Madre Agua has the support of the Administrative Department of Environmental Management (DAGMA), the Corporación Autónoma Regional del Valle del Cauca (CVC), Parques Nacionales de Colombia (Colombia’s National Parks), the Municipal Enterprises of Cali (EMCALI), the Latin American Alliance of Water Funds –made by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), The FEMSA Foundation, The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Environmental Fund (GEF)- which have joined forces to help protect the water sources that serve more than 2 million people living in the capital of Valle del Cauca.
Madre Agua is a public-private and civil society initiative, which seeks to generate resources to promote conservation of our watersheds, and which will work with different resources, and through projects from public entities and investments that will be made by the the participating companies. These resources will be allocated to specific projects regarding ecosystem restoration, reforestation, currents insulation, conservation of strategic ecosystems, compensation programs for environmental services, births insulation, implementation of environmental corridors, ecological tourism, education and monitoring, early warning of forest fires and the implementation of sustainable production practices.
Madre Agua will also promote better water governance processes through training and support of different communities living in the water basin, as well as disclosure and dissemination of results, and the articulation and validation of those processes with local and regional initiatives.
To complement this, the establishment of a capital that allows the sustainability of the Fund will be seeked, and a monitoring system will be established to provide continuos monitoring both of the investments and the achieved results and impacts.
According to studies conducted by TNC and DAGMA, from the 35,000 potential hectars to work in the basins, 4,500 will receive priority treatment at an early stage due to their ability to obtain the best results in quantity and quality of water.
With the launching of Madre Agua Water Fund, the design phase of the Water Fund that started back in 2013 comes to an end, and the implementation phase of the projects starts, for which a cooperation agreement will be signed between TNC, Cali’s City Hall, the DAGMA, Emcali, CVC and Parques Nacionales Naturales (Colombia’s National Parks). This event seeks to consolidate the partnership of the private sector to this initiative.