as well as control and vigilance activities. Each fund may include other specific activities as urban structures construction that help to capture and retain the water that drops to the city to be used for other uses, etc. 

The following table shows the traditional activities mainly.

  • Public areas: Long term institutional cooperation agreements with public entities whose objective is generating support to improve water basin management. Ex: Natural Parks.
  • Private areas: Ecosystem and water basins cooperation agreements for conservation with high land owners, establishing responsibilities and incentives. This agreements have as objective to guaranty the continuity of further conservation activities.

FAMILIES RECEIVING PAYMENTS FOR ENVIROMENTAL SERVICIES

In some countries, water fund implement a payment model for environmental services to families located in the higher side of the basin that have direct impact on its conservation. Many families have received this benefit as an alternative economic activity, supporting basins protecting activities.

The total number of hectares prioritized on each water fund, direct benefited families and cities population supplied by water basins where water funds implement conservation projects.

  • During 2014 was signed an intention letter to create a water fund in Costa Rica. In April, Costa Rica’s environment ministry, FUNDECOR (Developing Foundation for the Central Volcanic Mountain Chain) and CRUSA (Costa Rica-United States Foundation for Cooperation) signed an agreement with the objective of support and promote San Jose’s Water Fund. This fund is part of the Latin-American Water Fund Alliance, also supported by Coca-Cola FEMSA.
  • In December 2014 was signed an intention letter from Guayaquil’s Water Fund. The Public Company of Water and Sewage System EMAPAG-EP along with other important local plaintiffs will be in charge of promoting this initiative: http://www.fondosdeagua.org/es/guayaquil-comprometida-con-sus-fuentes-de...
  • During 2014, Latin-American Water Funds Alliance participated in 7 international events as: World Economic Forum (WEF), GEF Assembly, World Water Week (WWW), FIMA (Environment World Forum), TNC Water Summit, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC).
  • From all this events, Water Worldwide Week (WWW) and FIMA had the most attention from the press. Media as El Espectador, RS Noticias, El Colombiano, and Blue Radio from Colombia on FIMA’s case. Social networks had a huge presence on WWW case with hashtag: #respetoalagua
 
OPERATING FUNDS

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Getting the Price of Water Right
2do Intercambio de Experiencias de los Fondos de Agua
Study Cases - TNC Fondos de Agua - Water Funds
Hydrological Monitoring in Water Funds